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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Favre sightings just sizzle, not steak

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July

Let's get this straight.

The Tampa Bay area is buzzing with alleged sightings of Packers QB Brett Favre at Fleming's Steakhouse Monday night. As the tale goes, he was with Bucs general manager Bruce Allen.

Restaurant and hotel employees aren't supposed to publicly reveal the identity of their customers for obvious reasons. But folks, trust us on this one, it's absolutely untrue.

Allen and the Bucs do hold a lot of dinner meetings at Fleming's -- and without getting anyone in trouble at the eatery on West Boy Scout Blvd., -- that was not the case this week. Allen has denied the report as well.

Now the sightings have spread to One Buc Place as well. A few things to consider: Favre is property of the Packers, and unless Green Bay officials allow it, any contact by officials from another team with him would be tampering.

If the Bucs were inclined to speak to Favre, it's pretty unlikely they would parade him through a busy restuarant that Allen, Gruden and company frequent.

Most of the trade talk regarding Favre continues to center around the Bucs and Panthers. Redskins executive vice president Vinny Cerrato told me earlier today his team is committed to Jason Campbell at quarterback.

Many executives still find it hard to believe Packers GM Ted Thompson won't simply allow Favre to return as the starter, regardless of what affect it has on Aaron Rodgers.  One thing is certain, you can expect more reports of Favre sightings. As best as we can tell, this one is false.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:04pm]

    

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