Jets didn't offer Raiders multiple 1st-round picks for Khalil Mack

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It's back to work for all parties still thrilled by what went down. The Raiders, who gave Carr a contract that pays him $25 million annually last summer, weren't willing to give him that, so they traded him to the Bears in exchange for two first-round picks (among other draft picks that were exchanged in the deal) and watched the Bears immediately hand Mack the record-breaking contract he desired. It's one of those situations, it sucks we lost our friend, we lost our brother but you know we have games to win. In the almost 200 years of combined football played by the two storied franchises - Sunday night's season opener at Lambeau Field kicks off the 100th season for the Packers and 99th for the Bears - only 87 players have suited up for both teams, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The hype was warranted, because trades of this magnitude have been so rare in the NFL.

2018 will be a special year for these Bears. "Bottom line is, we did do our due diligence, there was a standoff and he got a great contract from the Bears". Mack is already established as a star. I believe that 100 per cent. Oakland also included its second-round selection in 2020. New head coach Matt Nagy, a proud descendant of the Andy Reid coaching tree, figures to find innovative ways to use all of them, as well as pint-sized running back Tarik Cohen.

Mack, who belongs to the same draft class as Carr, was entering the final year of his rookie deal. Gabe Jackson signed a five-year, $55 million extension shortly after. "We've had one winning season in 14 years", he said.

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Unlike Bennett and McMichael, who finished their careers with the rival team, Peppers' time in the rivalry - four years with the Bears (2000-13) and three with the Packers (2014-16) - came in the middle of his career, sandwiched between his start and presumed finish with the Carolina Panthers, which will ultimately be the team he's associated with the most. In the east, the question of whether the Eagles can maintain their momentum coming off of a Super Bowl victory with the Cowboys and a resurgent Giants team on their heels. The circumstances surrounding this team seem to support the trade.

But that doesn't mean Bears fans can't recognize talent on the Packers roster. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the product of Pace's prior bold conviction, will ultimately have the greatest say in what happens during this window for championship contention.

But the arrival of Mack was crucial for the Bears in that he's the caliber of player who makes everybody better on the defense.

Now, the Bears have landed the NFL's premier pass rusher in Mack. But now the Raiders and Gruden will have to find a way to compete in the tough AFC West without one of the league's best defenders.

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