Raiders formally announce McKenzie hire


Raiders formally announce McKenzie hire

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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.

Week after signing with Vikings, ex-Raiders RB Murray undergoes surgery

Week after signing with Vikings, ex-Raiders RB Murray undergoes surgery

A week after signing a deal with the Vikings, former Raiders running back Latavius Murray has undergone ankle surgery.

The Vikings made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

Minnesota issued the following statement regarding the surgery:

"Vikings RB Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina. We were aware of the required surgery prior to signing Latavius on March 16. Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp."

Murray's deal with the Vikings is reported worth $15 million over three years, but can reportedly be voied after the first year.

Drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Murray became the Raiders' primary running back midway through the 2015 season. In his three years in Oakland, Murray carried the ball 543 times for 2,278 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015.

Ex-Raiders tight end signs deal with Jaguars

Ex-Raiders tight end signs deal with Jaguars

After four seasons with the Raiders, tight end Mychal Rivera is on the move.

The 2013 sixth-round pick has signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced.

News of an agreement between the two sides was first reported by ESPN. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.

After playing a prominent role in Oakland his first two seasons, Rivera saw his numbers decrease in 2015 and 2016. This past season, he caught just 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown.

In his time with the Raiders, the Tennessee alum caught a total of 146 passes for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Raiders signed free agent tight end Jared Cook last week to go with incumbents Clive Walford and Lee Smith.

Shortly after the deal was announced, Rivera took to Instagram to thank Raiders fans.

"Thank You #RaiderNation. It was an honor to wear silver and black for the first 4 years of my NFL career. A kid from LA was drafted to the Bay...and God made a way! Wins, Losses, Blood, Sweat, & Tears made me the player I am today. Better than ever. The values that embody what it is to be a Raider will stick with me for life," Rivera wrote.