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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The new members of the Oakland Raiders have heard all the outside critiques: They are too old, past their primes and far removed from their Pro Bowl years.
The Raiders brought in more than a dozen newcomers so far this offseason, the majority arriving with a winning pedigree in their past but viewed to be on the downside of their careers.
The new Raiders convened with the holdovers for the first time on Tuesday as the team officially started its offseason program with hopes of ending an 11-year playoff drought.
Many arrived with a similar mindset of having something to prove to their former teams that let them leave and to outsiders who doubt they can regain their star form.