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Chiefs GM Brett Veach on Khalil Mack trade: “We’re excited”

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The Chiefs general manager is happy the Kansas City no longer has to deal with the All-Pro defensive end.

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The Oakland Raiders stunned the NFL world early on Saturday when they traded their best defensive player, defensive end Khalil Mack, to the Chicago Bears.

Mack leaves the AFC West division to join the Chicago Bears, who are now coached by former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.

Nagy played college football with Chiefs general manager Brett Veach at the University of Delaware, and they remain close friends to this day.

“We were excited. Yeah, we were excited,” Veach said during a conference call Saturday. “I think I was probably the first one to call Matt (Nagy) [Saturday], and I congratulated him and I said, ‘The Bears and the Chiefs just got better today.’”

The Chiefs and their offensive line no longer have to deal with Mack, who heads to the NFC.

“We were excited to see [Mack] go,” Veach said. “He’s a phenomenal player and Chicago got a phenomenal player there to pair with (Leonard) Floyd, and they got Akiem Hicks and the young linebacker there. They’re developing quite a front there. I’m excited for Matt (Nagy).

“I think that’s going to be a great addition and most important, for us, we don’t have to play him twice a year.”