This has surely come back to haunt them. In 2018, the Chicago Bears gave up first-round picks in the 2019 and 2020 NFL drafts, a third-round pick in 2020, and a sixth-round pick in 2019 for Khalil Mack. Two years later, many fans and analysts are wondering if his astronomical price tag was worth it.
The Bears have struggled to find any success, and draft picks would be nice right now. However, those picks wouldn't be missed nearly as much if Mitchell Trubisky could get it together.
For the past few seasons, the Bears' defense has been stuck trying to clean up Trubisky's messes. He's thrown 29 interceptions in 41 games, and he only has a cumulative passer rating of 85.8. Mack on the other hand has logged 21 sacks and 94 tackles in two seasons. Mack is the one holding up his end of the bargain. Mitch? Nope.
Sure, Mack was expensive, but Trubisky cost quite a bit too. The Bears famously traded up to take the UNC product, costing them the 3rd, 67th and 111th picks in the 2017 draft, as well as a 2018 third-round pick. These are all picks that could have bolstered the defense that Mack has had to carry. Better yet, they could have drafted Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes. Instead, they went with Trubisky and have since traded for Nick Foles.
Mack was expensive, but he's played up to the cost. Trubisky was expected to power this team to a Super Bowl - paired with the incredible defense - but he's now going to have to watch Foles step in an presumably take over the starting role.