As abruptly as Khalil Mack’s time in Chicago began in 2018, it ended Thursday.
The Chicago Bears are buying and selling the six-time Professional Bowl edge rusher to the Los Angeles Chargers for a second-round draft decide in 2022 and a sixth-round decide in 2023. Ryan Poles’ first main transfer as Bears basic supervisor signified his willingness to tear down the Bears roster in a rebuild.
Mack leaves Chicago having totaled 36 sacks, 35 tackles for a loss, 52 quarterback hits, 14 compelled fumbles and two interceptions in 53 video games over 4 seasons.
Right here’s a take a look at how his profession right here unfolded.
Sept. 1, 2018
Because the Bears bought able to open their first season below new coach Matt Nagy, basic supervisor Ryan Tempo pulled off one of many greatest strikes of his tenure. The Bears despatched 2019 first- and sixth-round picks and 2020 first- and third-round picks to the Oakland Raiders to amass Mack, then 27 and getting into his fifth NFL season. The Bears, who additionally bought a second-round decide and a conditional decide that grew to become a seventh rounder within the deal, then signed Mack to a six-year, $141 million extension by means of 2024, with $90 million assured.
“Elite defensive gamers of their prime are uncommon, so after we knew we had a legit shot to amass him, we did every little thing we thought essential to get him,” Tempo mentioned in an announcement.
The following day, Mack launched himself to the media at Halas Corridor by saying he’s “not a giant talker” and as an alternative likes to point out what he can do by means of his work.
“I’ve all the time considered myself as the very best defensive participant within the league and I wish to play like the very best defensive participant within the league,” he mentioned. “I wish to be the very best at what I do, and that’s simply me. That’s what comes with Mack.”
Sept. 9, 2018
In his Bears debut in opposition to the Inexperienced Bay Packers, Mack compelled two second-quarter turnovers in a span of seven Packers performs. First, he stripped backup quarterback DeShone Kizer, filling in for injured Aaron Rodgers, on third-and-goal and recovered the fumble. Then he returned an interception 27 yards for a landing, the one pick-six of his time in Chicago.
Nevertheless, Rodgers returned to rally the Packers to a 24-23 victory.
“You put together all offseason for the primary sport of the season,” Mack mentioned. “I wished to come back again and make an affect, however even then you definately wish to win these video games. That’s the one factor on my thoughts. I hate shedding.”
Oct. 28, 2018
After injuring his proper ankle two weeks earlier, Mack missed the primary sport of his profession, in opposition to the New York Jets.
He additionally sat out per week later, spoiling a possible return to Buffalo, the place he performed in faculty. They have been the one two video games he missed of his first three seasons in Chicago.
Dec. 16, 2018
Mack recorded 2 ½ sacks — the second-highest single-game whole of his profession — to assist the Bears to a 24-17 victory over the Packers and the NFC North title. That included the aptly named Khalil Mack Again Sack.
Leonard Floyd added two sacks because the Bears took down Rodgers 5 occasions.
“(Mack) is the sort of participant, similar to Aaron Donald whenever you play in L.A., you must determine the place he’s at each play,” Rodgers mentioned. “You’re pairing him with Floyd, who’s a legit move rusher, Eddie (Goldman), who has had an excellent season, Akiem (Hicks), who may be very disruptive. It’s a troublesome entrance.”
Jan. 6, 2019
In Mack’s second profession playoff sport, the Bears protection held the Philadelphia Eagles to only 10 factors late into the fourth quarter.
However the Eagles put collectively a profitable 60-yard drive within the ultimate 5 minutes. Once they reached the Bears 2-yard line, Mack stopped Darren Sproles twice for no achieve, and Nick Foles threw incomplete on third down. However Foles hit Golden Tate for a landing on fourth down, and Cody Parkey double-doinked the 43-yard field-goal try a minute later in a 16-15 Eagles victory.
“It wasn’t going to shock me in the event that they stopped them,” Bears coach Matt Nagy mentioned. “How are you going to fault our D? They’ve performed fairly darned properly this 12 months. These guys really feel unhealthy. They wish to make a play greater than anyone, however that’s our job then because the offense to step up and decide them up.”
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio left a short while later to turn into the Denver Broncos head coach. Mack appeared in a single different playoff sport for the Bears within the 2020 season however nonetheless hasn’t performed in a postseason victory.
