‘As the Packer Turns' Continues

Darren Sharper dubbed the Brett Favre soap opera as ‘As the Packer Turns.' The story continued to develop with all the interesting subplots of a daytime drama on Wednesday.

Just when everyone was writing off the chances of Brett Favre ending up in a Vikings uniform, it now looks as though that might still be a possibility.

A story in this morning's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal cites a source that says the reason for Packers President Mark Murphy going to Hattiesburg, Miss., was to offer Favre $20 million over the next 10 years if he agreed to stay retired. Favre apparently didn't have any interest in that proposal. It was also reported that Favre has shown little interest in either the Jets or Buccaneers as a potential landing spot, although the Packers have had talks with both teams as recently as this week.

While there have been many conflicting reports on this issue, the Packers remain firm that they won't simply release Favre. If they have to, they will trade him to Minnesota or Chicago before they simply let him go with nothing in return.

Murphy reportedly met with Favre and agent Bus Cook for eight hours Wednesday, but made little headway in getting a deal done. Favre has allegedly refused to talk to the Jets and also hasn't shown much interest in playing for Tampa Bay.

Today will be an important day in the saga. With the Packers having an off-day from practice Thursday, everything should come to a head Friday. Favre has been reinstated and, if he reports, the Packers must either accept him in training camp or release him.

Just when you thought this story was over, it gets interesting once again and the chances of Favre ending up in purple remain very much alive.

THURSDAY NOTES

  • The Vikings head to River Falls, Wis., today for a combined practice with the Kansas City Chiefs. For Jared Allen, it will be the first time that he has a chance to go against his former teammates, but he has reiterated through training camp that he has no bad blood for his former teammates – it was the front office with which he had issue.

  • Bobby Wade returned to practice Wednesday morning after re-aggravating his surgically repaired left knee, but sat out the afternoon practice.

  • As reported earlier this week when he was sighted on the practice field working out with a blocking sled, Ray Edwards was removed from the physically unable to perform list and practiced for the first time Wednesday.

  • Garrett Mills continues to be sidelined with a knee injury and DT Kenderick Allen missed practice with a leg injury.

  • The recent history between the Vikings and Chiefs has formed some mutual interest in each other's players. The Vikings became intimately familiar with Allen during the shared practices with the Chiefs in recent years, and don't forget that the Vikings tried to sneak Tyler Thigpen on to their practice squad last year, only to have the Chiefs claim him and make him their No. 3 QB last year.

  • Former Pittsburgh wide receiver Cedrick Wilson has accepted a position as the offensive coordinator of Douglass High School in Memphis. While it seems like a big fall from being the Steelers' No. 3 receiver a year ago, there is some precedent. Former Vikings QB Todd Bouman had a similar position with Buffalo (Minn.) High School before getting the call from Jacksonville to return to the NFL.

  • On the initial depth chart for the Chiefs, LB Pat Thomas is currently working with the first team ahead of former Viking and 2007 starter Napoleon Harris.

  • Former Viking guard Chris Liwienski is getting a workout with Jacksonville, where he has an ally in assistant head coach Mike Tice.

  • A week after most teams have started training camp, only two first-round picks – DE Derrick Harvey of Jacksonville and LB Keith Rivers of Cincinnati – remain out of action with contract disagreements.

  • Randy Moss continues to wow coaches and fans at Patriots training camp, making spectacular catches look almost routine.


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