Raiders formally announce McKenzie hire

January 6, 2012, 7:31 pm
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The Raiders have made official late Friday morning what was reported late Thursday night -- they have "reached an agreement" with Reggie McKenzie to become the team's new general manager.

The Raiders distributed the release at 11:22 a.m. Friday. Eight minutes earlier team owner Mark Davis texted the following message: "We Have Come To An Agreement With Reggie McKenzie To Be The General Manager Of The Oakland Raiders !!!"

McKenzie will join the Raiders immediately, a person with knowledge of the hiring told The Associated Press, meaning the 47-year-old will depart Green Bay before the Super Bowl champion Packers play their first playoff game on Jan. 15. Green Bay has a first-round bye this weekend.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson issued the following statement on Friday:

I would like to thank Reggie McKenzie for all that he has done for the Green Bay Packers over the last 18 years. Reggie is a tremendous talent, but more importantly, he is a good friend and great family man. His contributions to our organization are numerous and he is ready for the opportunity to be a general manager in the National Football League. Its been a privilege to work with Reggie, he is a good man.

Official press release:
The Raiders Have Reached An Agreement With Reggie McKenzie To Become The General Manager Of The Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders will hold a press conference on Tuesday, January 10th at 2:00 pm, at which time additional information will be provided.