Franks, Packers talk contract

Forget the rumors. The Green Bay Packers' Pro Bowl tight end is a happy camper. And he could be even happier soon.

Responding to a national report that said he was unhappy that the Packers had given wide receiver Robert Ferguson a five-year contract but hadn't extended his contract, Bubba Franks on Monday said he's not miffed at the team and in fact may be signing a new contract in the coming weeks.

"I'm not that type of guy," Franks told reporters. "I don't know where they got the source from. No one actually talked to me about it. To be selfish about your own teammates ... that makes me mad that somebody would say I'm selfish. I'm not that type of guy.

"‘Ferg' is one of my best friends on the team. Why would I get mad because of something he resolved with his contract?"

Green Bay's first-round pick in 2000, Franks is playing the last year of his contract. An above-average blocker and a dangerous receiver in the red zone, Franks had statistically the worst season of his career last year with 30 catches for 241 yards and four touchdowns. In his Pro Bowl seasons of 2001 and 2002, Franks averaged eight touchdowns. Still, Franks said his agent has been in contact with the Packers.

"I already have word that we're trying to get this resolved as soon as possible," Franks said. "So far, it's looking good. There shouldn't be any distractions (during the season), and I hope there won't be."

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