Whispers from around the NFL

• The Packers expect a decision from Brett Favre on his playing future to come at roughly the same time this year as it did in 2005. Favre last year announced his intentions to play at "Packers Fan Fest," which is scheduled for March 10-12.

• Team sources in Jacksonville believe the Jaguars will seriously consider cutting ties with their most veteran players, WR Jimmy Smith and RB Fred Taylor, in March. Smith, we're told, could be saved because of the possibility that WR Reggie Williams could face a four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy.