• CB Fabian Washington: Had no chance of starting in Oakland and would have had to scrape for back-up time, which made him expendable
• S Jarrod Cooper: The heart and soul of the special teams and a versatile player who will play on defense as an extra defensive back. Solid move in keeping him on the roster
• CB Duane Starks: Adds a veteran presence to the secondary and experience on the depth chart
• LB Edgerton Hartwell: No-risk investment that could pay off big time if Hartwell proves he can stay healthy
• Akbar Gbaja-Biamila: One-time Raider returns to help improve the pass rush but he's going to have trouble cracking the defensive line rotation
• Kalimba Edwards: Pass-rush specialist trying to revive his career after playing in only eight games in 2007 but finds himself in a crowded race for the starting right end spot
• C John Wade: NFL journeyman gets the first crack at replacing Jeremy Newberry and should benefit greatly by playing in Oakland's zone-blocking system
• RB Dominic Rhodes: Wasn't going to play much on offense anyway and would likely have been the odd-man out as a kick returner
SBI'S FREE AGENCY ANALYSIS
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