The Packers' proposed $20 million marketing deal for Brett Favre included a merchandise line, autographs, personal appearances, and even a blog, according to a report in The Sporting News' online newsletter yesterday.
And while Favre turned down the deal in favor of returning to play and was traded to the New York Jets last week, the Packers are expected to offer him a similar agreement once he retires for good.
"We do want to have a long-term relationship with Brett," Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy said in a news conference after Favre was traded last week. "He will always be a Packer and he's very important to this organization."
The Packers began putting together a marketing deal for Favre soon after he announced his retirement in March. They are expected to revisit the idea once Favre really retires.
"He's a Green Bay Packer," coach Mike McCarthy said. "He wants to come back here, he wants to be welcome back here."
Photo finishJohn Vaughn
, filling in for All-Pro Rob Bironas
, kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired last night to lift the Titans to a 17-16 victory over the Raiders in an exhibition game in Nashville. Darren McFadden
, the first running back taken in April's draft at No. 4 by Oakland, ran six times for 44 yards. His 26-yard run in the final seconds of the first half set up a 56-yard field goal. Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell
threw a touchdown pass and left the game with a 10-7 halftime lead, finishing 10 of 17 for 75 yards. Titans quarterback Vince Young
was 4 of 13 for 37 yards and left after five series, his final incompletion drawing a smattering of boos . . . Kicker Lawrence Tynes
will miss the Giants' exhibition game against Cleveland Monday night because of a knee injury. Tynes, who was the only placekicker in camp, wrenched his left knee Sunday when his foot slipped while kicking. The Giants signed Josh Huston
to kick against the Browns. Huston was with the team in camp last season. His battle with Tynes was the tightest for a roster spot . . . Cornerback Cortland Finnegan
and the Titans have agreed on a two-year contract extension. According to his agent, Terry Watson
, Finnegan's extension is part of a four-year deal worth $16.8 million.
New trial date
The Miami trial of four men accused of murdering Redskins star Sean Taylor
has been delayed until next year. A judge set a new trial date of March 3, 2009. It had been previously set for later this month, which would have been unusually fast for a murder case. Prosecutors say the suspects shot Taylor in November during a robbery attempt at his Miami-area home. Taylor, an All-Pro safety, was unexpectedly home because of a knee injury. One of the men, 20-year-old Venjah Hunte
, pleaded guilty in May under a deal that calls for him to serve 29 years in prison.
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