By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Oakland Raiders have hired Mike Mayock to be their new General Manager. He replaces Reggie McKenzie, who was fired before the end of the season.
The 60-year-old Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native will be serving in his first front office role with the Raiders in 2019. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has been friends with Mayock for years.
Despite having the GM title, Gruden is expected to be guy, who has the final say with the team on personnel matters. He wants everyone within the building to know that he’s in charge.
The Raiders, under the Gruden and Mayock leadership, will have three first-round draft picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. Mayock has been analyzing draft picks with the NFL Network for the past several seasons.
The team originally had one first-round draft pick. The team then acquired a first-round draft pick, along with several other picks, in a blockbuster deal by sending star defensive end Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears in September.
One month later, the Raiders traded wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys. Oakland received its third first-round draft pick in the deal.
Gruden and Mayock will also be responsible for making improvements for the team’s roster moving forward besides through the NFL Draft.
One of the decisions the team will have to make is with starting quarterback Derek Carr. The team has an out if they decide to move on from him.
If they elect to release him and not pay him the final four years of his contract, they would be hit with $7.5 million in dead cap space. They would only be responsible for two-years, $47.6 million of his five-year, $125 million deal.