Quarterback Brett Favre signed a five-year contract with the Green Bay Packers on Thursday worth a reported $19-million.
"I'm very excited to know I'm going to be here for five more years," said Favre, who led the Packers to two straight winning seasons and their first playoff appearance in a decade. "I really feel like this is the team to beat in the next few years."
Named to the Pro Bowl in 1992, the 24-year-old quarterback put up respectable numbers last season with 19 touchdown passes, but threw 24 interceptions.
Neither Favre nor the team disclosed the salary. The Green Bay Press-Gazette said the deal includes a $2.5-million signing bonus, $500,000 reporting bonus and $1.6-million base salary this season. His salary in subsequent years is $2.9-million, $3.6-million, $3.9-million and $4-million, the Press-Gazette reported.
The newspaper said $2.1-million of that counts against the Packers' $34.6-million salary cap, leaving the team approximately $2-million below the cap.
jailed on DWI charge
PLANTATION _ Miami Dolphins kicker Pete Stoyanovich was arrested on drunken-driving charges outside a restaurant by troopers who had warned him not to drive.
Stoyanovich was charged with drunken driving. He posted $500 bond and was released from jail after spending a mandatory eight hours in custody.
The Dolphins' leading scorer in 1993 appeared to be under the influence of alcohol while dining with friends at an International House of Pancakes about 5:15 a.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
Three troopers were on a break at the restaurant, and one of them asked Stoyanovich if he had been drinking. When he said he had, a friend agreed to drive after a trooper suggested it. About five minutes later, Stoyanovich, 27, drove back into the restaurant parking lot and asked troopers why he was not allowed to drive his car, the report said. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested.
Stoyanovich's blood-alcohol tests measured 0.148 and 0.143, according to the report. The legal blood alcohol limit in Florida is 0.080.
Bucs sign Pyne
TAMPA _ The Bucs signed seventh-round draft pick Jim Pyne to a two-year contract worth $265,000. Pyne, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound center from Virginia Tech, received a $22,000 signing bonus, and his contract calls for the NFL minimum salaries in 1994 ($108,000) and 1995 ($135,000).
Colts: Defensive end Michael Brandon, a two-year starter at Florida drafted in the 12th round in 1992, walked out of training camp when he was criticized by an assistant coach for jogging through a drill.
Giants: Jarvis Williams, who spent the first six years of his NFL career with the Dolphins, signed as an unrestricted free agent. No contract terms were announced.
Jets: First-round draft pick Aaron Glenn agreed to a four-year contract reportedly worth more than $4-million. Glenn reportedly will receive $4.04-million, including a $2.1-million signing bonus.
Raiders: Defensive end Scott Davis ended his two-year retirement and entered training camp. Free-agent signee Jerry Ball also checked into camp.
Hooters: The Arena League team signed Mark Duper, the Miami Dolphins' all-time leading receiver. Duper's first game will be July 23 against Orlando at Miami.