Last week Reggie McKenzie was fired by Mark Davis, thus ending his 7-year tenure as Raiders General Manager. But he may not be unemployed long. Immediately upon his firing, he was named a recommended general manager to hire by the NFL’s career-development advisory panel according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
McKenzie was named NFL Executive of the year in 2016, after helping build the Raiders into a playoff team, thanks in large part to his 2014 draft class which included Khalil Mack, Derek Carr, and Gabe Jackson. Also playing a large role were free agent additions Rodney Hudson, Kelechi Osemele, and Michael Crabtree.
The career-development advisory panel, which is made up of former NFL head coaches and general managers, is concerned with what figures to be little diversity among NFL General Managers.
With Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome’s also expected to be out this offseason, the NFL would be left with just Miami’s Chris Grier as its only minority GM.
Wether McKenzie immediately lands another GM job, he is sure to be hired on somewhere as a well-respected personnel man both for his time with the Raiders as well as his 16 years as a personnel executive with the Green Bay Packers.