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McKenzie: Expect more change

Note: Managed to get a few minutes with Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie after the dinner hour tonight for stories on the personnel approach of the Raiders and 49ers as well as a web story which I posted below . . .

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Thursday he has been meeting with agents to talk about contracts with existing players and guessed there will be more players who are released beyond cornerback Stanford Routt.

McKenzie didn’t speak during the open media sessions at the NFL scouting combine but managed to squeeze in a few questions during the evening as he goes about remaking the personnel strategy of the Raiders.

“We’re looking at some things,’’ McKenzie said. “A lot of agents are in town, so we’re looking to sit down with some of these guys and work some things out. Without being specific, there are things we’v ego tot get done and we’re in the process of doing that now. So yes, we can expect some things to happen.’’

Included among players who could be in line for pay adjustments or release include outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, free safety Michael Huff, weak side linebacker Aaron Curry and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly. Releasing Wimbley and Huff would cost the Raiders $10.25 million in guaranteed money on contracts written last season.’’

McKenzie said he expected to get more out of interview sessions and medical updates than the actual physical drills, which are tests of physical skill which may not have a lot to do with football, and chuckled at the notion that the Raiders may not have the fastest player in the 40-yard dash this season.

“If he can’t play football, then no, I’m afraid not,’’ McKenzie said.

So what are the Raiders looking for?

“The combine will really just tell you what kind of athlete, not what kind of football player he is,’’ McKenzie said. “We’re not looking to grade these guys out as football players. We’re looking to grade them out on what kind of athletes they are, and medically.

“You look at that and see what they do on film, and see if that co-relates.’’

While there is speculation that McKenzie plans on making major changes in the scouting department once the draft is completed, he said the process is going smoothly for this session.

“The communication has gone very well, and the guys have been very good about adjusting to things, and myself adjusting to them,’’ McKenzie said. “We’re looking to get on the same page and that’s what we’re doing.’’

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  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    DEFINITLY IN THE MINORITY HERE,I AM 4 BASICLY STAY’N PUT.I DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT $$ AND CAP HITS.HELL,COULD BE STILL PAY’N ON JIM OTTO’S CONTACT.IF THESE PLAYER’S R NOT MOTIVATED 4 THERE JOBS GOING INTO NEXT SEASON WITH NEW REGIME HERE,MAKE THAT DECISION NEXT OFF SEASON.WANT TO SEE WHAT ALLEN & CREW CAN DO WITH THIS ROSTER.HOPE THAT DOES NOT SOUND LIKE A COP-OUT..ASK ME SAME ? THIS TIME NEXT YEAR..

  • bcz24

    I hear where you are coming from Dirt, but you just can’t justify having Wimbley be the second highest paid player on the team, when his production shows he is little more than a role player. We don’t have the draft ammo to add the crucial pieces for success, and the fiscal irresponsibility from Al has in a prediciment that we don’t have the ability to add via free agency either. Moves HAVE to be made, if the guys aren’t willing to be paid commeasurate with production

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GAME-DAY MORNING BREAKFAST 4 ME HWNRDR..TRI-TIP SANDWITCH / HOT LINK OR 6 /FEW RIBS /ENDLESS ICE COLD FOSTERS AND A BOTTLE OF CROWN ROYAL WITH NO LID !!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    THATS THE THING BCZ,WIMBLEY,AND/OR OTHERS, MAY BUST OUT WITH ALL-PRO SEASON WITH NEW SCHEME,MAY STINK,NO ONE KNOWS 4 SURE..AM WILLING TO LET NEW COACHES COACH THESE GUYS UP..OR NOT..

  • guest123

    McKenzie the axe man! I knew it would happen like that. That’s his MO. You aren’t goning to recognize this team anymore. It’s gonna look like a practice squad team for awhile, until they shake all the big money contracts.

    I don’t feel any optimism in the short term with these moves. They’ll add a key free agent as a stop-gap, but the real moves to compete will come next year.

  • hwnrdr

    103.DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 6:27 am
    GAME-DAY MORNING BREAKFAST 4 ME HWNRDR..TRI-TIP SANDWITCH / HOT LINK OR 6 /FEW RIBS /ENDLESS ICE COLD FOSTERS AND A BOTTLE OF CROWN ROYAL WITH NO LID !!

