Bears’ Khalil Mack ‘can’t wait’ to play Raiders in London

first_imgThis came as a surprise to the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, but he’s come to understand the league from a business standpoint.”That’s the expectation when you get drafted to a team: You want to be there for the long haul and bring championships and all those good things,” Mack said. “It’s the business side of it that doesn’t really let you do that.”Chicago was willing to do business with Mack though, as it signed him to a massive six-year, $141 million extension after acquiring him.He went on to get 12 1/2 sacks and six forced fumbles in 14 games in his first year with the team, helping the Bears finish with a 12-4 record, win the NFC North, and snap a seven-year playoff drought. Mack has remained hot in 2019, as he’s totaled 4 1/2 sacks and forced four fumbles through Week 4.He won’t let ill will for the Raiders distract him from his individual dominance or his team’s success. “You can’t play this game with too much emotion, man. Ultimately, I try to stay focused on the task at hand and understanding the situation and understanding what they’re going to be thinking that I feel. But ultimately, I’m going to go out there and do what I do — and that’s play football and love the game that I play, you know what I mean?”Oakland drafted Mack with the No. 5 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and dealt him to the Bears last year after denying to meet his contract holdout demands. Related News Michael Gallup injury update: Cowboys receiver (knee) ‘not ruled out’ vs. Packers Tyler Boyd: Bengals ’embarrassed’ by Steelers in prime time Khalil Mack hasn’t played the Raiders since being traded to the Bears in 2018, and he’s excited to face some of his old teammates Sunday as Chicago heads to London to take on Oakland.”It’s another game, man,” Mack told ESPN Tuesday. “It’s going to be a fun one because I know a few of the guys out there. But it’s going to be a good one. Can’t wait. “There are feelings you suppress,” Mack said. “But also, it’s no big deal to me, man. I’m here. I love the Bears and I’m going to go out and try to get this win.”Chicago (3-1) is looking for a fourth straight win in Week 5 while Oakland (2-2) is looking to move above .500. Panthers place Kawann Short on IR with torn rotator cufflast_img read more