According to the multiple media outlets, including ESPN and NFL Network, Oakland Raiders have fired their general manager Reggie McKenzie. NFL Insider Ian Rapaport’s sources told him that McKenzie had a meeting with his scouts on Monday, where told them about the Raiders’ decision.
McKenzie reportedly has a chance to stay with the organization until the end of the season but is unlikely to do so. The 55-year-old was under contract through 2021, having signed an extension in 2016.
#Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie had a meeting with his scouts today where he informed them he was fired, per me and @TomPelissero. He was given the chance to stay the season, but is not expected to do so.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 10, 2018
This comes as a surprise, given the fact that Reggie McKenzie was supposed to be a part of the Oakland Raiders rebuilding process which began with signing head coach Jon Gruden to a 10-year, $100 million deal before the start of the season. McKenzie then played a big part in trading away All-Pro linebacker Khalil Mack and Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper for future first-round draft picks.
After working on several executive positions with the Green Bay Packers, Reggie McKenzie was appointed as the Raiders general manager in 2012. During his era, Raiders made one playoff appearance in 2016, their first time since 2002, but didn’t have much success overall being 39-70.
Reportedly, the reason for McKenzie’s departure is that he and Jon Gruden had different opinions about the way the Raiders will go through the rebuilding process.