Report: Raiders in discussions with Mike Holmgren

Leon Halip

The Raiders have been speaking with former NFL head coach and executive, Mike Holmgren about a leadership role with the team, according to ESPN's Bill Williamson.

The Raiders have reportedly spoke with several candidates to fill the role of team president since the season ended. None of those reported candidates have materialized yet. However, the latest reported discussions about taking a leadership position with the team have been with Mike Holmgren although it is unknown what position that would be. It is expected to be something on the football side which, if that were the case, would probably rule out team president.

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie knows Holmgren very well from their days together with the Green Bay Packers. Holmgren was the Packers' head coach when McKenzie first joined the team's front office in 1994. The Packers would go to two Super Bowls under Holmgren including winning Super Bowl XXXI over the Patriots.

The highly respected head coach would later move on to the Seattle Seahawks where he was not only the head coach but also executive vice president and general manager for 10 seasons. He took the Seahawks to the Super Bowl in 2005 where they would lose a wild one against the Steelers.

After ten years with the Seahawks, Holmgren retired from coaching and moved on to join the Cleveland Browns as team president. He spent three disappointing seasons in Cleveland before announcing he would be stepping down this offseason.

From the looks of it, this would be a perfect marriage/reunion between Holmgren and McKenzie. So much so that it is actually a bit surprising it didn't happen sooner.

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