    Awww man…LOL, I can’t wait til August!!! :)

  • guest123

    McKenzie is playing Moneyball with the Raiders. Next year, DMAC will be the highest paid player on the roster, if he excersizes his option.

  • RaiderRockstar

    McKenzie the axe man! I knew it would happen like that. That’s his MO. You aren’t goning to recognize this team anymore. It’s gonna look like a practice squad team for awhile, until they shake all the big money contracts.

    ***

    whats up G-Money?

  • guest123

    With the exception of Branch, who I think they’ll offer a competitive long term offer, every one of the free agents will walk or restructure.

    Anyone who can be cut to save money will be forced to restructure or be cut. The axeman cometh.

  • guest123

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 6:55 am
    McKenzie the axe man! I knew it would happen like that. That’s his MO. You aren’t goning to recognize this team anymore. It’s gonna look like a practice squad team for awhile, until they shake all the big money contracts.

    ***

    whats up G-Money?

    ****

    Sup Rockstar.

  • guest123

    No franchise tag this year to anyone.

  • RaiderRockstar

    G123,

    I think the offense – with the exception of Campbell, Bush & Barnes will be much the same from last season (personnel wise)

    the defense will be DRASTICALLY different imo

  • RaiderRockstar

    Branch can be salvaged, but Huff can’t?

    sorry bros, but if Huff agrees to restructure and Branch insists on being paid like a Top 10 NFL safety???

    i’m keeping Huff Daddy

  • guest123

    112. Agree, but I am losing hope that RM is gonna spend on any of the big name free agents out there. The defense will be different, but it’ll be a shuffling of the deck chairs sprinkled with UDFA’s and late round draft picks. I’d love to see some injection of real money in free agency for the defense, but it doesn’t seem like MacKenzie’s style.

  • guest123

    Huff is overpaid, we can all agree with that. Right?

    McKenzie’s making a point in axeing underperformers with bloated contracts. I think Huff walks, not saying he should, but I predict he will be let go after being offered a drastic paycut to stay.

  • bcz24

    guest123 Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 7:04 am
    112. Agree, but I am losing hope that RM is gonna spend on any of the big name free agents out there. The defense will be different, but it’ll be a shuffling of the deck chairs sprinkled with UDFA’s and late round draft picks. I’d love to see some injection of real money in free agency for the defense, but it doesn’t seem like MacKenzie’s style
    ***************
    We don’t have any money to spend on big time free agents, and Reggie isn’t going to play the russian roullette of of converting salary to bonus and mortgaging the future anymore.

  • HairyBush

    hwnrdr Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 6:52 am
    103.DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 6:27 am
    GAME-DAY MORNING BREAKFAST 4 ME HWNRDR..TRI-TIP SANDWITCH / HOT LINK OR 6 /FEW RIBS /ENDLESS ICE COLD FOSTERS AND A BOTTLE OF CROWN ROYAL WITH NO LID !!

    Awww man…LOL, I can’t wait til August!!!
    ————————
    sounds like a complete and healthy breakfast!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Offense 2012

    QB: Palmer, Pryor, Boller/Bomar
    RB: McFadden, Reece, Jones, Cartwright
    FB: Tonga, Jackson
    WR: DHB, Moore, Ford, Murphy, Schilens
    TE: Boss, Myers, Gordon
    OT: Veldheer, Barksdale, Heyer, Campbell
    OG: Wiz II, Carlisle, Parsons, Hurd
    C: Satele

  • guest123

    116. Agree. That’s why the 2012 Raiders are a rip-it-all-up-and-start-over team in full overhaul and rebuilding mode. I don’t see us competive in the AFC West in the near future.

    I’ll take my lumps and endure it. Been a fan for 4 plus decades, won’t stop me now.

  • hwnrdr

    117.HairyBush Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 7:10 am
    hwnrdr Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 6:52 am
    103.DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 6:27 am
    GAME-DAY MORNING BREAKFAST 4 ME HWNRDR..TRI-TIP SANDWITCH / HOT LINK OR 6 /FEW RIBS /ENDLESS ICE COLD FOSTERS AND A BOTTLE OF CROWN ROYAL WITH NO LID !!

    Awww man…LOL, I can’t wait til August!!!
    ————————
    sounds like a complete and healthy breakfast!

