Wednesday July 23, 2008
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is
keeping an eye on the ongoing rift between the Green Bay Packers
and Brett Favre.
A person with direct knowledge of the situation says Goodell has
spoken with Packers management several times recently as tensions
continue to mount between the three-time MVP and his team.
ESPN.com first reported Goodell's interest in the Favre
predicament. The Web site indicated that the commissioner
encouraged Packers general manager Ted Thompson to survey teams
around the league to try to find a trade partner in hopes of
resolving it quickly.
The Packers are committed to moving forward with Aaron Rodgers
as their starter. With Favre apparently still intent on reversing
his decision to retire in March, the best outcome for both parties
could be a trade.
The Packers also have filed tampering charges against the
Vikings. They suspect that interest from Minnesota is the main
reason Favre has changed his mind about playing in 2008. Favre's rights belong to the Packers until his current contract expires after the 2010 season.