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    Packers trade McKenzie to Saints

    By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Sports Writer
    October 4, 2004

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Mike McKenzie got his wish Monday when he was traded to the New Orleans Saints for a second-round pick in 2005 and a backup quarterback.

    ``It's time to move on,'' Packers coach-general manager Mike Sherman said.

    Since ending his holdout without retracting his trade request three weeks ago, McKenzie has been paid more than $485,000, but played just nine snaps, all against Chicago. That led fans and teammates to wonder whether he was still holding out, but getting paid anyway.

    The recalcitrant cornerback sat out the last two games with a mysterious hamstring injury. He was left home when the Packers traveled to Indianapolis two weeks ago and wasn't on the sideline Sunday when the Packers lost to the New York Giants at home.

    ``Mission accomplished,'' McKenzie's agent, Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated Press. ``It's important to relay that there's no hard feelings on Mike's behalf. He's obviously grateful they were able to work out a deal and there's certainly not going to be any backbiting or any negativity on our behalf.''

    Rosenhaus said McKenzie will play under the terms of his current contract, but he hopes to have talks with Saints general manager Mickey Loomis soon about an upgrade.

    ``(Loomis) understands the dynamics that went into Mike's situation: his contract was obviously an issue,'' Rosenhaus said. ``We hope to get that resolved; whether that happens this season or in the winter, I'm not going to make that an issue. We are certainly not going to try to squeeze the Saints right now in regard to the contract.''

    The Packers acquired quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan, 25, and the second-round selection in the 2005 draft in return for McKenzie, 28, and a future conditional draft choice. The Packers have been interested in O'Sullivan since the Saints took him in the sixth round of the 2002 draft out of Cal-Davis.

    Their interest was heightened when Brett Favre and backup Doug Pederson were injured Sunday. Favre has a mild concussion and is expected to practice this week and extend his record starting streak to 213 games, counting playoffs, against Tennessee next week. But Pederson was undergoing further tests Monday on his ribs and kidneys.

    The deal is the Packers' first midseason trade in 23 years involving active players from both teams.

    McKenzie, who is earning $2.75 million this year in the middle season of a five-year, $17.1 million deal he signed in January 2002, became upset when several cornerbacks of lesser talent surpassed him in compensation this offseason.

    McKenzie instructed agent Brian Parker to seek a contract renegotiation in February, converting a $200,000 workout bonus into two $100,000 roster bonuses due in April and June and removing a de-escalator clause from the contract he signed in 2002.

    As the Packers worked to comply with the request, McKenzie said he wanted to be traded instead. Green Bay denied his plea on April 6 and two weeks later drafted cornerbacks Ahmad Carroll and Joey Thomas with their first two selections.

    Parker terminated his working relationship with McKenzie in May and the sixth-year cornerback hired Rosenhaus, his fifth representative in his six-year NFL career.

    McKenzie, a starter for Green Bay since his rookie year, has 15 career interceptions. He comes off one of his most productive seasons with four interceptions, 58 tackles (55 solo) and 20 passes broken up.

    He was Green Bay's best defender last year and Sherman could have kept him beyond the Oct. 19 trade deadline to get one more year out of him. But McKenzie had become even more of a loner in the locker room and Sherman decided to cut ties now.

    How are the Packers (1-3) better off without their best cover cornerback?

    ``Well, I just think from having things cleaned up,'' Sherman said. ``As I said, from the outside in, the focus that's been put on that, everything that Mike did or didn't do was well-documented every day. And we don't have to deal with that anymore.''
    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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    McKenzie, who is earning $2.75 million this year in the middle season of a five-year, $17.1 million deal he signed in January 2002, became upset when several cornerbacks of lesser talent surpassed him in compensation this offseason.
    This is the kind of stuff that just makes me sick. (Sniffle) Poor little guy can't possibly live off of $17.1 million over 5 years. I mean, he's got mouths to feed (sniffle, light sob).

    2003 stats
    He comes off one of his most productive seasons with four interceptions, 58 tackles (55 solo) and 20 passes broken up
    Aeneas Williams --- 59 tackles (47 solo) and 4 Int --- $3,003,100
    Jerametrius Butler --- 63 tackles (54 solo) and 4 Int --- $393,400
    Adam Archuleta --- 72 tackles (59 solo) and 1 Int --- $409,000
    Travis Fisher --- 56 tackles (49 solo) and 4 Int --- $304,800

    Yea, it must really suck being SO underpaid like you, Mike.
    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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    • #3
      Re: McKenzie gets his trade

      Wow, that's rediculous if he was making that kind of money and this is all about the fact that some other CB's are making more? What a joke. I mean, every year inflation means that guys are getting richer deals that you signed the year or two before...

      Unfortunately also that he's a good CB and WE could use a good one. Just not him.

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      • #4
        Re: McKenzie gets his trade

        Agree that some atheletes are extremely over paid but, i do like our cb's,give them time!

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        • #5
          Re: McKenzie gets his trade

          Have to admit, I'm glad we got our game against the Saints out of the way. McKenzie won't vastly improve that defense, but he is a solid corner who could cause some trouble.

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          • #6
            Re: McKenzie gets his trade

            As much as I think getting a disgruntled player is bound to result in similar behavior (why someone would marry a cheater in the 1st place and then be surprised when they cheat on them later on is a mystery to me), if I were the FO, I might have looked into bolstering the Rams secondary the first chance I got and checking out McKenzie would have been part of that process.

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              "I've said time and time again over the last couple of months" that McKenzie would be welcomed back, Sherman said in a phone interview.

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