The Green Bay Packers have reported to training camp today, even though the first practice is not until Monday. Players were supposed to report by 7:30 a.m., but Brett Favre was not among them.
In a story released on Sports Illustrated's website, Favre said that he "had planned on reporting for the start of Packers training camp Sunday, but Ted Thompson asked if I would give him a couple of days to try to get the situation resolved. I agreed to do that. I don't want to be a distraction to the Packers, and I hope in the next few days we can come to an agreement that would allow me to continue playing football.''
The news that Favre did not report comes at a time when it was previously thought that he would be in camp like everyone else. Thompson and Favre presumably talked since that time.
While a trade is looking more and more plausible, reports out of New Jersey say that a deal between the Jets and the Packers isn't likely.
Dave Hutchinson of the New Jersey Star-Ledger wrote that, "according to someone with knowledge of the talks between Jets', Packers', and Favre's representatives, any chance of a deal between the Packers and Jets is 'very remote.'"
The continuing saga of Brett Favre moves so fast that this is almost old news.
Mike McCarthy addressed the media in a usual pre-training camp press conference to talk about the team. As expected, the talk centered almost exclusively around Favre.
In the presser, McCarthy divulged no new information but reconfirmed the team's commitment to Aaron Rodgers several times.
And as for tampering charges, Favre spoke about the issue with Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Favre openly admitted to speaking to both Vikings offensive coordinator and friend Darrell Bevell and head coach Brad Childress, but denied anything that would involve tampering. Favre said that "they [the Vikings] absolutely did not entice me to come to Minnesota.''
That's where the issue stands right now. With Favre not reporting to camp, and Thompson asking to give him some time, the only outcome to the situation could be a trade within the next week.
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