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Report: Raiders expected to make front office changes

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The Oakland Raiders are expected to make changes to their front office at some point over the next year, according to a report.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that the widely held belief around the league is that the Raiders will shake things up at some point in 2019.

“It’s clear already the Raiders will be doing more extreme personnel shuffling in the years to come,” La Canfora reported.

Reggie McKenzie is the team’s GM and has been in that role since 2012. His efforts in the 2014 draft helped revive the franchise with new talent such as future Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack and quarterback Derek Carr. But one of Jon Gruden’s first moves after becoming the team’s head coach was to play hardball with Mack, who eventually was traded to the Chicago Bears. Gruden is also believed to have been behind the team’s horrendous decision to give up a third-round pick for Martavis Bryant, who is facing a year-long suspension.

Gruden appears to be making most of the roster decisions about the team and would likely want a GM with whom he feels comfortable working. His hiring likely marked the end of McKenzie’s future with the team.

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