By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 6:49 pm in Oakland Raiders.
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.’’