Raiders owner Mark Davis had no comment to CSNCalifornia.com on an ESPN report Sunday morning that had the Raiders holding "exploratory talks" with Ray Anderson, the NFL's senior vice president of football operations, about a "senior executive front office job" in Oakland after a disappointing 4-12 season.
Per the report, Davis is "contemplating a restructuring of the franchise's organization" and requested and received permission from the league to speak with Anderson, who was in Atlanta for the NFC divisional playoff game between the Falcons and Seattle Seahawks. A created position of team president might be the most logical.
Anderson's name first popped up in connection with the Raiders in a CBS Sports report in late December, and it is thought that general manager Reggie McKenzie, who just finished his first year at the helm, is safe in his role. CEO Amy Trask's main responsibilities of late have been in the stadium search.
A former agent who represented the likes of Tony Dungy and Dennis Green, Anderson was a Falcons vice president when he jumped to the NFL in 2006. He also has Bay Area ties, having played football and baseball at Stanford and later graduated from Harvard Law School.
Anderson was at the forefront of the NFL official lockout this year and wrote an op-ed piece in USA Today before the settlement.
"We recognize the current officials are facing unprecedented scrutiny," Anderson wrote. "We are committed to do all we can to help them continue to improve.
"We appreciate the passion and patience of our fans as we continue to work hard to reach a fair agreement as soon as possible so we all can continue to enjoy our game today and improve it in the years ahead."