    Yes it is…and this coming from the man who tells me he will met up with me for a beer…or 10! LOL

  • RaiderRockstar

    That’s why the 2012 Raiders are a rip-it-all-up-and-start-over team in full overhaul and rebuilding mode. I don’t see us competive in the AFC West in the near future

    ***

    Dislike.

    the defense was TERRIBLE last year – can’t see it getting much worse despite personnel overhaul with much better coaching and system/scheme

  • bcz24

    I don’t think there will be wholesale changes on the offensive personnel side, and the defense was monumentally bad last year. There is no reason to believe that they will improve this season, even if we do lose a few more guys. We may well be a mediocre team again next year as we become for fiscally sound, but I don’t see us in an all out 2-14 rebuild either.

  • hwnrdr

    The last couple years was surprises, with a little bit of disappointment…a makeable FG, a stop here and there….blah blah blah…we would be AFC West Winners two years in a row now! I think that will only go up! Not gonna get into the negativity of Palmer, DMAC, Seymour, etc…I think Al has put together a good team, now let’s see what the coaches do with it!!!

  • guest123

    1. Offense 2012
    QB: Palmer, free agent backup, Pryor, Boller/Bomar(cut, cut)
    RB: McFadden, Reece (cut), Jones, free agent signing, Cartwright (cut),
    FB: Tonga, Jackson (cut, cut), Free Agent signing
    WR: Big body possession WR FA Signing, Moore, Ford, Murphy, Schilens (cut), (Ford traded for draft pick)
    TE: Boss, Myers, Gordon (Ausberry cut) agree!
    OT: Veldheer, Barksdale, Heyer, Campbell (cut),
    OG: Wiz II, Carlisle, Parsons (cut), Hurd (cut)
    C: Satele/Wiz II

  • RaiderRockstar

    the defense was monumentally bad last year. There is no reason to believe that they will improve this season, even if we do lose a few more guys. We may well be a mediocre team again next year as we become fiscally sound, but I don’t see us in an all out 2-14 rebuild either.

    ***

    BCZ,

    you don’t see us being a 9+ win team?

  • guest123

    bcz24 Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 7:18 am
    I don’t think there will be wholesale changes on the offensive personnel side, and the defense was monumentally bad last year. There is no reason to believe that they will improve this season, even if we do lose a few more guys. We may well be a mediocre team again next year as we become for fiscally sound, but I don’t see us in an all out 2-14 rebuild either.

    *******
    The offense should keep us in a few games, but the idiom that it can’t get any worse doesn’t automatically produce a false positive that it will get any better. If Allen had last years talent level to work with it would be significantly better. But he doesn’t and wont. If we gut the defense of salary, we also gut it of talent, even if it was overpaid talent. You don’t plug in a bunch of college guys and expect NFL results overnight.

  • guest123

    And while Coach Allen will bring long needed discipline and accountability to both sides of the ball and Reggie Mac will sift the weed from the chaff, these guys are all greenhorn rookies at what they do. They are up against other franchise who have had years of experience and it’s not unfair to say that there will be a learning curve both in the management and coaching of the team. I hope it’s a short curve, but it’s always a process to be good.

  • imaquaman

    when RM reworks some deals and gets a little cap room to play with i wouldnt be surprised to see him hit the free agent pool to try and get some play makers ,maybe not this year or next .but when he can he’s gonna bring in his guys from starters to practice squads as soon as he can,right now he is in budget mode every one agrees (i think)we are close ,but spent way too much to get there ::::even on defense ::well not real close on defense

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  • RaiderRockstar

    Aqua,

    I think Reggie is gonna raid other team’s practice squads too. He’s gonna make sure we have the best 53

    Reggie isn’t JUST concerned with saving money and getting under the cap, fellas. He wants to win. He has to, in order to keep his job. No way he’s telling Mark Davis “hey bubba, we might win 8 games by Year 3″ Getting the financial house in order is essential.

    I don’t think Kelly/Henderson/Wimbley/Eugene/CJ37 whacked … and Seymour/Huff/Curry renegotiated means we expect to be watching the playoffs in January!

  • RaiderRockstar

    if you see Palmer, DMAC, DHB & Boss all on the trade block then it’ll be official we’re going for a complete rebuild and McKenzie has no interest in winning right away …

  • Pistol9

    I live in Arkansas and follow Hogs football. I said when McFadden, Jones, and Hillis went pro that McFadden WOULD NOT have the biggest impact in the league. Looks like I was right. But then I missed on Jones doing that when it has turned out to be the Peyton Hillis show. Raiders would be justified to trade McFadden because he will NEVER play an entire season without injury because he runs pigeon toed and that is what is causing his mid-foot strain. Trade for Hillis and we would have an every game RB that won’t break down. And STAY OFF Madden NFL covers!!!!

