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Oakland Raiders fire GM Reggie McKenzie

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Alex Butler
Oakland Raiders new head coach John Gruden (C) answers questions with owner Mark Davis (L) and Reggie McKenzie on January 9 at the Raiders Headquarters in Alameda, Calif. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI
Oakland Raiders new head coach John Gruden (C) answers questions with owner Mark Davis (L) and Reggie McKenzie on January 9 at the Raiders Headquarters in Alameda, Calif. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The Oakland Raiders have fired general manager Reggie McKenzie.

Sources told NFL Network that McKenzie told his scouts that he was fired on Monday during a meeting. He was offered the opportunity to remain with the franchise through the 2018 season, but is not expected to do so.

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McKenzie, 55, played four of his five NFL seasons for the Raiders. He became the Raiders' general manager in 2012. Oakland posted a 39-70 record during his seven seasons, making the playoffs once.'

He previously worked as a scout and in other roles in the Green Bay Packers' front office, before becoming the team's director of football operations.

The Raiders have had a tumultuous downfall since posting a 12-4 record and making the playoffs in 2016. Oakland was 6-10 last season and traded away star Khalil Mack in the offseason and sent wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys in October.

Oakland (3-10) is in last place in the AFC West. The Raiders upset the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21 on Sunday in Oakland.

The Raiders battle the Cincinnati Bengals at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

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