Khalil Mack met with Chicago media at the headquarters of the Chicago Bears Saturday morning after a whirlwind of activity. In what has to be the wildest 24 hour span of the off-season Mack went from being a contract holdout with the Oakland Raiders, to the highest paid defensive player in the history of the league, 6yrs/$141M $90M guaranteed and a $60M signing bonus, for the Bears.
At his press conference Mack told reporters he was shocked by not being re-signed and traded at this stage of his career, but feels like he is ready to go week 1 against the Green Bay Packers.
“I’m a competitor I love to compete,” Mack said.
When asked besides the deal what prompted him to want to be a Bear, Mack replied “to be wanted. Uh yeah, that’s all it takes. That feeling that a place is excited to have you.” Mack insists that he isn’t about just the money.
The money is but one aspect to Mack, most important to him was meeting his new teammates and learning them and integrating himself into their world. “I’m here in Chicago and I’m ready to do it.”
“I want to be a great teammate, I’m going to do my job, I expect everyone else to do theirs as well.”
“I want to play like the best defensive player in the league, I want to be the best at what I do,” Mack said. “I want to be great, I want to be known as one of the best to play the game.”
Mack feels the pressure of being the highest paid defensive player in the league but also thinks he is ready to shoulder that responsibility.