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Allen: Bucs never made offer for Favre



Bruceallen General manager Bruce Allen said the Bucs never made an offer for quarterback Brett Favre because the Green Bay Packers refused to trade him to an NFC team.

Allen acknowledged that the Bucs did receive permission to talk to Favre, but said they were one of 18 teams that were granted that right.

""There was no negotiations,'' Allen said. "There was never any substantive talk about what they would take to trade him. So all of that was speculation. From the beginning, I think it was clear it was a bad situation in Green Bay and they had to deal with it any way they could.

"Green Bay never told us what they were even interested in trading him for,'' Allen said.

According to Allen, he had two conversations with Packers general manager Ted Thompson over the past two months.

Allen's comments disputed reports that the Bucs were one of two teams that Favre was deciding between Wednesday night. Favre's agent, James 'Bus' Cook said trade talks had come down to the Jets or the Bucs.

Favre was traded to the Jets late Wednesday for a conditional fourth round pick that could become a first rounder if Favre is responsible for leading the team to the Super Bowl.

"We always look at any scenario we can find that can help the Buccaneers,'' Allen said. "That is our No. 1 priority is helping this team. If it was going to be a double-trade, a triple-trade, in any form we can help the Bucs, we will always listen.''

When asked if the Bucs made any offers to the Packers for Favre, Allen said, "No.'

Allen was asked if he knew the Packers would only trade Favre to an AFC team, why did the Bucs talk to Favre?

"We're going to listen to people's thoughts,' Allen said. "If there was a way it could benefit the Buccaneers, we're going to keep our ears open.'

Allen said speculation that the Bucs were interested in Favre should not affect quarterback Jeff Garcia's performance this season.

"Jeff's a great competitor,'' Allen said. "His number one attribute is his competitive skills. Right now, we want to get Jeff healthy and back on the practice field. Nothing will change the competitive nature of Jeff Garcia.''

(Pictured - Bruce Allen. Times photo - Brendan Fitterer. Click to enlarge.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:07pm]


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