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Garcia reports to Bucs today amid Favre hype

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Starting quarterback Jeff Garcia is scheduled to make his training camp debut today and be under center with the first-team offense.

Garcia will be greeted by more speculation that he may eventually be asked to surrender his job to Brett Favre.

Sunday, Favre said he did not report to Packers training camp in part because general manager Ted Thompson asked him to delay his arrival.

Favre, the iconic Packer who retired after last season, told SI.com and ESPN.com that he had signed a letter seeking reinstatement to the league but may not send it until today or Tuesday. Favre, who would be a Packer on returning, said Thompson asked him if he was interested in a trade.

"Yeah, but not just to the teams you want me to go to," Favre said, relating the conversation to ESPN.com.

The Jets and Bucs reportedly have received permission from the Packers to talk to Favre.

Bucs coach Jon Gruden said Sunday he was tired of the speculation. General manager Bruce Allen declined to be interviewed.

"I don't make anything out of it, okay?" Gruden said of the Favre reports. "I don't have time to address it, really. We're moving on here. We've got training camp, and I'm really kind of growing tired of addressing all of the reports, no disrespect to anybody. We've got work to do. Jeff (Garcia) will be in (Sunday) night. You'll see him (today), and we're excited about that."

Garcia, 38, was excused for the weekend to attend the 35-year reunion of the Gavilan College national championship football team in Gilroy, Calif. Its coach was Garcia's father, Bob.

Garcia told the Gilroy Dispatch on Saturday that he has not focused on the Favre reports.

"You know, I really can't even think about it," Garcia said. "There are only certain things I can control, and that's really what I want to focus upon. I can't control what's being said in the media. I can't control what upper management or what people are talking about or what they're thinking about. All I know is that I have a job to do with Tampa.

"I have a job to build upon as to what I did last year with the team. I'm focused on myself being better, contributing more, hopefully leading this team to another division title and hopefully bigger and better things, like the Super Bowl. … It's about playing football, and whatever happens outside of my ability to control is out of my hands."

Commissioner Roger Goodell has offered to help the Packers and Favre resolve their impasse. The Packers reportedly want a first-round pick for Favre.

""It's pretty clear -— and this is what I told the commissioner — that they want me to go away, stay retired,'' Favre said. "They would much rather see me in a Packers uniform, paying me $12-million to be a backup — which you know they really don't want — rather than see me in another uniform, no matter what they say. They'll drag this out, asking for a king's ransom (in a trade), hoping it all goes away."

MOST TALENTED SECONDARY? Cornerback Ronde Barber has been part of some of the best defenses in league history. Sunday, he said the 2008 secondary may be one of the most talented he's played with.

"It is athletically, without a doubt," Barber said. "It's pretty hard to top that '02 team that we had, Dexter (Jackson) and John (Lynch) and (Brian Kelly) and Dwight Smith. Those were some good players. But talentwise across the board, and depthwise, we've never been better.

"So, that being said, we have a lot of expectations on ourselves. If we don't live up to them, we'll all be disappointed."

INJURIES: Cornerback Torrie Cox is being evaluated for a knee injury he sustained in practice Saturday afternoon. The Bucs are concerned it could be serious, especially because Cox played in just four games last season before a knee injury forced him to finish the year on injured reserve. … Safety Tanard Jackson and receiver Antonio Bryant left practice early because of cramps and dehydration. Both returned for the afternoon workout.

Garcia reports to Bucs today amid Favre hype 07/27/08 [Last modified: Monday, July 28, 2008 5:00pm]

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