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Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie grateful for support of Mark Davis while reconstructing salary structure, roster

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General manager Reggie McKenzie signs for fans the morning after signing a contract extension (Jerry McDonald photo)

General manager Reggie McKenzie signs for fans the morning after signing a contract extension (Jerry McDonald photo)

NAPA _ For a guy who has yet to have a winning season as a general manager, Reggie McKenzie is living large.

The morning after owner Mark Davis announced at a Raider alumni dinner that McKenzie had signed a four-year contract extension, the architect of what is expected to be a silver and black renaissance signed autographs for grateful fans, many of whom probably wanted his head on a platter three years into a reconstruction phase.

“Mark Davis was committed to my plan,” McKenzie told reporters Saturday before the Raiders’ second practice of training camp. “I’m sure he had a lot of phone calls, a lot of people talking to him and saying, `Is Reggie the guy?’ ”

“It wasn’t going to be a quick fix. I’m not into quick fixes. It’s a process and it worked the way we planned. No we still haven’t had a winning season, but we feel good about the direction we’re going.”

Terms of McKenzie’s extension were not disclosed.

The Raiders were 11-37 in McKenzie’s first three seasons after he dismantled an 8-8 team coached by Hue Jackson and jettisoned bloated contracts to get the Raiders salary cap in order.

Last season brought a breakthrough of sorts under Jack Del Rio, who replaced McKenzie’s first head coach, Dennis Allen. McKenzie put together two good drafts, found a pass rusher in Khalil Mack and a quarterback in Derek Carr, and in the past offseason got rave reviews for his work in bringing in free agents at positions of need.

The next step for McKenzie is an entirely different dilemma, but a good problem to have for any general manager. He must figure out a way to maintain a sound salary structure while retaining key players. Within the next two years, Mack and Carr could become $20 million per season players.

“The plan is to keep good players,” McKenzie said. `Y’all could come beat me across the head if I let a Hall of Fame-type player leave this building.”

McKenzie said there has been a constant dialogue with the representation for both players, and believes the better the Raiders play, the more likely it is they’ll want to stay.

“I’ll take (their agents) out to dinner any time I see him,” McKenzie said. “We’ve fostered good relationships. The No. 1 thing is to get the good players that want to be here. You present a good vibe, coaching staff, good relationships with the players, and then you win.

“When you get a winning team, you don’t have to work has hard. Winning cures all. That’s what’s expected and that’s what we’re going to do.”

— McKenzie echoed Del Rio’s support for suspended linebacker Aldon Smith, who reportedly has sought treatment again for a substance issue.

“Our deal is to support Aldon from the standpoint of the person,” McKenzie said. “Whatever he does to insure his health, we’re going to stand behind him. We know his situation. It’s not like we had blinders. We knew a suspension was possible and it would be an uphill battle for him.

“He’s just going to have to fight the good fight. we’re not going to bail on him, but he has to do his part.”

 

 

 

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  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    doubtful. you’re thinking of this bean counter ^^^^

  • Ok dell protector. I did not ask where he worked or what his mailing address was, sounds like he is a pay grade or three above the rest of this blog

  • RAY NJ

    Booze or idiots.

  • R8der4evr

    3 different HC’s
    2 different OC’s
    Different recievers and systems yet surpassed Manning as # 2 all time in tds after 2 years?? STFU

  • R8der4evr

    Leopards dont change their spots
    RaidO is one

  • lefty12

    He used to always say how busy and hectic he was around tax season.

  • Dakota
  • inonewordraider

    Trump

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    7-9 until proven otherwise. Reggie, Jack and all the Raider players state as much. We all appreciate your Kool-Aid though. Name calling is not a good look, especially if you’re preaching to bloggers at certain points. That puts you close to dr robert territory. settle down, drink some milk

  • RaidO

    That still has nothing to do with the last 5 games and the regression.
    The truth is Carr does not do well with pressure. Same issue from college.

