Exec McKen­zie to join Dol­phins

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports - By Safid Deen

DAVIE — The Mi­ami Dol­phins and gen­eral man­ager Chris Grier have added an ex­pe­ri­enced NFL ex­ec­u­tive to their front of­fice.

For­mer Oak­land Raiders gen­eral man­ager Reg­gie McKen­zie has joined the Dol­phins as a se­nior per­son­nel ex­ec­u­tive, ac­cord­ing to a league source on Satur­day.

McKen­zie, who was awarded NFL Ex­ec­u­tive of the Year in 2016, is widely con­sid­ered as one of the league’s top pro per­son­nel ex­ec­u­tives and tal­ent eval­u­a­tors. He will be a key com­po­nent in the Dol­phins’ front of­fice by as­sist­ing Grier, who is in charge of Mi­ami’s foot­ball op­er­a­tions for the first time in his ca­reer.

McKen­zie spent the last seven sea­sons in Oak­land where he drafted play­ers like stand­out line­backer Khalil Mack, quar­ter­back Derek Carr and wide re­ceiver Amari Cooper to lead the Raiders through a re­build. The Raiders made the play­offs in 2016 be­hind their young ros­ter, but were un­able to sus­tain their suc­cess, lead­ing to Jon Gru­den’s hir­ing as head coach in 2018.

As the Raiders traded away Mack and Cooper dur­ing Gru­den’s first sea­son last year, McKen­zie fate was also ul­ti­mately de­cided when he was fired on Dec. 10 with three games re­main­ing.

Be­fore join­ing the Raiders in 2012, McKen­zie spent 17 sea­sons with the Green Bay Pack­ers as a direc­tor of player per­son­nel and direc­tor of foot­ball op­er­a­tions.

Now, he will join a Dol­phins front of­fice that hopes to re­build its ros­ter with hopes of achiev­ing sus­tained suc­cess in the fu­ture un­der new coach Brian Flores.

McKen­zie will join as­sis­tant man­ager Marvin Allen and codi­rec­tors of player per­son­nel Adam En­groff and An­thony Hunt as Grier’s top ex­ec­u­tives.

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El­liott Walden, pres­i­dent and CEO of rac­ing op­er­a­tions for WinS­tar Farm, left, talks with Bob Baf­fert, trainer of Ken­tucky Derby win­ner Jus­tify, be­fore last year’s Preak­ness Stakes at Pim­lico Race Course.

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