Mike McKenzie coming to Green Bay

Whether it was wishful thinking or what they actually believed, members of the Green Bay Packers front office have been holding out hope that holdout cornerback Mike McKenzie eventually would back down on his trade demand.

Eventually, McKenzie would miss his $161,000 game checks. More importantly, McKenzie would watch the Packers on television, winning and having fun, and want to be a part of it all.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday — two days after the Packers' opening-night thrashing of Carolina — McKenzie will be in Green Bay.

"All I know is I'm meeting with Mike tomorrow at 8 o'clock," coach-general manager Mike Sherman told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

Whether McKenzie is visiting to return to the team or to hammer out a trade is unknown. McKenzie's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN.com that his client is open to returning to the Packers but would rather be traded.

"...the top priority for Mike remains a trade, and maybe him coming in will precipitate something," Rosenhaus said.

Packers quarterback Brett Favre has been the most outspoken critic of McKenzie's holdout. In June, Favre said, "I like Mike. I think he's a great player, we all think so. But I really feel like in this situation he's wrong. There's quarterbacks out there who make more money than me. Whenever the peak of my career was — I think it's right now — there were guys making more money than me. ... Maybe I was just naive and didn't really give a damn, but it never really concerned me. All I cared about was playing football."

He continued, saying: "I don't think there's anything better than being with a great team, a great organization and making a lot of money. You go ahead and ask those guys and they'd kill to make the kind of money Mike McKenzie's making. They don't even know if they're going to make this team. I know Mike McKenzie feels like he should be paid more, and he's probably deserving of it, but that's just the way it goes. You honor your contract, you honor your team and you honor your teammates."

With that said, however, Favre and Sherman have said the Packers would welcome back McKenzie in the same way the team welcomed back Antonio Freeman, who left Green Bay in anger only to return last season.

McKenzie is in his third season of a five-year, $17.1 million contract he signed in January 2002. McKenzie, among other reported reasons, is holding out over his anger that other, lesser cornerbacks signed larger contracts than his during the off-season. Sherman on Tuesday reiterated his position that he will not renegotiate McKenzie's contract.

Last week, McKenzie's cornerback partner last season, Al Harris, signed for five years and $19 million.

In addition to not receiving his first game check — missing the first of 17 payments on his $2.75 million salary cost McKenzie $161,765 — he faces fines of about $175,000 for skipping training camp. The maximum fine allowed by the league is $5,000 a day.

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