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The Raiders' roster will undergo another offseason overhaul. Turnover has been high in recent seasons, with little continuity between one squad and the next.
Call it growing pains of a team in transition. The Raiders hope to build a foundation for future success this offseason, with the cap space and draft picks required to do so. They also need some leaders already in the clubhouse.
Fullback Marcel Reece quickly raised his hand. The 2013 team captain has assumed that responsibility. He’s a logical choice, considering his passion for silver and black and a contract that runs through 2016.
“There could be 50 new faces in that locker room,” Reece said jokingly on Saturday evening, before being honored at the annual Commitment to Excellence dinner. “I’m not expecting new guys to come in and set the tone. They don’t know how to be a Raider. I’m looking forward to setting that tone for that locker room. They’re going to work like us. It’s easy to talk about, but I’m looking forward to the challenge of leading by example each and every day.”
Reece is the only Pro Bowl player currently on the roster. He has a strong attachment to previous owner Al Davis and son and successor Mark. Most importantly, he’s a cheerleader for all things Raiders.
"Marcel represents what the Raiders stand for,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “The pressure of being the team leader isn’t too much for him.
“That’s why it’s important to important to keep good character guys in the building. They know the direction we want to go. We want leaders to carry us through, guys to be positive about what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.”
“It’s a tremendous amount of responsibility, but it’s something that I’ve wanted for a long time. I finally have it,” Reece said. “There aren’t many of us who can carry the torch, and I believe it should be me. I’m looking forward to putting the team on my back in any way I can. Most of that will be emotionally and spiritually, and physically on the field. I love this franchise. I love colors and and the fans. There’s nothing I don’t love about it. I look forward to bringing back the mystique and the winning tradition.”