NFL State of the Franchise: All 32 Teams

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November 20, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is pressured by Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack (52) during the second quarter at Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Chiefs 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agent Signings:

  • C Rodney Hudson
  • ILB Curtis Lofton
  • OLB Malcolm Smith
  • NT Dan Williams
  • S Nate Allen
  • RB Trent Richardson
  • RB Roy Helu
  • WR/KR Trindon Holiday
  • QB Christian Ponder
  • TE Lee Smith


  • S Charles Woodson
  • SBrandian Ross
  • WR Andre Holmes
  • WR Rod Streater
  • P Marquette King
  • RB Jamize Olawale
  • CB Neiko Thorpe


  • RB Darren McFadden

Draft Picks

  • WR Amari Cooper
  • DL Mario Edwards Jr.
  • TE Clive Walford
  • OG Jon Feliciano
  • ILB Ben Heeney
  • OLB Neiron Ball
  • OLB Max Valles
  • OL Anthony Morris

State of the Franchise: Ascending

These aren’t the same ole Oakland Raiders that were beaten by Alabama 52-0 every August for the last three years. Alright, alright, they’ll actually have a legitimate head coach and NFL starters at every position for the first time in years. But while they are an ascending team, I just don’t know how far with the NFL’s toughest schedule.

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