5 reasons the Chicago Bears were right to trade Khalil Mack

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Thursday was a difficult day for a lot of Chicago Bears fans. We saw general manager Ryan Poles make a difficult decision that is certainly difficult to cope with for many of us.

The Bears opted to deal All Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers, signaling a true rebuild was beginning.

In exchange for Mack, the Bears received a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 sixth-round pick. At first glance, that might be a little light. However, the Chargers are taking on the contract — and that’s what will matter quite a bit, especially next year.

Trading Mack was likely not an easy decision for Poles, but it was necessary.

Trading Khalil Mack signaled a full-on rebuild for the Chicago Bears.

Poles knew what he had to do. His team has a franchise quarterback in Justin Fields. The last regime made the move necessary to move up and get the team a franchise leader, but that also left the Bears without much in terms of draft capital this year.

Despite what many fans may have felt, this team was not just a few players away from a Super Bowl. It was far from that, and Poles knew it.

Fans will now have to try to make sense of it all while trusting that Poles is going to turn this team into a real contender — it’s just going to take time.

But, for now, we move on from Mack after some outstanding memories.

The Mack trade will go down as maybe the most important move of Poles’ career in Chicago, and it was his first major decision. So, why did it make sense? Why should Bears fans put the drink down and take a deep breath? Here’s why.