It would not be a shock if about half the teams in the NFL were interested in Khalil Mack prior to him being traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Chicago Bears last weekend.
As is typically the case with situations like this, some teams were more interested and more willing to offer a bounty for the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Appearing on the Fox pregame show prior to Sunday’s Week 1 NFL action, Jay Glazer reported that the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers were serious suitors for Mack before Chicago gave up the farm to land the all-world pass rusher.
The Packers and 49ers shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. San Francisco general manager John Lynch has already noted that the team was in on Mack.
Meanwhile, Green Bay has been extremely active under first-year GM Brian Gutekunst and has a need at the all-important pass-rush position. He also hasn’t been shy talking about hypothetical blockbuster trades in the past.
It’s more than possible that Oakland preferred a pick from Chicago given that it will likely be selecting higher in the first round than these two teams. Previous reports suggested as much.
Either way, Mack will make his Bears debut Sunday evening against the above-mentioned Packers. That should be fun.