The two sides have been engaged in talks over the past week and are still ironing the details of McKenzie’s role and his powers within the organization, the source said.
McKenzie has had the support of former Raiders executives Ron Wolf, Ken Herock and John Madden, who were assisting the team in its search for a new general manager.
“Reggie’s a tremendous evaluator,” Wolf told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday. “He can tell you who can play and who can’t play. That’s what it’s all about. Some can write reports but can’t tell you who can play. Whatever that is, he has that. He has a feel.”
McKenzie, who played linebacker for the Raiders from 1985-88, officially interviewed with the team Wednesday, a source told Schefter.
Owner Al Davis, who died in October, had effectively served as the team’s general manager until his death.
A well-deserved promotion that should have happen before now. A big loss for the Green Bay Packers, but that is the price of being a successful team.
McKenzie, who is close to Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, also has been mentioned by Chicago media as a possible candidate for the Bears’ GM job. Jerry Angelo was fired Tuesday after 11 years as the Bears’ GM. Because the Packers gave McKenzie permission to interview with the Raiders, he’s free to interview with other teams as well, Jensen reported.
At least one assistant is also being considered for a collegiate position.