Oakland parts ways with Raleigh McKenzie
After the Oakland Raiders parted ways with Reggie McKenzie, his twin brother, Raleigh McKenzie, knew the writing was on the wall that he would be gone next, but admits it’s still disappointing that he is on his way out of the organization. McKenzie has served as a college scout for seven years, and with his contract about to expire the team has decided to not renew it.
“I’ve already come to grips with it,” McKenzie told Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It’s not like I was blindsided. I always looked at it [and felt] there is a strong possibility. I’m just glad I was able to hang on as long as I did after my brother. I thought it was going to be a package deal. So I was able to finish what I started with the college scouting.”
With Jon Gruden as theRaiders’ coach and Mike Mayock as general manager, the team is doing a cleaning of both the front office and the roster, so it was only a matter of time before McKenzie would be let go, and some might have found it a surprise he wasn’t let go before.
McKenzie was one of the scouts that Mayock sent home on April 19th before the draft started, sending shockwaves throughout league circles.
Reggie McKenzie, by the way, was hired in February by the Miami Dolphins as the team’s senior personnel executive. If Raleigh wants to continue his career in the NFL, perhaps he can follow his brother to South Beach.