The Bears have agreed to a trade with the Raiders for Kahlil Mack.
It was reported the Raiders were looking for two first round picks in exchange for Mack, but Chicago will be able to negotiate a deal to keep Mack long term, according to a Sept. 1 tweet from Ian Rapoport.
The reaction to the trade has been overwhelmingly positive, and if you have been scrolling through social media recently you may have seen the reaction firsthand.
Mack is a three-time pro-bowler, two-time all-pro and was the 2016 Defensive Players of the Year. But Mack is one player, how much better can he make the Bears?
In his past three season Mack had 36.5 sacks, according to pro football reference. If his 10.5 sacks last season were added to the Bears total, Chicago would have ranked third in sacks—not taking into account the sacks players Mack will replace had.
The Bears pass rush now includes Akiem Hicks, who had 8.5 sacks last season, rookie Roquan Smith and Leonard Floyd.
In a division run by quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers and Mathew Stafford, a menacing pass rush can take back the division.
The Bears defense was top 10 in points allowed and yards allowed in 2017, now they have acquired one of the better defensive players in the league.
Now the Bears major offseason additions include, Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Khalil Mack.
The Bears will have a much improved offense and defense with even more star power. The Bears would have struggled to make the playoffs without Mack, and would not come close to a division title.
Now that they have Mack, a .500 season is more of a reality. A division title may not be likely, but grabbing a wild card spot is not unrealistic.