It's the same old off-season for the Frequent Flier.

Tim McKyer - who earned the nickname after playing for eight different teams the past nine seasons - once again found himself without a job as NFL teams opened their training camps.Never mind that McKyer was a productive player last season for the Super Bowl XXXII champion Denver Broncos. Or that NFL teams are so desperate for quality cornerbacks that retreads such as Larry Brown and Donnell Woolford were signed in the off-season.

McKyer knows he still suffers from a reputation as a malcontent from earlier in his career, even though he hasn't caused any media controversy in years. And the situation bugs him because even at age 34, there is no reason why McKyer shouldn't be on an NFL roster.

"This is killing my family," McKyer said from his Charlotte, N.C., home, where he lives with his wife, Fontella, and two children. "I can deal with it, but my wife looks at this and looks at Larry Brown signing with someone. She ain't stupid.

"All these NFL teams are looking for corners, but nobody is looking at me. It's not like I can't play. It hasn't happened on the field yet."

McKyer might not be the same player who made 26 interceptions in his first six seasons, but he proved himself a valuable contributor last season in Denver.

Signed after both Tory James and Selwyn Jones suffered season-ending knee injuries, McKyer worked as Denver's nickel back for the first half of the season and contributed on special teams throughout the year. McKyer recovered a fumble by Green Bay kick returner Anthony Freeman late in the third quarter of Denver's 31-24 victory in Super Bowl XXXII.

McKyer also never complained about his playing time or said anything to aggravate the Broncos coaching staff, which was a pleasant change from his younger days. McKyer still loves to talk, but not to the extent he did a few years ago.

Despite having All-Pro talent, McKyer blabbed enough in San Francisco and Miami that he was traded twice in his first five seasons. Since 1992, McKyer has spent each year with a different team.

The Broncos weren't interested in signing McKyer again with James expected to make a full recovery and Darrius Johnson emerging as a solid corner.

"They wanted to go with young players," said McKyer, who won his third Super Bowl ring with the Broncos. "I'm not surprised because they all do the same things to Tim McKyer. I can come in somewhere and be a hard worker and make plays and challenge the players.

"It was disappointing as hell not coming back to Denver. I love playing there. The way they practice and treat veteran players is the perfect atmosphere for a person like me. Maybe I was not invited to training camp because I'd show up their starters."

The good news for McKyer is that he probably will be signed sometime before the start of the regular season. If a team needs cornerback depth because of injury, McKyer is one of the top available players at the position.

Until then, McKyer isn't doing any more flying.