Raiders officially part ways with Reggie McKenzie after GM announces his own firing

GM reportedly declined the opportunity to stick around for the rest of the season

Karl Buscheck
December 10, 2018 - 10:08 am

The day after a gameday report suggesting that Reggie McKenzie wouldn’t be back in 2019, the hammer has dropped.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport was first with the news, which the club confimred early on Monday afternoon in a press release:

Here's the release from the club:

The Raiders also offered an unattributed comment on the move:

"We are grateful for everything Reggie has done for this organization as a player, executive and member of the Raider family. We wish the best for Reggie, June and the entire McKenzie family."

The NFL is a cold-blooded world. The Raiders stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon, winning 24-21. During Jon Gruden's customary day-after-the-game press conference, the head coach had puzzling response when asked why the move went down at the moment it did.

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Timing aside, the removal of McKenzie was a fait accompli from the day owner Mark Davis lured Gruden out of the Monday Night Football booth and back to the silver and black.

Gruden has gutted McKenzie’s roster, most notably parting ways with Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, two erstwhile cornerstones of the Raiders.

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