Oct. 6, 2019
The Bears entered their London sport in opposition to the Raiders at 3-1, resulting in one in every of Mack’s extra memorable quotes.
“A canine that poops quick don’t poop for lengthy,” he mentioned, later providing a proof. “It actually signifies that anyone can begin quick. But it surely’s about the entire race. what I’m saying? It’s the entire season. Being constant.”
There was important buildup about Mack going through his former group, and his sport didn’t stay as much as the hype. The Raiders double-teamed Mack for a lot of the sport to carry him with out a sack and with one quarterback hit in opposition to Derek Carr.
“The coaches have been the actual MVPs of immediately’s sport,” Carr mentioned after the Raiders’ 24-21 win.
It was the beginning of a six-game stretch during which Mack had just one sack. He finally broke the tough patch with a key strip-sack in opposition to New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones in late November, however he completed the season with 8 ½ sacks, the second-lowest whole of his profession subsequent to his rookie season.
Oct. 8, 2020
Mack had six video games with two or extra sacks whereas with the Bears, some of the memorable a 20-19 victory over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Area.
That was the sport Brady misplaced observe of downs. It was additionally the sport Mack flung proper deal with Tristan Wirfs to the bottom after attending to Brady.
“I can’t clarify that, man,” Mack mentioned. “It simply occurs. I play the sport very bodily, and it simply so occurred that he was holding on to me, and I needed to get him off.”
Dec. 13, 2020
Mack and the Bears protection throttled the Houston Texans and quarterback Deshaun Watson on the way in which to the primary of three straight December wins and a playoff berth.
Mack compelled a Duke Johnson fumble and recovered it and sacked Watson in the long run zone for a security in a 36-7 win, one of many highlights of a season during which he performed by means of a number of accidents. The Bears had seven sacks on the evening.
“He was again there attempting to wreak havoc,” inside linebacker Danny Trevathan mentioned. “The entire group feeds off him when he makes huge performs. That’s what we count on him to do. He had a giant sport and he got here out with the fitting mindset all week and executed his performs. Plenty of guys stepped up after they tried to double him, and we had a whole lot of sacks immediately. That’s what you wish to see.”
Oct. 10, 2021
Mack’s second sport in opposition to the Raiders was extra memorable for him. Enjoying of their new Las Vegas stadium, he had a sack and eight tackles — essentially the most of his time in Chicago — in a 20-9 Bears win.
“It was superb,” security Eddie Jackson mentioned. “He made them remorse not wanting to maintain him.
“Mack’s our chief. He’s had video games like this. And we gas off that.”
It was one of many ultimate three video games of his Bears profession and the final victory.
Oct. 31, 2021
The Bears dominated out Mack for the sport in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers due to a left foot harm, which he had been attempting to play by means of. He sat out two video games heading into the bye week.
“This has been one of many quickest begins he’s had in his profession, production-wide,” Nagy mentioned. “You are feeling it. You see it. He’s had a pair weeks there the place he’s not been capable of observe however he’s been capable of strap it up on Sunday and get on the market and do a whole lot of nice issues. The need is there, however we’ve bought to typically shield Khalil from himself, and that’s the place we’re at proper now. We’ll proceed to work by means of issues with him, open communication and give you plan.”
A couple of weeks later, on Nov. 19, the Bears positioned Mack on injured reserve and introduced he would have season-ending surgical procedure.
“There’s no manner you may fill his footwear,” defensive lineman Goldman mentioned. “However you simply attempt to get to the quarterback as a lot as you may.”
March 10, 2022
Mack’s keep in Chicago ended with the commerce to the Chargers. He’ll reunite along with his former Bears place coach — Chargers head coach Brandon Staley.
The deal subtracted the as soon as most enjoyable participant on the roster (when he was wholesome) but in addition gave Poles extra wanted draft capital and a few salary-cap area.
“Clearly you need a whole lot of picks,” Poles mentioned 10 days earlier on the NFL scouting mix. “However that’s simply the hand we have been dealt. And we’ll be open-minded on how we are able to create extra picks. And we’ll be sensible about that.”
Bears gamers reacted accordingly, with Jackson tweeting the thoughts blown emoji and vast receiver Damiere Byrd tweeting “Veto!”
Because the Bears say goodbye, listed here are a couple of extra memorable moments to take pleasure in.