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Reggie McKenzie will continue to shape and build this team in his image. And while he will be constrained by salary cap issues in 2013, McKenzie will continue to scour the draft and league for football players (not athletes, as late owner Al Davis was so fond of signing) to fill his roster.
A great example of this is the signing of linebacker Philip Wheeler, who joined the team last offseason. Wheeler leads the team with 104 total tackles, 75 of which were solo. Wheeler was a lone bright spot in a dark and gloomy Raiders defense.
McKenzie will continue to build this team around young talent, while at the same time negotiating a tricky salary cap and limited draft picks due to the late 2011 Carson Palmer trade (the Cincinnati Bengals own Oakland's second-round pick in the 2013 draft).
Will the Oakland Raiders win the division and head to the Super Bowl next season? Probably not.
However, this team will continue to gradually get better as Reggie McKenzie leads this organization and continues to shed the ghosts of Raiders past as he builds towards the future.
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