Packers, Favre passing point of no return

July, 17, 2008
It's going to be hard for Brett Favre and the Packers to make up now that Favre has taken his shots at GM Ted Thompson and the Packers have charged the Vikings with tampering with the QB. With a release out of the question, here's a thought of how this thing will resolve itself: Favre can't reinstate himself before camp and then not show up because he would be fined $15,000 a day. What can happen is that the Packers could allow Favre the chance to shop himself in a trade to non-NFC North teams. It's not out of the question for Thompson to say Favre can only offer himself to AFC teams, but chances of getting an AFC bidder are remote. NFC teams are the only true option, and the Redskins and Panthers are two teams that will not get involved.

As of now, Favre is scheduled to present retired Packers offensive lineman Frank Winters at the Packers Hall of Fame on Saturday. There is no news conference scheduled for Favre to speak. The interesting part of the festivities is that Packers Hall of Famer Bart Starr will also be present. That should be an interesting meeting.

The drama for the season-opening game between the Packers and Vikings will even be more interesting because of Green Bay's tampering charge against the Vikings. The Packers are going to contend the Vikings tampered with Favre to affect their preparation for that game. The Vikings are going to argue that they should not have been dragged into the Favre-Packers situation. Count on an escalation of an already intense rivalry.

Garcia in limbo: Tampa Bay QB Jeff Garcia, who talked about holding out or retiring, is no closer to getting a contract extension or more money. Certainly, his job would be affected if the Bucs try to make a move to get Favre. With no deal in sight, Garcia must make a decision about playing for $3.5 million this season or sitting out. My bet is that he reports to camp on time.

Parker set to catch on: Don't be surprised if the Browns make a move to sign Chargers wide receiver Eric Parker if the Chargers release him in the next few days. The Browns now know wide receiver Joe Jurevicius may have to start the regular season on the physically unable to perform list. Parker has worked with Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinksi and could win the No. 3 receiver job behind Braylon Edwards and Donte Stallworth until Jurevicius is back.

Ball rolling in Dallas: The Cowboys reached agreement with the first of their six draft choices: cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The fifth-round pick received $185,000 to sign.


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