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Ex-Raider Khalil Mack snags pick-six in first half of Bears debut

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Ex-Raider Khalil Mack snags pick-six in first half of Bears debut

Former Raiders edge rusher Khalil Mack couldn't have asked for a better first half in his Chicago Bears debut. 

Mack forced two turnovers in a span of two-and-a-half minutes. He strip-sacked Green Bay Packers backup quarterback DeShone Kizer, and then returned an interception to the house to give Chicago a 17-0 lead. 

The sack was Mack's first solo tackle with Chicago, and his touchdown was the second of his career. This all came a week after he signed the richest contract for a defensive player in NFL history. The Raiders reportedly had a chance to sign their 2014 first-round pick for less, but opted to trade Mack to the Bears for a package centered on two first-round picks. 

Mack channeled LeBron James to celebrate his sack, and managed to get the King's attention.

Your move, Jon Gruden. 

Raiders sign ex-practice squad tight end Paul Butler to bolster depth

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Raiders sign ex-practice squad tight end Paul Butler to bolster depth

The Raiders signed free agent tight end Paul Butler on Thursday.

Butler spent most of the previous two years on the Raiders’ practice squad, but was picked up late last season by the Detroit Lions as a reserve/future free agent. Butler (6 feet 6 inches, 250 pounds) also was promoted to the Raiders’ active roster in Week 17 of the 2018 season.

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Eli Apple, Panthers agree to deal after Raiders pact scrapped in April

Eli Apple, Panthers agree to deal after Raiders pact scrapped in April

Eli Apple never finalized a contract with the Raiders, and the free-agent cornerback has agreed to join their scheduled Week 1 opponents.

Apple reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, the team announced.

The Raiders are set to play the Panthers in Charlotte on Sept. 13, and the Silver and Black could line up against the man the front office initially pegged to have a shot to start opposite Trayvon Mullen. A league source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area's Scott Bair on March 18 that Apple and the Raiders agreed to terms on a deal.

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But Apple never put pen to paper, and the deal officially fell apart on April 2 due in part to an inability to get a physical. The Raiders quickly changed course to bolster their secondary, adding Damarious Randall that same day and selecting defensive backs Damon Arnette (first round, No. 19 overall) and Amik Robertson (fourth round, No. 129 overall) in the draft a few weeks later. They also officially signed veteran corner Prince Amukamara on May 18.

Will the Raiders regret not bringing Apple in? It will be too early to tell after Week 1, but the Silver and Black will have all the more reason to want to take a bite out of the Panthers with Apple on the roster.

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