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Raiders fire GM Reggie McKenzie

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Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie smiles while speaking at a news conference in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 23, 2017. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr finalized a five-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2022 season. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Oakland Raiders have fired general manager Reggie McKenzie less than two years after he was named the NFL's executive of the year.

The Raiders announced McKenzie was let go Monday from the position he had held for almost seven seasons.

"We are grateful for everything Reggie has done for this organization as a player, executive and member of the Raider family," the team said in a statement. "We wish the best for Reggie, June and the entire McKenzie family."

The team says it will immediately begin searching for a new general manager.

McKenzie's status was in doubt ever since coach Jon Gruden was given a 10-year contract last January to take charge of the football operation for the Raiders. McKenzie's influence had waned since then, with the Raiders cutting ties with several of the players he had acquired, most notably edge rusher Khalil Mack and receiver Amari Cooper.

McKenzie was the first major hire made by owner Mark Davis after he took over the team following the death of his father, Al, in 2011. McKenzie modernized the franchise, got the team out of salary cap purgatory and built a roster that won 12 games in 2016, earning him honors as the league's top executive.

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