  • RAY NJ

    The gunslinging does concern me though.

  • CVRaider

    My heart skipped a few beats when I read this headline on NFL.com

    Injuries: Cooper carted off; Nkemdiche injures ankle.

    I kept thinking add the page loaded, is there anther Cooper out there. When the other loaded I said YES! Sucks for the other guy.

  • R8der4evr

    Shut up
    You aren’t a Raider diehard
    Faker fantastic

  • Dakota

    Not me…..much better than the captain checkdown we saw him as in year one.

  • RAY NJ

    YES! New catch phrase ” blame it on Trump ” !!!!

  • raiders24

    I like Carr mentality over teddy Bridgewater

  • R8der4evr

    BS read a stat that he was a top passer under pressure
    GTFOH

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    He was the highest rated QB in the league under pressure before the Bye. Wheels came off of the entire team. Not just him.

  • R8der4evr

    With Baileys?

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    Nah. As long as he’s not a choking loser like Palmer, nothing wrong w a gunslinger.

  • Dakota

    Then why do you blame his second half of the season suckage on his center being injured?

  • Steveopa

    Hayden two picks in two days. Has the corner finally turned the corner. If he has our secondary could be a top 5 unit.

  • RAY NJ

    I think he said tick season. I thought he was an exterminator.

  • R8der4evr

    Because it changes EVERYTHING

  • raiders24

    better than hearing him getting picked on like last season

  • SaintKaufman

    RaidO is one of those fans that think we should fire everybody every year, over and over and over again for 50 years until the laws of the world(and mathematical odds) and a little luck we become the Warriors.

  • Dakota

    Other QBs lose their centers and don’t turn into a below average qb…..Id hate to think Carr is that fragile.

  • SaintKaufman

    🙂

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Hayden is reinventing himself, like JDR and Sean Smith said he could.. voiding the final year of his contract was a wake up call

  • R8der4evr

    RaidO is a MORON

  • RAY NJ

    Has to learn to either eat the ball or get rid of it. That comes with time…except for Farve.

  • RaidO

    Yeah that does not make sense. Dude is a real big Carr fan boy

  • R8der4evr

    Sure if the coaching staff has been stable for YEARS like Pitt or NE

  • RAY NJ

    Er…it was McGloin both times.

  • inonewordraider

    Contract yr, tj had really high pff ratings at slot btw

  • RaidO

    He will blame everything else but Carr. Carr could throw 10 INT’s in one game and he would be on here blaming the O line and WR’s

  • R8der4evr

    Wisdom!!!

  • raiders24

    If he keeps his Int around 12 I can live with that. If his gunslinging starts getting in the high teens then I agree

  • Thec

    So much fir the idea that Del Rio wil bring in hiz own GM….roflmao

  • lefty12

    Or it just takes some guys a little longer to become the player he was supposed to be when he was drafted.

  • rifflicks

    Onward …..Christian Soldier

  • R8der4evr

    I will only listen to those that watched the great 70’s 80’s teams be built and develop
    All else is meaningless

  • R8der4evr

    Replace Carr he struggled….

  • RAY NJ

    Yep, you’re right.

  • Thec

    Hahahha yeah sure…lol

  • rifflicks

    like the first part of your post…..meaningless

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Well, the dental part was fun.

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    You’re not taking the right tact on this. Just say Carr played badly. He did. As did Cooper, Webb, Penn, Howard and Murray. The entire offense kinda ran out of gas after the Steeler game. It’s ok, it happens. It’s not indicative of anything. If it happens again this year maybe it’s a pattern. Last year was just a young inexperience team breaking down. I don’t expect these guys to come out and play great every game anymore than I expect every move Reggie makes to be great. Some here do. You’re in an argument you can’t win.

  • RaidO

    Oh please stop the nonsense. Raiders have not had a winning season since 2002. Comments like that are fricking ridiculous

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    nobody said that, ever