McKenzie on McKenzie: He'll be back

Packers director of pro personnel Reggie McKenzie's opinions are to be respected.

He played in the NFL for seven seasons. He has been part of the Packers' personnel team for 10 seasons, and this will be his seventh year in his current position.

So when McKenzie leaves a glimmer of hope that disgruntled cornerback Mike McKenzie may return to the team, his hunch should be treated as something more than just wishful thinking.

To nobody's surprise, Mike McKenzie was a no-show when minicamp opened Wednesday. His latest agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has continued to shop his client but no deal is close to fruition.

While it seemed a foregone conclusion Mike McKenzie will be traded, if for locker-room harmony for no other reason, Reggie McKenzie's "gut" tells him the standout cornerback will be wearing the green and gold this summer.

"My gut says Mike will be here, we're going to play ball and we'll live happily ever after," Reggie McKenzie said after Wednesday's practice. "That's what I feel. I could be wrong, but my gut says No. 34 will be on the field for us this year."

Reggie McKenzie confirmed the Packers are seeking a first-round pick, a player of equal talent, or a desirable combination of the two for McKenzie, who is entering the third year of his five-year, $17.1 million contract. So far, Reggie McKenzie says, "We haven't had any legit offers."

"I think Coach (Mike Sherman) is going to allow him to shop for awhile and then back off if nobody's coming forward," he continued.

Asked if the Packers may back off their trade demands if the process continues to drag along, Reggie McKenzie said "no" twice, as if to make a point.

"We're not going to ease back on that," he said. "Mike don't think he's worth a second-round player. He thinks he's a first-round player. So do we. He's a good player. He's a starter. That's where you get starters: in the first round. You go from 20 on down (in the draft), and you'd rather have Mike than some of those guys. Mike is a first-round player. No question."

Teams, however, are reluctant to give up their first-round picks, Reggie McKenzie noted humorously.

"It's unbelievable. Teams feel first-round picks are like their wives. They don't want to get rid of them. It's hard for people to let them go."

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