With a whirlwind of speculation on Brett Favre on Friday, Brett Favre may be holding steady on where he wants to play.
Just as it appeared the Brett Favre
saga was at a stalemate, the soap opera took another twist Friday. It was learned that Favre has informed the Packers he will show up for the start of Green Bay training camp Sunday, but it was also reported that the Packers have given the Jets and Bucs permission to seek a deal with the veteran QB.
There had been talk that Favre wouldn't seek reinstatement immediately if it became clear that the Packers intended to start the season with Aaron Rodgers
as their starter. A day after officially announcing that the Favre jersey retirement ceremony scheduled for the regular-season opener against the Vikings had been cancelled, the wheels began moving on the future Hall of Fame QB being allowed to have his agent and New York work out a deal in which Favre would get paid and the Packers would get a draft pick in return. Favre asked for and received clearance from the commissioner's office to "un-retire," although papers hadn't been officially filed Saturday morning, and was almost immediately put back on active status as a player.
While the Vikings have remained silent on the matter, there has been no rumor-mill mongering that he could somehow end up in purple – a prospect that has been downplayed consistently – both before and since tampering charges were alleged by the Green Bay front office types.
As of now, Favre remains the property of the Packers and will call the team's bluff by showing up for training camp Sunday and force the team's hand – one way or another – on where it will stand on his status with the team.
Saturday morning, ESPN's Chris Mortenson said in a radio interview that Favre hasn't reciprocated the Bucs' and Jets' interest in him.
Adrian Peterson has had a lot of distractions in the off-season as one of the most marketable young stars in the league, but it didn't look like it Friday. He made some impressive plays throughout practice and, just about every time he did, the crowd of fans watching practice responded.
Peterson practiced without the knee brace that became standard issue for him following his knee injury last year.
Pat Williams only took part in individual drills during the first practices. After the Pro Bowl, Williams had elbow surgery and is wearing a big brace over his left elbow.
Ray Edwards worked out individually Friday as he starts training camp on the physically unable to perform list. He has been suffering back problems for much of the summer workout program and it flared up again while working out before the start of training camp.
Thanks to rain in the morning session, the first day of camp for the Vikings didn't go as scheduled. A thunderstorm hit at 9 a.m. – the scheduled start time for the morning practice – and forced a delay. As a result of the schedule being pushed back, the afternoon practice was cut short. Supposed to run from 3-5 p.m., the practice didn't get started until 3:30 and wasn't extended past 5 p.m.
The afternoon practice being cut short didn't hurt anyone's feelings since it was muggy and humid all afternoon.
What a difference a couple of years can make in the NFL. Two years ago, LaMont Jordan was viewed as one of the most versatile running backs in the league, adept at both rushing and receiver. Two years later, unable to trade him to another team because of his large contract, the Raiders released Jordan. Oakland took RB Darren McFadden in the first round of this year's draft.
The Jaguars signed former Viking WR Ryan Hoag Friday.
Former Vikings backup QB Shaun Hill split the snaps at the first day of 49ers training camp with incumbent starter Alex Smith. San Francisco has two former Vikings expected to make the roster at QB – Hill and J.T. O'Sullivan.