ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting the Oakland Raiders have had preliminary talks with Ray Anderson about a senior front office position with the club.
Anderson has been the NFL‘s senior vice president of football operations since 2006 and sources say he is willing to move on for the right opportunity. Anderson has ties to the Bay Area and has extensive experiencing working in and around the hierarchy of NFL teams. He is a former agent who has represented various players and coaches including Tony Dungy and Dennis Green. Anderson left the agent world to become the vice president of the Atlanta Falcons for four years before joining the league offices.
The move will be the beginning of a restructuring of the Raiders’ front office by owner Mark Davis. The organization is trying to move away from the ownership style of the late Al Davis, which is a good thing for Oakland. The younger Davis clearly understands the new way of finding success in this league and he is trying to organize his front office to find stability. The dedication to first-year general manager Reggie McKenzie and first-year coach Dennis Allen, means the Raiders are focused on building a consistent winner rather than trying to buy wins. Davis is on the right track with restructuring the front office and Anderson will be the perfect hire to get Oakland back to the playoffs.
If Anderson does join the Raiders organization it would be the second-consecutive senior vice president of football operations to leave the position to join Oakland’s payroll. Anderson replaced Art Shell, who left the position to become the Raiders’ head coach in 2006.