Report: McKenzie not budging

The Packers want Mike McKenzie. Mike McKenzie doesn't want the Packers.

It's the same old story, confirmed by agent Drew Rosenhaus in an interview published on espn.com Friday.

Rosenhaus says Packers coach/GM Mike Sherman called on Wednesday, saying the Packers would welcome back their talented cornerback. It's the same message Sherman and other members of the team's personnel department have been saying since May.

McKenzie isn't biting, however. Whatever made McKenzie mad enough to demand a trade — whether it's money or some sort of bitterness toward Sherman — lingers. Asked if he can see a scenario in which McKenzie would back down from his trade demand and return to the team, Rosenhaus said: "No, none at all. He's pretty well dug in."

According to the report, the Packers pulled their offer to allow Rosenhaus to work out a trade. Previously, the Packers gave the agent the chance to find suitors, with the team asking for some combination of a first-round pick, a middle-round pick and a starting-caliber player.

It appears the high asking price has scared teams off. Rosenhaus said there was some interest, but they were not willing to part with a first-round pick for the talented McKenzie.

"You've got to remain optimistic, because the Packers are talking (to teams), and there is a willingness to trade him for the right price," Rosenhaus said. "But right now, from my conversation with Mike Sherman, there is certainly nothing imminent. You just get up every day and hope that will be the day some team decides it needs a veteran cornerback of Mike's caliber."

The five-year pro is entering the third season of a five-year, $17.1 million contract extension inked in 2001. Miffed at watching what he deemed as lesser players getting more money during this off-season's free agency, McKenzie first demanded a renegotiated contract, and when that wasn't forthcoming, he fired his agent, hired Rosenhaus and sought a trade.

McKenzie is due a base salary of $2.75 million for the coming season.

Because he's under contract, the Packers can fine McKenzie up to $5,000 a day for skipping camp. Sherman has refused comment on that subject, and has said he will not comment further about McKenzie until there's something worth commenting on.


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