• Greg Spires: Late addition immediately fills a hole at defensive end and should have the upper hand on filling the pass-rush job left open by Chris Clemons' departure

• 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

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