  • guest123

    Reggie has a 5 year plan. It’s true he needs to win to keep his job. But 2012 is a honeymoon year. His “axeman” year of correcting old wrongs and bursting festering sores. He’s going to make this team over into “his” guys. 2013 will see a lot of old misspent money off the books, and I don’t see him carrying forward bad contracts. He eventally will be able to work without the deck stacked against him and have the benefit of a full slate of draft picks and cap room to go after key free agents. But for the short term, he’s hamstrung. The work he does this spring will have Raider fans up in arms and the pitchforks will be out. His job sucks right about now.

  • guest123

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 8:02 am
    if you see Palmer, DMAC, DHB & Boss all on the trade block then it’ll be official we’re going for a complete rebuild and McKenzie has no interest in winning right away …

    **********

    I see none of that, and DHB is cheap so he’s at least going to make the team or be given the benefit of the doubt. But I’m sure as much as McKenzie publically defends Palmer, he can’t wait to get him off the books. All of these guys are not in the long term plans of Reggie Mac.

  • djohnnyg

    I get the “sound reasoning” that some think Raiders will be bad-below average this coming season, but I don’t neccessarily agree it has to be the way.

    Beyond my optimism for optimism’s sake, with Palmer at QB and the offense bascially staying intact we can expect the same to better output.

    As far as the D. It was so bad how much worse can it get?

    I think we can “rebuild” while still staying competitive.

    10-6 at least seems to be a reasonable expectation.

    Does anyone see Reggie “gutting” the offense?

    If he dumps DMAC and Palmer…then yes were toast for awhile.

  • YoungAmerican

    DMac’s presence or lack thereof will have no impact on the Raiders’ overall record in 2012.

  • hwnrdr

    136.YoungAmerican Says:
    February 24th, 2012 at 8:14 am
    DMac’s presence or lack thereof will have no impact on the Raiders’ overall record in 2012.

    For some reson, I’d have to agree

  • r8eray

    Good Morning A.M. Crew…Raider Nation!!!

    ;)

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post

  • r8eray

    All in favor say “Aye”

  • guest123

    DMAC’s foot is still such a question mark. Without him and Bush leaving in free agency, that’ll be a huge hole in the offense. Palmer is another year older, has to learn a new offense late in his career. Needs to cut down on the picks. Who knows if he progresses or regresses next year. It’s tough to get a gauge on that until we see TC and preseason. I think sideways is about where i peg him for now. Some positives and some negatives surround Palmer.

    The offense was good last year, but will our new OC Knapp have the guts to go for the jugular like Hue/AS did? Will he pull the trigger and “turn it loose”?

    Losing the defensive talent in Routt, Huff, Henderson, Wimbley, CJ37, Branch, Curry aren’t huge losses, but to say we have “addition by subtraction” is a bit naive. If we had all these guys and Allen, we’d have a strong defense. The real addition by subtraction was Bresh for Tarver. That was the real upgrade.

  • djohnnyg

    The other concern is that by a total rebuild and another 2 or 3 losing seasons it doesn’t help the quest for a new stadium at all.

    Nobody likes, or wants a loser no matter what promises of future success are attached and their are no gurantees a “rebuild” will result in eventual success..you’re still a loser until you PROVE otherwise.

    If we were 4-12 last yr. i can see the wisdom in a total rebuild, but not with consecutive 8-8 teams and a basically young roster.

    Mark needs to “sell” this team for anything to happen. How does he trot out some 4-12 team and say “hey, who wouldn’t a piece of this?” “We’ll be good someday I promise”.

  • jameyt777

    If you want to keep DMAC healthy, get a decent fullback with good hands and can block like Tom Rathman. One more offensive tackle as well. But the Fullback is the key to more yardage and longevity health wise.

  • imaquaman

    RM probably has the toughest job in the nfl right now .agreed if you dont win you lose your job .he must have some grace period ,no picks ,over the cap ,a defense that just leaves you speechless.i wonder if RM has ulcers yet

  • LBRAIDERS

    Darren McFadden and Michael Bush will be playing for the Raiders next year !!

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