Mayock will replace Reggie McKenzie, whom the Raiders fired on December 10. Bringing in Mayock is a great move for multiple reasons. But I really don't know anybody that knows it and studies it more than Mike Mayock. "I think he's going to be able to give Gruden tons of input in the scouting process and he'll be the GM, but if you believe that anybody other than Jon Gruden is pulling the strings for the Raiders, you're insane".
Mayock, 60, was a 10th round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1981 NFL Draft. But, with three first round picks in the upcoming draft, Oakland could be back in contention in a few seasons.
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"I flew out here clandestinely to meet Mr. Al Davis and he took me into this building, and he hid me for eight hours and he grilled me on everything, as you know, and I came out of the building that day with my head spinning", Mayock said. "He has done it for a long time".
The Raiders finished the season 4-12 and were eliminated early from playoff contention. That was a job requirement as NFL Network's preeminent draft analyst.
They will evaluate the talent on the roster now and then dive into the draft plans. We know what kind of money there is, and that there are a lot of mistakes made in free agency.
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If they elect to release him and not pay him the final four years of his contract, they would be hit with $7.5 million in dead cap space. "I'm ready to go and there's nobody I'd rather go to war with than [coach] Jon Gruden and [owner] Mark Davis".
Mayock understands that his role in this Raiders hierarchy is to give coaches the best possible version of the player they want.
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It will certainly be a challenge. "I don't take any of these things for granted, but I hope I can keep playing". His passer rating of 95.4 is - while still serviceable - the lowest mark he has posted since that same season.