Notebook: Favre's back in the news

Brett Favre is a free man after the Jets released him on Tuesday night; draft picks have their numbers; another UDFA signed.

If Brett Favre still has the "itch" to "stick it" to Ted Thompson, the door has been opened.

The New York Jets released the future Hall of Fame quarterback from their reserved/retired list on Tuesday night. Favre, 39, retired on Feb. 11 after one season in New York. He maintains he has no interest in coming out of retirement.

"Nothing has changed," Favre said in a statement. "At this time, I am retired and have no intention of returning to football."

Notice the preface "at this time." Plus, it's interesting to note that Favre was the one who requested his released. Why would a retired football player to do that? Oh, and there's the deep bitterness Favre holds toward the Packers' general manager.

It is widely known that Favre wanted to play for the Minnesota Vikings last year. As part of the Packers' trade with the Jets, the Jets couldn't trade Favre to an NFC North team without giving Green Bay three first-round draft picks.

Now, Favre is free to sign anywhere.

And Minnesota, in case you've forgotten, has Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson as its quarterbacks.

Let the speculation and drama begin.

Numbers game

In case you were waiting to get your B.J. Raji or Clay Matthews III jersey, your wait is over.

The Packers have the draft picks listed on the team Web site. Nose tackle Raji will wear the No. 90 he donned at Boston College. Outside linebacker Matthews will wear No. 52.

The other draft picks: offensive lineman T.J. Lang, No. 70; fullback Quinn Johnson, No. 45; offensive lineman Jamon Meredith, No. 69; defensive end Jarius Wynn, No. 94; cornerback Brandon Underwood, No. 33; and linebacker Brad Jones, No. 59.

Undrafted Obiozor signs

Undrafted free agent Cyril Obiozor signed with the Packers on Tuesday.

Obiozor was a two-year starter at Texas A&M — including 2008 under Mike Sherman — with size and athletic ability. He started all 13 games as a junior, leading the Aggies in sacks (3.5) and tackles for loss (nine). As a senior, he started all 12 games, with three sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss.

Obiozor had a predraft visit with the Packers, and Packer Report caught up to him a few days later.

"It's definitely a strength of mine," Obiozor said of his pass-rushing abilities. "I'm more effective on the edge where I'm isolated against an offensive tackle."

Obiozor played 4-3 defensive end for the Aggies but, at 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, he said the Packers projected him as an outside linebacker. He says he dropped into coverage on occasion, so he's not totally unfamiliar with the coverage skills required of a linebacker.

While he was not invited to the Scouting Combine, the Packers certainly took notice of Obiozor's performance at the Aggies' pro day in early March. With scout Alonzo Highsmith in attendance, Obiozor ran his 40-yard dash in 4.71 seconds, with a 39.5-inch vertical leap and 25 reps on the 225-pound bench press.

"I would give a team a lot of versatility, a lot of value," Obiozor said. "I'm not just a guy that goes out there on defense. Downs one, two and three, I can help on special teams. I can be useful in a lot of ways."

Plus, according to Iowa State, linebacker Michael Bibbs has signed a free-agent contract. Bibbs (6-1, 234) had one sack, two forced fumbles and two interceptions in 19 games over two seasons after playing at a junior college.


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