Wied Resigns; McKenzie to Raiders

Jason Wied, the Packers' vice president of administration/general counsel, said he was battling health problems and checked into a treatment center. Meanwhile, Packers personnel guru Reggie McKenzie will become the Raiders' general manager.

Jason Wied, the Green Bay Packers' vice president of administration/general counsel, has resigned from the organization because of health issues, Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy announced Friday.

"This was a difficult decision but the right one for me," said Wied in a press release. "I've had some health issues, including sleep apnea and insomnia, for the last couple of years and have tried many treatments, herbal remedies, and medications. Recently, I developed a dependency on one of the herbal remedies that had been suggested and my long-term health became a real concern.

"With the support of my wife, family and the Packers, I entered a treatment center on Nov. 7. While there I realized that I needed to make some changes and some tough choices – and I feel that moving on from my employment with the Packers will allow me to make the changes I need in my life right now."

Wied played many roles for the Packers, including in the 2003 and current stadium expansions.

"Jason has been an integral part of the success the Packers organization has enjoyed over the past decade," Murphy said in a press release. "He has served in key roles for the Packers on many projects, including the 2003 redevelopment of Lambeau Field and the current expansion to the stadium, as well as the development and construction of Ray Nitschke Field, the team's training camp practice facility.

"Jason established good relations with community leaders which were very beneficial to the organization in many ways, including in the planning for potential development of the area around the stadium. His work with the Packers Board of Directors and on NFL matters was invaluable as well."

A Green Bay native, Wied initially the Packers in 2000 as staff counsel and was named vice president of administration/corporate counsel in 2007 before being promoted to vice president of administration/general counsel in 2008. His duties included overseeing the team's administrative operations, community outreach, public relations and security departments.

"I consider myself fortunate to have worked here for 11 years," Wied said. "I'm very proud of what we accomplished and look forward to the continued success of the Packers on and off the field. As a fan and shareholder, I'll continue to cheer the Packers on every Sunday with my family by my side."

The Green Bay Premontre, UW-Madison and Marquette University Law School graduate is active in the community as a member of the boards of directors of the Business Bank, Greater Green Bay Branding Initiative-Better by the Bay and the Heritage Hill Foundation.

"The Packers are extremely grateful for the service Jason has provided to the organization, and wish the best to him and his family," Murphy said.

Packers losing McKenzie, too

Green Bay director of football operations Reggie McKenzie will become the Oakland general manager in the reorganization of the Raiders' front office since the death of owner Al Davis.

It's both fair and correct to note that former longtime league executive Ron Wolf played a key role in the recommendation and the hire. But McKenzie had a lot of people in his corner, and as was noted by The Sports Xchange's Len Pasquarelli on this Web site in the past, one of them was retired league executive Ken Herock who, like Wolf, has ties to both the Raiders and the Packers.

Over the past two months, we've hinted in this space that an unnamed former front office person was closely advising Davis' son and heir, Mark Davis, about the football operation in Oakland. And now, with the McKenzie hiring about to become official, and the cat out of the bag, so to speak, we can report that Herock was that person. In the interest of full disclosure, we'll acknowledge that Herock is a close friend, and that we were taken into his confidence over the past few months. But The Sports Xchange is now free to report that, not only did Herock counsel the younger Davis from afar, he actually made two trips, for three weeks total, to observe the club's operation on-site.

In fact, Herock was to have made a third visit this week, possibly to participate in the general manager interviews, but some business conflicts made that impossible. Wolf and Herock, longtime friends, comprised a pretty formidable scouting tandem when they worked together.

Now they have essentially teamed up to help shape the Raiders' future.

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