Oakland Raiders Ink Contract Extension with General Manager, Reggie McKenzie
When Al Davis died in 2011 and Mark Davis, his son, took over, Oakland knew it was going to be the end of an era, but the beginning to a new one.
One of Mark Davis’ first moves after gaining control of the team was naming Reggie McKenzie as the team’s first General Manager since 1963, when Al Davis joined the team. When McKenzie was brought in, the Raiders were no doubt in a rebuilding state that was being dragged on by bad contracts and “salary-cap hell.”
Since then, the Raiders have continued their rebuilding. However, it seems like they are in the tail end of that and are ready for a legitimate playoff spot opportunity.
In the first three years since McKenzie’s arrival, the team went 4-12, 4-12 and 3-13. However, the team was doing what they needed to do behind the scenes — getting rid of unneeded contracts, drafting the right players, being smarter — and it led to a much improved 2015 campaign that ended with a 7-9 record. With the momentum, the team is poised to bring Oakland a winning season, as well as a shot for the playoffs, in what could be the team’s final year in the area.
More good news for the Raiders was announced when McKenzie, who is entering the final year of his contract, signed a four-year extension with the team. This will be his fifth year as GM for the Raiders.
The team is definitely on the upside, especially landing one of the best, young trio’s in the league: Khalil Mack, Derek Carr and Amari Cooper. They also brought in a lot of talent through the free agency, signing Bruce Irvin, Sean Smith, Reggie Nelson and Kelechi Osemele.
The Raiders are currently in training camp and are preparing for their first pre-season game against the Arizona Cardinals on August 12th.
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