Exec McKenzie to join Dolphins
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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