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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.

  • R8der4evr

    They prefer to drive watching the rear view mirror

  • I made a post already I will re-post it – Charlie got all agitated and threw up over his computer screen – or at least that is what it looked like when I was trying to read it.

    Re-post:

    I was a big Reggie hater – and that peaked when he traded Palmer.

    How can you not admire his work at this point and yes the extension was well deserved and he earned it!

    I still have a firm belief however that it was Mark and JDR who made him complete. The three headed monster is what we want – all three of them working in lock step.

  • FriskiesR8R

    Boss

  • R8der4evr

    Repost
    Hater!!

  • SaintKaufman

    LOL! Poor Charlie.
    You’ve been consistent with your ‘team’ concept and I like it.

  • FriskiesR8R

    Bitchen

  • SaintKaufman

    You know what kind of blog riot that would create?

  • FriskiesR8R

    I hope he has a disastrous year so we don’t have to pay him top 10 money

  • 1972

    That wasn’t from that stupid super bowl rap song they did is it

  • I was a congratulater today “Congratulations Reggie”

  • BroJackson34

    Anyone know the specifics of the contract?

  • inonewordraider

    Latavius murray contract yr, do we extend him now, midseason or wait till seasons end to decide?

  • did you notice this:

    “yes the extension was well deserved and he earned it”

  • Duct tape

    Hes in charge of the roster, not the individual game planning.

  • BroJackson34

    If he’s having a good year at the mid season point, resign him to a “Reggie” contract.

  • BroJackson34

    Wagon now!

  • SaintKaufman

    I know that you know that I know that you know your football.

  • Duct tape

    I remember when I said that Reggie was “good at drafting” and sent this blog into a frenzy. Fast forward to now n he gets an extension everyone’s happy. Funny how a year can change almost everything.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Caught and haltered 15, and there’s a whole flock of people here.
    she’s on her own, now.
    I feed all 41 daily, pick up 20 barrels of poop weekly, catch and halter every llama that needs to be moved, cut their teeth, trim their nails,treat and medicate the injured.
    For some reason, I don’t find going out with a bunch of newbies and 15 llamas to be a relaxing day off..
    Sorry, still wiping the the sweat off.

  • FriskiesR8R

    Don’t recall you saying that, please provide proof of your prescience

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’m here.

  • SaintKaufman

    Potty mouth

  • ForHundred8

    Looool has the blog melted down yet because of Reggie’s extension? Mark literally lucked out on this one. Constantly makes the guy look semi-competent….

  • BroJackson34

    I love that movie!

  • FriskiesR8R

    Hola amigo, a&w on rosemead!

  • SaintKaufman

    This is the best hype vid out there!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_PT0u73gY8

  • BroJackson34

    The Rose Parade?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Put a forgotten freezer beer in the aquarium an hour ago.
    aquarium was getting to warm anyway.
    Wonder if it’s thawed.

  • FriskiesR8R

    Woke up under a piece of plywood behind the radio shack on Colorado blvd one Jan 1st, them were the days

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    And that wasn’t even on the parade route.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    A great event to avoid at all costs if you lived in Pasadena.

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    Not everyone… Some guys still on the ledge in denial.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    I hope you didn’t open the can before putting it in with the fish….

  • Dan78

    Has Raider Nation been United…

  • Dan78

    I was hustling blankets once on the 31st… bought about 10 for $5 in TJ and sold them $25…. Finished selling them in 15 minutes… Should have hustled more…

  • FriskiesR8R

    Got a stiffy, back in a few

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I love my fish and my beer too much.

  • RaiderReloader

    haha no

  • FriskiesR8R

    Sound business plan, would still work

  • idahoraiderfan33

    The RAIDERS are going to be badazz!!

  • Duct tape

    Lol how long u been around? 5 minutes. Been here since 06 brotha.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    12′ piece of drywall on the el camino before i learned to buy a couple 2×4’s to anchor it with. Top 4′ snapped off and hit the street on Colorado just past Orange Grove where the Rose Parade makes the turn and most of the commentators and cameras are. Very late December.
    Everybody ran over it and it was a big white blotch on the street, shown with every float during the parade.
    I was proud.
    I think it was the stealth bomber flyover year.

  • Juice

    New post!

  • FriskiesR8R

    Same here, 8 to 10, under a few handles

  • You seem pretty excited by that.

  • FriskiesR8R

    Lol, El caminos and rancheros ruled

  • SaintKaufman

    I’m freakin geeked!! Time to unleash this beast and reclaim what is ours!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    ’69, loved that ride.

  • FriskiesR8R

    Ever get out to Bandon Dunes?

  • SaintKaufman

    A couple of times. Only Played Bandon and Pacific Dunes, need to get back out there and hit the other ones. You??