Favre considering $20 million offer; Grant stalled while Jackson comes on
Media reports indicate that Brett Favre now says he might take the Green Bay Packers' $20 million offer, but it's not cash to keep him away from training camp.
Several media outlets say Favre would make public appearances and take part in marketing campaigns for the Packers over the next 10 years, and the team offered the deal soon after he retired in March.
It does not hinge on his retirement, but he won't get paid until after he quits playing.
The Packers have refused comment, even after it was reported that the $20 million was meant to keep Favre away from camp and avoid rocking the team.
Thursday night, Favre sent text messages to ESPN football reporter Ed Werder to confirm he's considering the Packers' offer.
He said it's not a perfect solution, and he'd still rather play this year, but at least team President Mark Murphy is trying.
Murphy met with Favre and his agent on Wednesday in Mississippi and following the visit Murphy released the following statement:
"I was in Hattiesburg today and had a nice visit with Brett Favre.
We discussed a number of topics not related to football, including Brett's long-term relationship with the Packers.
I consider our conversation to be confidential and am going to be respectful of Brett and his family and keep the details private.
Ted and Mike are going to continue to work on the football side of this issue. They have my full support."
Favre told Werder he still wants to play with the Packers or another NFC North team if the Pack doesn't want him. He also said in the text that if he can't play for the Packers he wants to play against them.
Late Thursday, there were reports that Favre was about to fly to Green Bay as the Packers resume their training camp workouts today, but the flight was canceled after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he'd wait another day to act on Favre's reinstatement request.
Packers' running back Ryan Grant is no closer to a new contract than he was last weekend when his agent complained about the offer the team made.
But agent Alan Herman said the Packers contacted him twice this week about getting the negotiations started again.
Grant has missed the first five practices at training camp, because he wants a long-term deal instead of the one-year exclusive rights contract he was supposed to get.
The Packers say they're open to a multi-year deal, after Grant ran for 1,000 yards in the second half of last year's regular season and playoffs.
Last Sunday, Herman said the Packers have offered a $1.75 million signing bonus, but his client wants twice that much. Herman is also looking for guaranteed payments for production.
Jackson getting noticed
While Grant stays away from Clarke Hinkle Field second-year running back Brandon Jackson is taking full advantage of the extra reps.
"Absolutely. I think he's done very well. I think Brandon Jackson has had a good week. I think he's been exceptional, particularly in the screen and draw periods. Things like that, those schemes are tailored to his running style," Packers' Head Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters.
Last year Jackson stumbled early and was replaced as the starting back by Grant. However late in the season and in the playoffs Jackson seemed to finally grasp the zone blocking scheme and began to show promise.