Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 4/8/13
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie learned his trade while working for the Green Bay Packers. He was able to observe Packers GM Ted Thompson skillfully evaluate players in the NFL Draft, and avoid paying for high priced free agents that ruin salary caps. McKenzie knows that any team that has longevity does it through the draft, and retaining the team’s key players is also essential. McKenzie has set out to fix the Raiders broken ways from the front office down, having the right philosophy is a start. "I just think of doing what's needed to make this team the best it can be long-term. That's my job. Mark knew the cap part of this was going to be a two-year deal. Mark is not his father. He is allowing me to do this, and we talk about the process all the time. He's allowing me to do the job that needs to be done,'' McKenzie said, via Peter King of SI.com. "Remember -- the way I was raised in football, in Green Bay, was not as a big spender in free agency." "I hope we continue to draft well, and I hope we can sign our own players, because that's the way I believe you win in this league. You draft, develop and sign your own players. Mark is on board with that, and what we have to do now and in the future, he's on board with and understands and he supports.'' var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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