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VP of College Scouting Joey Clinkscales Leaving to Join Raiders

Jets Vice President of College Scouting Joey Clinkscales is leaving the organization for a “prominent” position in the Raiders’ front office.

Clinkscales has been with the Jets for the last 17 seasons and was in his current post for the last four seasons. Clinkscales was a candidate for the St. Louis Rams’ general manager position this off-season and was a candidate for the Miami Dolphins’ opening in 2008.

What position Clinkscales will occupy in Oakland is unclear, but the move to the Bay Area was not unexpected. Clinkscales played college football with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie at the University of Tennessee and has been rumored to be heading to Oakland since before the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Raiders have made several changes to the personnel department, including the departures today of longtime front office executive Jon Kingdon, a 33-year employee of the organization who had been the team’s college scouting director. Bruce Kebric was also dismissed and George Karras and Kent McCloughan announced their retirements.

Former Green Bay Packers Assistant Director of College Scouting Shaun Herock is slated to replace Kingdon. McKenzie has also added his twin brother, Raleigh, to the front office.

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