NFL Network's Adam Schefter on Friday morning reported that retired quarterback Brett Favre was expected to fax his reinstatement letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday and be in Green Bay for the start of training camp. But, a source in the NFL office told Packer Report that Favre had not filed his paperwork by the close of business on Friday.
With the league office closed for the weekend, Favre almost certainly will not be at practice when training camp opens on Monday morning.
Meanwhile, trade talks have picked up, with ESPN reporting the Packers are asking for a first-round draft pick for the 38-year-old quarterback.
According to Schefter and other reports, Favre informed general manager Ted Thompson of his plan earlier this week. The conversation was defined as cordial, and according to Schefter, the Packers "recognize that they are a better team" with Favre.
Thompson addressed the team's rift with Favre during Thursday's shareholders meeting.
"We are a family here," Thompson said in regard to the Favre controversy. "Families sometimes disagree, but they remain family."
The Packers had no comment on the developments, and Thompson was not made available to reporters. Coach Mike McCarthy will hold his pre-training camp news conference at noon Saturday, with the players moving into their dorms at St. Norbert College in De Pere on Saturday, as well.
It remains to be seen if Favre is coming to training camp to compete with Aaron Rodgers or to force the Packers' hand — or whether he'll show up at all.
During his Fox News interview with Greta Van Susteren, Favre was asked if he'd be willing to compete with Rodgers for the starting position. Favre's one-word reply spoke volumes: "Why?"
Perhaps Favre has changed his stance. Or maybe Thompson has changed his stance that Rodgers is the new starting quarterback, though team President Mark Murphy on Thursday said Favre would have a "different role" if he showed up at camp. Or perhaps he figures he can force his way out of Green Bay by causing such a huge distraction with his presence.
Finally filing for reinstatement would at least improve interest on the trade market. Reportedly, the Buccaneers and Jets have been given permission by the Packers to talk to Favre. It's hard to imagine any team yielding a first-round pick for a player who will turn 39 in October and retired because he said he wasn't able to give 100 percent of himself to the game.
Jets tight end Bubba Franks, a longtime teammate of Favre's in Green Bay — said he had not talked to Favre.
"He had a great year last year," Franks said. "I'm surprised to see him retire, but that's the way he felt at the time."
Tampa Bay is the most likely destination for Favre according to the rumor mill because of Favre's connection with coach Jon Gruden. Plus, the Bucs run a version of the West Coast offense. But Gruden downplayed the rumors in a news conference with reporters.
"I'm never going to be a guy who puts his foot down and says we're going to do this. But as I sit here today, Jeff Garcia is our quarterback," Gruden said. "I don't know what Green Bay is doing; I don't know what Brett Favre is doing and my cell phone proves that.
"You're talking about one of the great quarterbacks, and last time I checked he was a Green Bay Packer. And he probably will be to the end of his career."