The Chicago Bears kicked off the Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus rebuild by trading All-Pro Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers for draft compensation.
The Chicago Bears shocked the NFL world and upgraded the intensity of the AFC West division by trading Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers.
What? Yes, that is correct. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Thursday that the All-Pro Edge Rusher is heading out west for the price of a second-round pick in 2022 and a sixth-rounder in 2023.
What? That’s all you could get for Khalil Mack? Not even a first-rounder? Getting a second-rounder in 2022, which happens to be in the top 50, is not something to be mad about, but what exactly is Ryan Poles doing? Not to say that trading Mack was a bad move, but that’s all you could get in return?
Sure, injuries have played a major role in Mack’s time in Chicago after his breakout 2018 campaign when he first arrived in town. Still, after seeing what Russell Wilson went for, Mack should have been traded for more than two draft picks, at least three or four, even if some had to be a late rounder.
The Chicago Bears are taking a massive gamble by trading Khalil Mack to the Chargers
It’s now obvious on the Chargers side that they want to win while Justin Herbert is on his rookie contract. Hence, the re-signing of wide receiver Mike Williams and now this trade for Khalil Mack.
You certainly can’t fault them for that, especially with how the AFC West is loaded with the Chiefs, Broncos, and the Raiders.
Meanwhile, for Chicago, they now have picks 39 and 48 in the draft. At first, it looked like the second-rounder would be in 2023, which would have left Bears fans furious. But the second-rounder is in 2022, so the crisis is averted for now.
NFL Free Agency hasn’t even started, and already moves are being made by contenders, while others wanting to rebuild are stockpiling on picks. If the Bears are serious about rebuilding, they will do more than just trading Mack. That means trading other players with hefty contracts and reshaping everything from the ground up.