Favre bonus put on hold

Deadline has little bearing on quarterback's decision to return

Quarterback Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers have agreed to delay the deadline for the $3 million roster bonus he was scheduled to receive, according to reports. Favre is expected to inform the Packers whether he wants to return to play football next season by the end of this month.

The bonus reportedly includes an "earn date" and "pay date", which is not scheduled until the start of the regular season. So, Favre will not be paid the bonus until the start of the season, some time in September. Thus, the roster bonus that some have speculated is tied to Favre's much-anticipated decision about whether to play or retire will have no bearing on the quarterback's decision.

Favre's bonus originally was due on the fifth day of the league year, which has passed.

"He's got to play to get that (bonus)," James "Bus" Cook told the Green Bay Press-Gazette, "so it doesn't really matter."

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