Report: Favre demanded trade

FoxSports.com says quarterback's agent phoned Thompson seeking to be dealt

FoxSports.com Sunday reported that several anonymous Green Bay Packers and league sources said that Brett Favre's agent called Packers general manager Ted Thompson to request a trade a few days after the April 28-29 NFL draft.

The report says that Favre's agent, Bus Cook, phoned Thompson and explained how his client was fed up with the organization and wanted out. According to the report, Packers coach Mike McCarthy later called the quarterback and was able to calm his anger, getting Favre to admit that he didn't really want to play elsewhere.

Thompson responded to the report Sunday through the team's web site. Thompson said he would not address the specifics of the report but understood the frustration Favre vented in interviews over the weekend. Thompson indicated that Favre and the Packers organization hold many of the same goals.

"I think it's natural for a player to be frustrated from time to time -- that's simply being human," Thompson said. "Everyone knows that Brett Favre is all about winning. As an organization, we share that commitment. And we want to win now." The Packers' mandatory minicamp begins Friday in Green Bay. Favre is not expected to participate in the practices due to off-season ankle surgery, but is expected to be present at the camp, according to McCarthy.

Favre didn't mention anything about wanting a trade in interviews he conducted during his annual charity golf tournament in Tunica, Miss. on Saturday. But he did make it clear that he believed the Packers passed on a chance to make "a steal" of a deal for Moss, who instead was traded from Oakland to New England on April 29.

"He was going to wipe his contract clean and sign for $3 million guaranteed, plus a fourth-round draft pick. That would have been a steal," Favre told the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun-Herald. "But we were not willing to guarantee part of that $3 million. I even had (Cook) call up there and tell them I would give up part of my salary to guarantee that part of the money. Apparently that wasn't enough either."

Favre said he has faith in the team's desire to win, but wonders whether the Packers won't become a contender again until after he retires. Green Bay improved from 4-12 in 2005 to 8-8 last season, but hasn't made any major additions through free agency.

"I don't know if I've lost faith, and I think everyone in the organization wants to win," Favre told the paper. "I just don't know if it includes me. If it's going to be five years from now, I'm not going to be here. This is 17 years for me and I want to win."

Thompson said he is optimistic about the team's chances to win right away. The Packers have locked up several of their own key defensive players to long-term deals this off-season, including cornerback Al Harris, linebacker Nick Barnett and defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins.

"We feel like we've had a great off-season program -- our guys are getting bigger and stronger -- and we'll improve from within," Thompson said. "We're also excited about the players we've added through the draft and what those players will bring to our team."


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