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As the simmer becomes a slow boil on the Khalil Mack trade chatter , one unlikely suitor has been sucked into the stew.

In tweets sent out nearly simultaneously, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media and Albert Breer of flag the Bears are potential destinations for the 2016 defensive player of the year.

The text of the tweets is eerily similar. Tweeted Breer at 8:15 a.m. ET: “One team that other teams are keeping a close eye on in the Khalil Mack trade talks: The Chicago Bears. They鈥檝e been quiet, but they have attractive capital.” Said Rapoport, at the exact same minute: “One team to watch in the Khalil Mack sweepstakes: The Bears. They have been undercover, but others in the mix are watching them and waiting. Would be a big move.”

The untrained eye would claim that the person who posted the second tweet stole the idea from the person who tweeted it first. But that’s not how it works. Sources who are hoping to spread a message or start a narrative or, in this case, engineer a major trade will send out text messages to multiple reporters at the same time. Some reporters will flat-out cut and paste the text message; others will at least paraphrase.

Regardless, it happens. And the Breer-Rapoport bang-bang tweets are smoking-gun proof of it.

So here’s the real question: Who’s putting out the word that the Bears are quietly pursuing Mack? Surely it’s not the Bears. Maybe it’s the Raiders. More likely, it’s Mack’s camp.

With Donald hitting the jackpot, Mack undoubtedly wants the same. And if the Raiders can’t or won’t give it to him, there’s a new urgency to get someone else to give Mack that kind of money. It happens only if a trade can be engineered.

What better way to do that than to inject as many teams into the public conversation as possible? Especially those that have tried to stay out of it.

Liam Kirk was on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, about 4,600 miles away from Dallas, on Saturday when he became the first player born and trained in England to be selected in the NHL draft.

Early in the seventh and final round of the draft Giovani Bernard Jersey , the Arizona Coyotes took the 18-year-old Kirk with the 189th overall pick .

”To finally see my name on the board was just incredible,” Kirk said by phone from England. ”And to get a call from the GM was even better, just to know that’s the place I’m going. And that’s what I’m aiming to be, and to play my NHL career.”

The 6-foot, 161-pound Kirk played this season for Sheffield Steelers in the Elite Ice Hockey League, the highest level of competition in the United Kingdom, and for a team where the average age is 28. He had nine goals and seven assists in 52 games for the Steelers in his second season with the team.

Even though cricket and soccer are much more popular sports in England, Kirk already was dreaming about playing for Sheffield when he was only about 6 years old and going to Steelers games with his parents and older brother. He started to learn about the NHL within a couple of years.

Tim Bernhardt, Arizona’s director of amateur scouting, said NHL Central Scouting identified Kirk. The Coyotes then sent one of their scouts in Europe to see him, and more followed.

”He’s a thin kid, needs a lot of physical development, but they said he’s got a good idea of the game, and his natural skills were very good Kenneth Dixon Jersey ,” Bernhardt said.

Born in Rotherham, Kirk this year became the first player born and trained in England to attend the NHL’s pre-draft scouting combine in Buffalo. Now he is the first to be drafted, and he wants to be the first to play in the NHL.

”I just want to prove myself, and prove I can play,” said Kirk, who will soon move to North America to start playing here.

The Coyotes were among the teams that met with Kirk at the combine, and he knew there was a chance that they would take him. But he didn’t know for sure while watching the draft with his family.

His name finally got called Saturday night in England, six hours ahead of Dallas time, where it was early afternoon when he got picked.

”He wants to be here. He’s coming over here to play now,” Bernhardt said. ”He’s played in the men’s league. It’s hard for him to find a spot to play because he’s too good for the juniors. … You’re not going to find that kind of skill in the seventh round, so let’s go for it and see where we can get it to.”

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