- The Washington Times - Friday, August 1, 2008

HATTIESBURG, Miss. | Brett Favre’s agent says the three-time MVP understands he would be walking into a media frenzy by showing up for the Green Bay Packers‘ training camp, but he’s willing to deal with that rather than have retirement forced on him.

“He’s prepared to deal with it,” James “Bus” Cook told the Associated Press on Thursday. “He’s ready to go back, but he can’t go back until the commissioner reinstates him.”

That didn’t happen Thursday. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is giving the Packers and Favre at least one more day to resolve their standoff before granting the quarterback his reinstatement.

“The Packers and Brett Favre are continuing their discussions,” league officials said in a statement. “The commissioner preferred to let those discussions continue rather than act on the reinstatement petition today.”

Once Favre is reinstated, the Packers will have 24 hours to decide whether to cut him or restore him to their active roster. By not acting, Goodell decreased the chances Favre would be present at Packers training camp Friday.

Cook said Favre still wants to be released, something the Packers have ruled out.

“If he was given his release, there’s no guarantee he’d go anywhere to play,” Cook said. “However, he’d have the freedom to choose if he should decide to play.”

Favre also could be traded - apparently even to a division rival.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Packers officials have had internal discussions about trading Favre to the Minnesota Vikings or Chicago Bears as a “last resort” to resolve the smoldering controversy.

“That’s news to me,” Vikings coach Brad Childress said. “Whatever you’re hearing, I’m not hearing.”

General manager Ted Thompson and other Packers officials did not immediately return telephone messages left by The Associated Press, but have said they and the team committed to moving forward after Favre retired in March. The Packers did not have a public practice or media availability Thursday.

As recently as Monday, there appeared to be no way the Packers would give Favre what they suspect he’s wanted all along: A one-way ticket to Minnesota. Thompson said earlier this week that he would not consider trading Favre to one of Green Bay’s NFC North Division rivals.

But with Favre poised for reinstatement and potentially ready to turn training camp into a circus, team officials might be willing to do just about anything. There were multiple reports Wednesday night that the team had offered to pay Favre up to $20 million to stay retired.

Favre, who retired in March, filed a letter Tuesday requesting reinstatement from Goodell. The commissioner has waited to approve the request in hopes that Favre and the Packers could work out a resolution.

But that hasn’t happened yet, even after team president and CEO Mark Murphy traveled to Mississippi on Wednesday to meet with Favre and Cook. The Packers hold Favre’s rights until his current contract expires after the 2010 season.

It is widely believed Favre would be willing to play for the Vikings. In filing tampering charges with the NFL against the Vikings two weeks ago, Packers officials expressed a belief that Vikings coaches had inappropriate contact with Favre - and interest from the Vikings was the main reason behind Favre’s last-minute desire to return.



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