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Raiders give general manager Reggie McKenzie four-year extension

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The Raiders have reportedly given general manager Reggie McKenzie a four-year extension. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The Raiders have given general manager Reggie McKenzie a four-year extension. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The Raiders have made a major commitment to Reggie McKenzie. Owner Mark Davis on Friday night announced a new four-year extension for his general manager.

Davis announced the news in front of more than 100 Raiders alumni in Napa this weekend as the team kicks off training camp.

“Reggie’s contract was up at the end of this year and we felt it was time to reward him for the job that he has done,” Davis said, per a team release. 

McKenzie is entering his fifth year as Raiders general manager and his contract now extends until 2020. He  delivered his best offseason since coming to Oakland in 2012, which followed a long run as a Green Bay executive.

The Raiders lured in three of the more attractive free agents this offseason. Offensive guard Kelechi Osemele, outside linebacker Bruce Irvin and cornerback Sean Smith were all added. They also nabbed safety Reggie Nelson, the NFL’s co-leader in interceptions last season.

Those came in addition to a core roster stocked with quarterback Derek Carr, a second-round pick in 2014. He also drafted a pair of top-five home run picks in defensive end Khalil Mack and wide receiver Amari Cooper.

Suddenly, the Raiders appear to be on the verge of strong playoff contention. They’ve emerged a chic pick as one of the NFL’s breakout teams this season.

It’s been quite a hill to climb for McKenzie, who in 2012 took over a team lacking both in talent and salary cap space.

The Raiders won just 11 games his first three seasons combined. He endured a 2012 draft in which the Raiders didn’t have a pick until the third round. Nobody from that initial draft class remains on the roster.

The 2013 draft wasn’t his greatest either, with first rounder DJ Hayden so far failing to live up to his No. 12 overall status. He did, however, land Pro Bowl running back Latavius Murray in the sixth round that season.

The turnaround came began 2014 when he grabbed Mack and Carr. He also drafted starting right guard Gabe Jackson and starting defensive tackle Justin Ellis in the first four rounds. His past two classes also seem to have strong potential. Mario Edwards Jr., Clive Walford, Ben Heeney, Karl Joseph and Jihad Ward all look to be in line to start or make a strong impact.

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • FriskiesR8R

    Not yet, bro lives in ashland, gonna do it next year with him, played all the Scottish rota courses few years back, plus prestwick

  • FriskiesR8R

    And glen eagles

  • SaintKaufman

    Wow! Not sure Bandon is going to live up to those. I will say that Pacific Dunes is THE hardest course I have ever played, esp with a 20-25mph wind. I heard Old Macdonald is really good.

  • FriskiesR8R

    Buddy had a black 59 ranchero, must have weighed 6000 pounds, great ride

  • FriskiesR8R

    Nice, looking forward to it, carts or caddies?

  • FriskiesR8R

    Carnoustie hardest ive ever played

  • SaintKaufman

    Caddies only.

  • SaintKaufman

    Man, you’re killing me!

  • FriskiesR8R

    Cool, keeping it real

  • SaintKaufman

    Yeah, a little too real for this American. Gorse is the devil!

  • FriskiesR8R

    Cost about 10k thru a golf travel agent, best 10k I ever spent

  • FriskiesR8R

    Heather too

  • SaintKaufman

    I’d do that every year!

  • FriskiesR8R

    Funny, never lost a ball, those alki Scottish caddies are amazing, im Scottish/ Welsh

  • SaintKaufman

    Damn!! The first time we went they only had Bandon Dunes. I think we played from the tips because the course is kinda short. Got on the first tee box and only had about 50yd visibility going right into the wind(fog). I want to say it was like 380yds and so I took out driver and was thinking I would just have a little wedge for my approach. Yeah, I nutted my driver like a whole 180yds, hit 4 iron 30yds short of the green and luckily got up and down on a green that resembled the North Atlantic in a hurricane. And that is when I knew we weren’t in Kansas anymore!

  • Skewlboy

    Extend Raleigh now!!!

  • Raider Phil

    I’m happy about the extension, he certainly deserves it. I just wonder about the money($$$$), how much?? GO RAIDERS !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jared Myers

    Great move. We actually have a front office, and we can put the embarrassing Al Davis years behind us.