Gruden unaware of permission to talk to Favre
Bucs coach Jon Gruden said Friday he is personally unaware of the Bucs receiving permission to speak with Packers quarterback Brett Favre.
"I don't have anything to report other than we haven't had any trade talks to my knowledge,'' Gruden said.
"Brett Favre is under contract, my last understanding, with the Green Bay Packers. We're excited about our quarterbacks. I don't know how many quarterbacks we can use at this point.''
Starting quarterback Jeff Garcia will miss the first two days of practice while attending the renunion of his father's junior college national championship team in Gilroy, Calif.
Gruden said he expects Garcia to take snaps with the first-team offense Monday. But Gruden stopped short of saying the Bucs have no interest in acquiring Favre in the future.
"I'm never going to be a guy who puts his foot down,'' Gruden said. "I work with people. Until we get together and see what the issue at hand...as I sit here today, Jeff Garcia is the quarterback.''
Gruden said it was unfair to Garcia to continue the speculation regarding Favre.
"I love Jeff Garcia,'' Gruden said. "He's a huge reason we got this thing turned around last year. To speculate on all those things us unfair to Jeff. I'll just comment on the guys that are here.''
In other Bucs' news:
* First-round pick Aqib Talib, the team announced, has signed.
* Defensive end Greg White, an exclusive-rights free agent who remains unsigned, has not reported.
* Cadillac Williams will start camp on the physically unable to perform list.
* Seventh-round pick Cory Boyd, who reportedly had a knee injury and was involved in a scuffle with Talib during a rookie symposium, was released.