By C.J. Peterson
Special to S.F. Examiner
Khalil Mack is on his way to Chicago, but the San Francisco 49ers were one of the teams in the mix for the former Defensive Player of the Year.
According to San Francisco general manager John Lynch, the 49ers contacted the Oakland Raiders in hopes of striking a deal for Mack, but were unable to come to an agreement before the Bears pulled the trigger.
“The answer is yes,” said Lynch when asked if the 49ers had gone after Mack. “We would have been foolish not to.”
Mack and the Raiders had been in the midst of a heated contractual dispute for the last month of the preseason as Mack had held out of training camp as well as all four exhibition games leading up to the regular season.
It was reported by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network that Oakland wanted at least two first-round draft picks to give up Mack via trade, which was a price the 49ers may have deemed too high.
“We went in aggressively but also knowing that we had to set some parameters,” said Lynch. “We did and somebody else landed him.”
That “somebody else” was the Chicago Bears, who officially traded for Mack Saturday morning.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bears gave up their 2019 and 2020 first-round picks, a 2020 third-rounder and a 2019 sixth-round selection for Mack, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2020 conditional fifth-round pick.
Mack, the former fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, has been one of the league’s most consistent defensive players over the past four season.
With 40.5 sacks, 231 tackles, nine forced fumbles, four fumbles recovered and one interception over the course of his career, Mack was selected as a first-team All-Pro twice (2015 and 2016) and named Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.
“The guys is a spectacular player,” said Lynch. “But we’re excited about our team.”