Favre 70-30 on returning

USA Today reports quarterback will come back in 2006

New Packers coach Mike McCarthy reportedly plans to meet soon with Brett Favre. Packers insiders believe Favre is 70-30 leaning toward returning, but he won't make a decision until after Feb. 15, according to a report in USA Today.

McCarthy plans to meet with Favre after he is finished scouting players and seeking assistant coaches for his staff at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. A report earlier this week said that McCarthy will drive to Hattiesburg, Miss., where Favre resides in the off-season.

Favre has a $10 million salary cap number for 2006, and his retirement would accelerate $2.4 million of unamortized signing bonus into the cap. But his departure would create a net gain of $7.6 million in cap room because his $7 million base salary and $3 million roster bonus would be wiped off the books.

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