General Manager Reggie McKenzie
Owner Mark Davis wanted the 100-plus Raiders' alumni gathered in Napa Valley for the team's annual "Alumni Weekend" to be the first to know that the team elected to extend the contract of General Manager Reggie McKenzie for an additional four years.
Davis made the announcement Friday night at dinner in front of the assembled former Raiders and notable sponsors, alerting them that McKenzie was now under contract through the end of the 2021 NFL Draft.
"Reggie's contract was up at the end of this year, and we felt was time to reward him for the job that he has done," said Mark Davis.
McKenzie has served as the team's general manager since January 2012, and since his tenure began, he has rebuilt the team's roster from the ground up, adding core pieces through the draft and then supplementing those pieces with smart additions through free agency.
In recent years, McKenzie has not only hit on players on the first day of the draft like defensive end Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, but has also managed to find value on Day Two and Day Three, like quarterback Derek Carr, defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and Gabe Jackson to name a few.
This offseason, McKenzie also put together an impressive free agent haul that received praise across the league, as he was able to ink linebacker Bruce Irvin, guard Kelechi Osemele, and cornerback Sean Smith in the early days of free agency.
McKenzie has slowly but surely turned the Raiders into a contender, and Friday night his hard work was rewarded by the organization.