The legend has landed

Thompson addresses competition between Favre, Rodgers; long snapper Gafford released to make room for Grant

As Brett Favre landed in Green Bay tonight to re-join the Green Bay Packers on Monday, Packers general manager Ted Thompson addressed the possible scenario of a quarterback competition between Favre and Aaron Rodgers in traning camp.

Thompson told Fox 11 television in Green Bay that Mike McCarthy will meet with Favre Monday morning at Lambeau Field to discuss the current situation. Favre is expected to be reinstated by the NFL on Monday. The Packers will then have until 3 p.m. (CT) to add him to the current 80-man roster.

"Since Brett's retirement and subsequent things that happened during the spring we were asked to move forward at the quarterback position," Thompson told Fox 11 on Sunday evening. "We've tried to do that, but things are a little different than they were back in February and early March. We'll see, but we haven't gotten there in terms of what role that will be. Mike is going to be meeting with Brett tomorrow and the quarterbacks in general, then meeting with the team. At some point, we'll determine which way we're going."

The Packers will either have to place Favre on the roster, trade him or release him. The legendary quarterback and his wife, Deanna, were met by a boisterous crowd at Green Bay's Austin Straubel Airport about 8 p.m. (CT). Favre proceeded to his home in Green Bay, but Deanna was later seen on TV in Favre's luxury box at Lambeau Field. It was unknown if Favre was at the intra-squad scrimmage or if he stayed at his home.

Roster move
In order to make room on the 80-man roster for running back Ryan Grant, the Green Bay Packers today released long snapper Thomas Gafford.

Grant, who rushed for 956 yards and eight touchdowns last season with the Packers, signed a four-year contract with the Packers on Saturday. Grant had five 100-yard games in 2007.

Gafford has been competing with rookie free agent J.J. Jansen in training camp for the right to replace the retired Rob Davis. Gafford was in Green Bay's training camp in 2006 before he was released. He was in Seattle's training camp last year, but was released and was out of football.

Jansen was signed as a rookie free agent out of Notre Dame after April's NFL draft by the Packers. He became the long snapper for the Irish midway through his sophomore season, appearing in the final 32 games of his career. He made eight career tackles as a member of the punt coverage unit.

The Packers will have to make another roster move by 3 p.m. (CT) on Monday in order to make room on their roster for Favre, who is expected to be reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

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