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Favre's agent douses rumors that QB plans to return to Packers

Nothing official yet, and it may be a while before Brett Favre decides whether to return to the Green Bay Packers in 2006. Though rumors have swirled in recent days that the quarterback will soon announce his decision to return and play football for another season in Green Bay, his agent now says those are nothing but rumors.

James "Bus" Cook, told ESPN's Chris Mortensen on Wednesday that the quarterback has yet to decide whether he will play for the Packers next season or retire.

However, Cook did confirm that Favre and the Packers had agreed to a second extension on the deadline for the $3 million roster bonus Favre is due. The bonus deadline was originally extended by a week to March 20. Now, according to Cook, it has been extended until the first week of April.

Under terms of the contract, Favre would become an unrestricted free agent if the Packers do not pay the bonus. But the sides have had an understanding that the payment deadline would be pushed back if Favre needed more time to decide on his future.

ESPN earlier this week hinted that Favre is on his way back to the Pack. Today, cited a source that said the quarterback has informed the team that he'll be returning for the 2006 season.

Stay tuned.

Craig Nall's decision to sign with the Buffalo Bills appeared to be an indication that Favre is returning for his 16th NFL season. Of course, Nall's decision probably was helped by the fact that he received a $1.3 million signing bonus as part of the three-year deal and will have a chance to compete for the starting job with the Bills.

If Favre returns, don't expect the Packers to select a quarterback with the fifth overall pick of the NFL draft. If he retires, the Packers may have to strongly consider selecting a quarterback.

The bottom line
Fullback William Henderson's two-year deal is worth $2.09 million, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The deal contains no signing bonus but does have $250,000 roster and $105,720 workout bonuses this year. He has minimum base salaries of $810,000 in '06 and $820,000 in '07.

Ryan Pickett, who was signed to replace Grady Jackson last Wednesday, received a four-year, $14 million contract. It contained a signing bonus of $2 million, a roster bonus of $3 million this year, base salaries of $1.475 million in '06 and '07, $2.475 million in '08 and $2.975 million in '09, and workout bonuses of $25,000 each year.

Nall's $4.27 million deal with the Bills includes base salaries of $600,000 in 2006, $1.1 million in '07 and $1.25 million in '08. The contract also is loaded with incentives. For example, passing for 2,750 yards would be worth $500,000. Also, passing for 25 touchdowns would be worth another $500,000, according to a report.

Wide receiver Rod Gardner received a $100,000 signing bonus as part of his one-year contract worth $855,720. The contract contains a $700,000 base salary and a $55,720 workout bonus.

Wide receiver Antonio Chatman's two-year contract in Cincinnati is worth about $1.5 million, but could increase to $2 million with incentives. Chatman will get about $250,000 this year in signing and workout bonuses, according to reports.

Charges against Green dropped
A misdemeanor domestic-abuse charge against Packers running back Ahman Green was dropped on Tuesday. Green was arrested last April after an argument with his wife.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge but in August signed a continuance agreement, which called for dismissal if he got counseling, performed community service and stayed out of trouble. However, Green's lawyers last month rejected the deal and asked that the case go to trial. Green and his wife, Heather, have reconciled.

Jackson to visit Falcons
Defensive tackle Grady Jackson is expected to meet with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, according to reports. It is his first first during the free agency period.

Jackson played for Falcons defensive coordinator Ed Donatell, who was Green Bay's defensive coordinator in 2003.

Jackson, 33, said that other teams interested in him are Cincinnati, St. Louis and the New York Giants. The Packers decided to sign 26-year-old defensive tackle Ryan Pickett, who played the last five seasons with the St. Louis Rams, ahead of Jackson.

Jackson is seeking a deal similar to the one La'Roi Glover signed with the St. Louis Rams earlier this month. Glover, 31, reportedly signed a three-year, $12 million contract that included a $3.5 million signing bonus. To replace the 32-year-old Jackson, the Packers signed Pickett away from the Rams with a four-year, $14 million contract that included $5 million in bonuses.

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