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Favre a no-show at Packer camp

Jets, Buccaneers seen as suitors

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Associated Press / July 28, 2008

Brett Favre didn't report to the Green Bay Packers' training camp yesterday, temporarily easing tensions in the three-time MVP's ongoing standoff with the team.

Favre told si.com that Packers general manager Ted Thompson had asked him for "a couple of days" to resolve the situation.

"I agreed to do that," Favre told the site. "I don't want to be a distraction to the Packers, and I hope in the next few days we can come to an agreement that would allow me to continue playing football."

That agreement, presumably, would be a trade. The New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have emerged as potential trade partners for the Packers, and Favre told si.com that he would consider a trade to any team.

Running back Ryan Grant - an exclusive-rights free agent who has refused to sign a tender offer and is pursuing a long-term deal - also did not report.

To report to camp, Favre first would have to file for reinstatement with the league and have his request approved by commissioner Roger Goodell. Then he'd have to pass a team physical. Favre has signed his letter seeking reinstatement but may not send it to the NFL until today or tomorrow, ESPN.com reported.

The Packers were willing to take Favre back as recently as late March, several weeks after he retired. But after Favre led team officials to believe he was ready to return, only to change his mind again and stay retired, the team made a firm commitment to moving forward.

Hester hits pay dirt
Kick returner Devin Hester signed a new four-year contract with the Chicago Bears. Hester skipped the first two days of training camp because he wanted to renegotiate his contract, which had two years left. Hester returned to camp Friday, saying there was progress in the negotiations. The deal is worth at least $30 million, and $15 million is guaranteed, ESPN.com reported.

Samuel day-to-day
Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro cornerback Asante Samuel is day-to-day with a mild right hamstring strain. Samuel, who signed a six-year, $57 million contract with the Eagles after spending his first five seasons with the Patriots, was hurt Saturday while working in 7-on-7 drills during the team's first practice in full pads this summer. He missed time during the team's workouts last month with a strained left hamstring.

Weighty issue
Pro Bowl nose tackle Casey Hampton was placed on the physically unable to perform list after reporting to training camp overweight and failing to complete the Steelers' annual run test. Hampton, listed at 325 pounds but apparently much heavier, lagged 30 yards behind defensive end Brett Keisel during one of eight 100-yard sprints. Hampton completed only five. Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver Limas Sweed, a second-round pick, signed a four-year contract, putting all the Steelers' draft picks under contract as camp started . . . Receiver Chad Johnson reported to the Cincinnati Bengals training camp as promised. The Pro Bowl receiver tried to get the team to trade him in the offseason, but the Bengals refused. The only absence was linebacker Keith Rivers, chosen with the ninth overall pick. . . . Defensive tackle DeMario Pressley, who fractured his right foot in practice Saturday, was placed on injured reserve by the New Orleans Saints, forcing the fifth-round draft pick to miss his rookie season.

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