Khalil Mack, EDGE, Los Angeles Chargers
What a story this would be.
Once upon a time, the Bears traded for Khalil Mack, then dealt him to the Chargers after four seasons in Chicago. Mack came in and made a huge difference for this Bears defense back in 2018, but eventually, the roster needed to be turned over.
Even though Mack is now 32 years old, he still brings exactly what the Bears need: another pass rusher. His contract is up after 2024, and the Chargers very well could wind up cutting him altogether. Mack is going to count a whopping $38.5 million against the cap in 2024, which is a number that has to get lowered somehow.
If Los Angeles trades or cuts him, they would save $23 million. The Bears probably wouldn't have to give up that much to get him back, and if Poles is savvy enough to try and restructure his deal while maybe throwing an additional year on there, it could work.
Picture Mack and Sweat on the same line in Chicago, with an up-and-coming defense. This team may not be far off from competing.