ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders fired coach Hue Jackson on Tuesday after just one season at the helm in the first major move since Reggie McKenzie was hired as general manager.
The decision to get rid of Jackson came four days after the team announced the hiring of McKenzie as the team's first general manager since the death of longtime owner Al Davis in October. McKenzie was to be formally introduced later Tuesday.
The firing was confirmed by a person with knowledge of the situation. It was first reported by ESPN.
The move marks a rapid fall for Jackson, who was in charge of personnel decisions and coaching after Davis died of heart failure on Oct. 8.
Jackson made the trade for quarterback Carson Palmer after starter Jason Campbell broke his collarbone, costing the Raiders a 2012 first-round draft pick and a conditional 2013 second-rounder.
While Palmer showed signs of giving the Raiders a big-time quarterback, he was unable to get Oakland to the playoffs for the first time since 2002, raising questions about how effective that trade was.
After starting the season 7-4, the Raiders lost four of their final five games to mark their ninth straight season without a winning record or a playoff berth. A late-game collapse at home to Detroit on Dec. 18 and a 38-26 loss to San Diego at home in the season finale did in the Raiders and ultimately Jackson.
Owner Mark Davis, Al's son, made the decision to bring in McKenzie last week and gave him the authority over the coaching staff. McKenzie will now get to pick a new head coach, providing the Raiders a fresh start in their first full season without Al Davis involved since 1962.
Jackson talked at the end of the season about having more involvement in 2012, but instead he will have none.
"I'm going take a stronger hand in this whole team, this whole organization," he said after the season finale. "There's no way that I'm going to feel like I feel today a year from now. I promise you that. There's no question. Defensively, offensively and special teams. I'm not feeling like this no more. This is a joke."
Derrick Mason says he is retiring
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason has decided to retire after 15 NFL seasons.
The two-time Pro Bowl selection caught 943 career passes for 12,061 yards and 66 touchdowns.
Mason, 37, spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, later playing six seasons for the Baltimore Ravens.
"I'm done," Mason said. "I won't be playing football. I only knew one play to play football, going all-out and having fun out there."
Cut by the Ravens before training camp in July, he was signed by the New York Jets and later traded to the Houston Texans.
Mason caught 19 passes for 170 yards this season with the Jets and Texans.
Mason plans to pursue a career in broadcasting and has appeared on NFL Network recently.
"I'm spending some time at home and doing as much as I can to really get entrenched in some broadcasting network whether it be nationally or do something here locally," Mason said. "I enjoy it a lot."
Other than not winning a Super Bowl after playing in one with the Titans when they lost to the St. Louis Rams following the 1999 NFL season, Mason said he leaves the game with no regrets.
"I leave it healthy and able to run and walk and not take a half-hour or 45 minutes to get out of bed," Mason said. "I don't have lingering pains as of now. Me leaving now, even though it didn't happen the way I wanted it to happen, I had a good run. It was fun while it lasted."
Vikings list $67M in 'hidden' stadium costs
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings say building a new stadium on the site of the Metrodome would come with $67 million in hidden costs.
The team detailed the costs in a letter made public Tuesday.
The Vikings say they would need to spend three seasons playing at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, costing them $37 million in revenue. And they say the college stadium would need nearly $11 million in facility upgrades, plus another $19 million to upgrade parking options.
The team says that would push the true cost at the Metrodome to $962 million. They say they still prefer to build in Arden Hills, a suburb north of St. Paul.
Gov. Mark Dayton has asked Ramsey County and Minneapolis leaders to finalize their stadium proposals by Thursday.
Rams meet with 3 candidates for GM
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams are interviewing Lake Dawson of the Titans and Les Snead of the Falcons for their vacant general manager position while awaiting word from Jeff Fisher on their coaching opening.
A team spokesman says a decision from Fisher, who is choosing between the Rams and Dolphins after sitting out last season, is not expected Tuesday.
Ryan Grigson of the Eagles interviewed Monday for the GM position. The Rams confirmed to the AP that they've met with all three candidates.
Dawson is vice president of operations with the Titans, where Fisher was coach for 16-plus seasons before being let go last January.
Snead has been director of player personnel the last three seasons with Atlanta. Devaney, fired after four seasons, also came from the Falcons.