McKenzie held a meeting with team scouts Monday and informed the group he was fired, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. McKenzie was provided the opportunity to stay through the team's final three games, but he is not expected to do so, Rapoport added. The team later made the announcement official.
"The Raiders have released Reggie McKenzie from his duties as General Manager," the team released in a statement. " We are grateful for everything Reggie has done for this organization as a player, executive and member of the Raider family. We wish the best for Reggie, June and the entire McKenzie family.
"The Raiders will immediately begin a search for a new front office executive and will have no further comment until that process is complete.
The firing comes a day after head coach Jon Gruden declined to discuss whether McKenzie would be back in 2019.
The divide between Gruden and McKenzie reared its head in September, when Rapoport reported an existing disconnect among the personnel responsible for evaluating players.
"I'm not going to sit up here today and talk about any disconnect," Gruden said Monday. "We were connected. We're very good friends and very connected. I'll leave it at that."
Since Gruden returned to the sideline, the Raiders jettisoned numerous players McKenzie drafted or brought in as free agents since he joined the organization as the general manager in 2012.
"I think any coach wants input," Gruden said. "Let's be honest. I've had input here. I had input on the draft picks that we made when I was here with Al Davis, I had some input on the draft this year. And I think it's a collaboration around the league. I think the general manager, the scouts, the coaching staff, sometimes the owner, all work together in every selection. So yeah I would like to be involved for obvious reasons."
As to his critical comments of Oakland's recent drafts, Gruden said, "I don't think you can write the book yet. A lot of those guys are still developing, and still a part of the NFL. Some aren't with us, some are. But I'm not going to reiterate anything that went wrong. I do know this: We have to get better in a lot of areas, and that's what we're going to strive to do."
Oakland went 39-70 overall, including 0-1 in the playoffs, with McKenzie as the general manager. He drafted four players to make the Pro Bowl: Mack, Cooper, Carr and running back Latavius Murray. Only Carr remains on the roster.