Arkush: Okay, Robert, we agree on almost all of that, but does it leave you in the price-the-Bears-paid-for-Mack-is-too-high camp? If they're just a 9-7 team, with a lack of top pick draft capital over the next two seasons and a salary cap likely to be stretched by Mack's deal and new deals on the horizon for Jordan Howard, Bobby Massie, Cody Whitehair, Eddie Goldman, Danny Trevathan and Kevin White, if White makes himself worth keeping, did the Bears overpay for Mack? I say no.
Considering the Bears' next two first-round picks are more likely to be in at least the 14-to-20 range than the top 10 and they now have a 27-year old NFL Defensive Player of the Year who is one of the league's top three or four pass rushers, I'm saying no, they didn't overpay.
LeGere: Hub, I absolutely agree that the Bears did NOT overpay for Mack. When I asked Pace why, after years of saying he wanted to build through the draft, he was comfortable spending so much draft equity on Mack, he mentioned his youth. And I agree because he’s already an elite player and could remain at that level for several more years. But I still believe the offense is in the early stages of development. Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, Anthony Miller, Kevin White and Javon Wims have never caught a single pass from Trubisky in a regular-season game.
Also, I don’t foresee financial problems down the road, since none of those players you mentioned will break the bank and, because Trubisky has three more years to go on his rookie deal, he won’t be making astronomical QB money. After that, it could get dicey.