Though the first year into the Raiders' Jon Gruden experiment (Part II) has not gone well, that limited sample size won't stop the for-now-Oakland-based-team from hiring another prominent analyst to segue from a TV set to their front office. We say that because, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Raiders are expected to announce that NFL Network staple Mike Mayock will be their new general manager. In fact, that announcement may come as soon as Monday evening.

Schefter added that Mayock once interviewed for the same position when Al Davis was still in control of the team, and that he spent part of summer 2018 observing Gruden in action:

If you have a cable package with NFL Network, and (far more unlikely) watch it with any sort of consistency, you know that Mayock has served as the channel's draft guru/Mel Kiper since 2004. Furthermore, the 60-year-old Mayock played nine games in the NFL with the Giants, across 1982 and 1983, after being chosen with a 10th round pick in 1981 by Pittsburgh.

Mayock will replace former GM Reggie McKenzie, who held that title for Oakland for more than six years before he was fired on December 10.

Anyway, despite Gruden's control over the team, the Raiders would seem to be in an intriguing position for an incoming GM as their 4-12 record will grant them the fourth overall pick, while they also have two other first-rounders from trades with the Cowboys and Bears. In addition to that they also have more than $75 million in cap room for free agents unafraid of joining a dysfunctional situation for the right price.