Chicago Bears: 5 must-know facts about Khalil Mack trade

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What did the Bears give up?

The trade became official as of Saturday afternoon, and boy, let me tell you, the Bears made out pretty good on this one. First of all, the Bears did not give up a player, like it was originally thought. That means, the Bears’ starting linebackers will look like this:

Khalil Mack

Roquan Smith

Danny Trevathan

Leonard Floyd

My goodness, is that a scary foursome or what?

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, this is the official deal:

No, your eyes do not deceive you. Not only do the Bears get Mack, but they somehow managed to return picks on their end. Pace is known to be the master at wheeling and dealing, but this takes it to a whole different level.

Pace loves to recoup picks after losing them. He has tried to acquire as many picks as he can in many scenarios over the last four years, and this situation is no different.

Let’s recap.

The Bears get a two-time All-Pro linebacker in Mack, with 40.5 career sacks in four seasons. Not only that, but they get a second-round pick in the 2020 draft as well as a conditional selection in the same draft.

Sure, we knew that the price to pay for a guy like Mack would include multiple first-round picks — fine, that’s not a big deal. The Bears also give up a third-rounder in 2020 and a sixth-rounder next year.

How much are you willing to wager Pace could somehow recoup some picks before those drafts? Not to say he’d find a way to get back a first-rounder, but the guy sure knows how to draft into later rounds and I wouldn’t put it past him to find a way to secure a few more of those.