Packers bid farewell to McKenzie, Wied

It's been an interesting day in the Green Bay Packers' front office. While players enjoy a three-day weekend, the franchise bid farewell to a pair of long-time executives.

We already noted that Reggie McKenzie, a Packers talent evaluator since 1994 and most recently their director of football operations, would be hired as the Oakland Raiders' general manager. The Raiders and Packers confirmed the move Friday afternoon, and it appears that McKenzie will begin his new job immediately.

Whether McKenzie brings anyone else from the Packers' front office or coaching staff remains to be seen. There has been some speculation that assistant director of player personnel Eliot Wolf could go with McKenzie, but Bob McGinn of the Milwauke Journal Sentinel reports the Packers are likely to promote Wolf to the lead position of their pro personnel department.

Meanwhile, the resignation of Jason Wied -- the Packers' vice president of administration/general counsel -- was announced in the most startling news release I think I've seen. Wied, who has been with the Packers since 2000, revealed that he took a leave of absence Nov. 7 in order to enter a treatment facility for dependency on an herbal remedy he tried for sleep apnea and insomnia.

"While there," Wied said in the statement, "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."

Among other things, Wied had taken a lead role in the Packers' efforts current efforts to expand Lambeau Field and the stadium complex through purchases of adjoining land. There was no immediate word on how the Packers would replace him.