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NFL: Khalil Mack becomes highest paid defensive player in league history … 24 hours after Aaron Donald set the record

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Published by Staff writers, 2 September 2018 on foxsports.com.au

KHALIL Mack is now the highest paid defensive player in NFL history.

Just not with the Oakland Raiders.

The superstar defensive end, who was holding out all preseason for a record deal, was traded Sunday (AEST) to the Chicago Bears for a package centred around two first-round picks.

FULL TRADE

Oakland Raiders receive: 1st round pick (2019), 1st round pick (2020), 3rd round pick (2020), 6th round pick (2019).

Chicago Bears receive: Khalil Mack, 2nd round pick (2020), conditional 5th round pick (2020).

Just hours later, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Mack agreed a historic extension with Chicago.

“Khalil Mack and the Bears just reached agreement on a record-setting 6-year, $USD141 million ($AUD 196m) extension ($23.5m per year avg),” Schefter reported. “That includes $90m guaranteed and $60m at signing, source tells ESPN.

“Mack is the newest highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.”

It marks an incredible 24 hours for the history books, with LA Rams star Aaron Donald putting pen to paper on what was a league-record — for a defensive player — $USD135 million ($AUD187m) deal over six years on Saturday.

Both Donald and Mack, who chose to hold out on joining preseason action to force deals, have seemingly been rewarded; their new contracts combining for a staggering $USD276 million ($AUD384 million).

Mack, the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the year, recorded 10.5 sacks last season — his lowest tally since his rookie year.

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