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Favre talking to Bucs, multiple reports say



The Bucs are talking to Brett Favre about the possibility of a trade to Tampa Bay, according to multiple reports.

One Green Bay outlet is calling the talks "serious," adding a deal could be consummated soon. Favre has spent the day talking with Green Bay officials but seems to have failed to reach a resolution that will allow him to play for the Packers.

If that is the case, the next option the team planned to explore was a trade. The Bucs are in prime position to swing the deal, provided Favre is amenable to playing in Tampa Bay -- something that isn't yet known. Tampa Bay has adequate cap space to accommodate Favre's $12-million salary. The Bucs also could handle rejection by Favre because they have experienced quarterbacks in place if he chooses not to report. The Jets, the other reported suitor, is in a much less favorable cap situation that would require them to clear cap space to take on Favre's salary.

Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy is scheduled to have a 6 p.m. news conference. Bucs general manager Bruce Allen is unavailable for comment. He is out of town because of a previously-scheduled meeting unrelated to Favre, team officials confirmed.

Asked this morning about Favre, Bucs coach Jon Gruden tried to deflect the Favre talk, telling the St. Petersburg Times "I love all these reports. I enjoy reading them."

Favre met with Packers officials earlier today and said the sides were deadlocked.

"We're at a stalemate," he said. "Mike (McCarthy) and I both agreed last night that me being out there is a distraction and will continue to be a distraction. We all know the reason I'm here is because the commissioner reinstated me so we have a lot of things to figure out. It's simple and complicated, both at the same time."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:06pm]


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