The last piece to the Raiders trade of Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears was the details on his new contract. We knew it surpass the record deal for defenders that Aaron Donald received Friday from the Rams. And boy did it ever.
Khalil Mack and the Bears just reached agreeement on a record-setting 6-year, $141 million extension ($23.5M per year avg) that includes $90M guaranteed and $60M at signing, source tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2018
Mack is the new highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.
Donald’s deal paid him $22.5 million over a 6-year extension with $87 million guaranteed. Mack gets a million more per season and $3 million more in guarantees.
Consider that there were reports this offseason that Khalil Mack was looking for $22 million this offseason, which means it’s possible the Raiders could have had him for a million and a half less per season had they made the deal anytime prior to yesterday. But at that time that much seemed like too much as most expected him to accept just over $20 million which would have surpassed Von Miller to become the highest paid non-QB.
Alternately, they could have tried to force him to play under the final year of his rookie deal and tried to sign him again next offseason.
If the Raiders plan was to wait for the cutdown day to free up immediate money under the cap, that backfired with the market being reset to a level they were entirely unwilling to keep up with.