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Brett Favre's agent says the three-time MVP understands he would be walking into a media frenzy by showing up for the Green Bay Packers' training camp, but he's willing to deal with that rather than have retirement forced on him.
"He's prepared to deal with it," James "Bus" Cook said yesterday. "He's ready to go back, but he can't go back until the commissioner reinstates him."
That didn't happen yesterday. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is giving the Packers and Favre at least one more day to resolve their standoff before granting the quarterback his reinstatement.
"The Packers and Brett Favre are continuing their discussions," the league said in a statement. "The commissioner preferred to let those discussions continue rather than act on the reinstatement petition."
Meanwhile, two potential solutions reportedly were emerging late last night.
The Wisconsin State Journal and ESPN reported Favre is considering a 10-year, $20 million marketing and licensing deal offer from the Packers - and staying retired. And the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported the Packers and Cook were in "serious" discussions with the Jets about a trade.
The State Journal report said the Packers' deal, which was reported by multiple media outlets after team president and CEO Mark Murphy met with Favre and Cook in Mississippi Wednesday, went on the table soon after Favre retired in March and wasn't a last-ditch attempt to pay Favre to stay away from training camp.
Once Favre is reinstated, the Packers will have 24 hours to decide whether to cut him or restore him to their active roster. By not acting yesterday, Goodell decreased the chances Favre would be present at Packers training camp today.
Cook said Favre still wants to be released, something the Packers have ruled out.
"If he was given his release, there's no guarantee he'd go anywhere to play," Cook said. "However, he'd have the freedom to choose if he should decide to play."
Favre also could be traded - apparently even to a division rival.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Packers officials have had internal discussions about trading Favre to the Minnesota Vikings or Chicago Bears as a "last resort" to resolve the smoldering controversy.
"That's news to me," Vikings coach Brad Childress said. "Whatever you're hearing, I'm not hearing."
General manager Ted Thompson and other Packers officials have said they and the team committed to moving forward after Favre retired in March.
It is widely believed Favre would be willing to play for the Vikings. In filing tampering charges with the NFL against the Vikings two weeks ago, Packers officials expressed a belief that Vikings coaches had inappropriate contact with Favre - and interest from the Vikings was the main reason behind Favre's last-minute desire to return.
Favre isn't believed to have much interest in playing for Chicago.