The NFL trade market has been hot and heavy this week, with Russell Wilson and Carson Wentz on the move on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. But on Thursday, it was the Khalil Mack trade that sent shockwaves through Chicago. It wasn’t just fans who were taken aback, either. Bears players, both past and present, were caught off guard, too. Here are some of their best reactions.
Charles Woodson is one of the best Raiders in franchise history, so obviously he’s not excited at the prospect of seeing Derek Carr under pressure from both Mack and Joey Bosa.
But while the Bears, and AFC West rivals fretted online, the Chargers themselves shared their joy.
Mack has been the most impactful player on the Bears defense since 2018, when Ryan Pace traded away two first-round picks, a third and a sixth to bring him to Chicago. In four seasons with the Bears, Mack racked up 36 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. He was off to a fast start in 2021 with six sacks in seven games, but a foot injury cut his season short.
Mack is a three-time First-Team All-Pro and has been named to the Pro Bowl six times. He also won defensive player of the year in 2016.
Now the Bears will turn to Robert Quinn, Mario Edwards and Trevis Gipson to generate quarterback pressure.