While there have been predictions of doom for Geelong, official analysis of the Cats' list suggests they should remain firmly in the premiership mix this season.
Collingwood is dealing with another injury concern, after forward Jesse White was sent for scans on an ankle.
Richmond's first pick in last year's draft is keen to impress after a frustrating start to his time at Punt Road.
The Melicans live across the street. Lewis, the youngest of Damian and Sue's three, flew to the Gold Coast for schoolies last week, came home a Sydney footballer, and headed north again without his head even touching the pillow.
Richmond captain Trent Cotchin has signed a five-year contract extension with his club.
Richmond assistant coach and former Port Adelaide premiership coach Mark Williams has been diagnosed with cancer
Exciting Richmond midfielder Brandon Ellis has declared the Tigers are still "burning" from their stinging elimination final loss to Port Adelaide.
Michael Gleeson and Matt Murnane
Richmond has signed former Geelong midfielder Taylor Hunt as a delisted free agent with young Cat Joel Hamling heading to the Bulldogs
Taylor Hunt's career will continue at Richmond next year, with the Tigers set to sign the delisted Geelong midfielder as a free agent.
Essendon has been handed only two Friday-night matches next season, and none in the opening six rounds, as Richmond emerged as the league's darling in the marquee timeslot.
Richmond's fixture for the 2015 home and away season
Richmond will be a major beneficiary of the AFL's guaranteed supporter-friendly fixture with 14 games at the MCG next season and up to six home Saturday afternoons at its preferred home ground in a return to traditional weekend football.
Not since Damien Hardwick first arrived at Punt Road has Richmond been as invested in a national draft, and the club admits the pressure is on its recruiting staff to make the right selections.
As most AFL clubs were deep in discussion over potential signings, Richmond announced six re-signings.
Jack Trengove’s proposed switch to Richmond in this trade period suffered a mortal blow on Tuesday after scans revealed the former Melbourne skipper re-aggravated the navicular injury in his left foot.
Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle
No deal on Dayne Beams but Jack Trengove may be a Tiger.
Richmond captain Trent Cotchin has ascended into rarefied air at Punt Road, becoming just the ninth Tiger to win three Jack Dyer Medals.
Mick Malthouse is set to rejoin his former Richmond premiership teammates at the Tigers' annual get-together for the first time at the MCG on Wednesday night.
Mark Thompson, James Hird and Damien Hardwick were all former Essendon teammates of mine and all had one thing in common - their self-belief and courage made their teammates walk taller.