Gruden won't address Favre discussions
Bucs coach Jon Gruden would not address rumors that the Bucs are close to signing Packers quarterback Brett Favre. Asked if he spoke to Favre last night, Gruden said he wasn't going to talk about it. (View audio slide show)
"I have a lot of respect for the situation," said Gruden, who said Favre's future should be resolved in the next few days. "I'm going to be very reluctant to say much. I don't want to have to repeat myself tomorrow and change my story."
But he did liken the situation to when the Oakland Raiders signed legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice late in his career.
"Similar to (the Favre situation)," Gruden said, "from the standpoint that (Rice) was probably the best receiver to ever play. ... In this situation, you're talking about a guy (Favre) that has been well documented, well covered."
"I don't want to get involved in this publicly," he added, "because I don't have all the information."
Quarterback Jeff Garcia was absent from the morning practice. The team said he was receiving treatment.
GM Bruce Allen missed practice for the second day. The team said he was in New York for league meetings.
On a side note, the Bucs worked out former fullback Lorenzo Neal, apparently in response to B.J. Askew's ongoing injury problem.
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