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2013 Oakland Raiders Team Preview: Raiders Hopes Rely On A Healthy McFadden

Clay Link

Clay Link

Hailing from the not-so-mean streets of Arcanum, Ohio, Clay is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He began writing for RotoWire in the fall of 2011, and now contributes to breaking news and NFL Draft content, in addition to his duties covering the Braves and Raiders.

State of the Franchise

In GM Reggie McKenzie's second offseason at the helm for the Raiders, he really cleaned house. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, whose zone-blocking scheme resulted in the club's rushing attack ranking 28th in 2012 with 88.8 YPG, was fired and replaced by Greg Olson. Moreover, a pair of former top-ten draft picks (WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and LB Rolando McClain) were cut loose by the team. Rather than paying starting QB Carson Palmer $13 million this year, the Raiders traded him to Arizona. LB Philip Wheeler and TE Brandon Myers, the team's leading tackler and receiver from a season ago, respectively, walked in free agency along with RB Mike Goodson, CB Michael Huff and DE Desmond Bryant. Richard Seymour's four-year tenure in Oakland came to an end when his contract was voided and fellow veteran defensive lineman Tommy Kelly also got the axe.

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