From Green Bay to Tampa Bay?

Sources say un-retired QB is close to deal with Bucs

By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 6, 2008 3:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – With negotiations with Green Bay at an impasse, it looks as if Brett Favre is headed out of town—and his destination might well be Florida, according ot the Tampa Tribune. The quarterback claimed last week not to be interested in talking to teams outside his old division, but a source says Favre has spoken with the Buccaneers.

Bolstering rumors of an imminent trade is the absence of Bucs quarterback Brian Griese and general manager Bruce Allen from team workouts. The Bucs have several quarterbacks, but Jeff Garcia has been injury-plagued, Josh Johnson is a rookie, and Griese could be leaving the team if Favre works out a deal. Some think, however, that the Packers' asking price might be too high.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks Luke McCown (12), Jeff Garcia (7) and Brian Griese (8), take the field during football training camp in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Monday, July 28, 2008.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks Luke McCown (12), Jeff Garcia (7) and Brian Griese (8), take the field during football training camp in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Monday, July 28, 2008.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy discusses recent events involving Brett Favre with the media after Packers football training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy discusses recent events involving Brett Favre with the media after Packers football training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, at Lambeau Field.   (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
Brett Favre heads to his vehicle after attending meetings with the Packers. The buzz is that the un-retired quarterback could be traded, possibly to the Bucs.
Brett Favre heads to his vehicle after attending meetings with the Packers. The buzz is that the un-retired quarterback could be traded, possibly to the Bucs.   (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
Green Bay Packers fans show their support for Brett Favre Sunday night Aug. 3, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. prior to the Packers football intrasquad scrimmage.
Green Bay Packers fans show their support for Brett Favre Sunday night Aug. 3, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. prior to the Packers football intrasquad scrimmage.   (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
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Mike and I both agreed [Monday] night that me being out there is a distraction and will continue to be a distraction. - Brett Favre, explaining his stalemate with the Packers

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