Sources: Goodell likely to act on Favre reinstatement by Monday
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will likely move on Brett Favre's reinstatement by Monday, in effect creating a Tuesday deadline to complete a Packers marketing deal for the three-time MVP, league and team sources told ESPN's Wendi Nix on Saturday.
The sources said Goodell feels the situation has gone on long enough and wants both sides to have an incentive to make a decision. One of the sources said no final money figures have been hammered out.
"Both parties are talking, the Green Bay Packers and Brett," Goodell said in an interview with the NFL Network on Saturday. "And I think the discussions are moving ahead. I would hope that we would have something resolved by Monday."
Once Goodell confirms Favre's reinstatement, the Packers would have 24 hours to respond.
Goodell visited the Cincinnati Bengals' training camp on Saturday before heading north to Canton, Ohio, for the weekend's Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
"I'm not trying to interject myself," Goodell said in Georgetown, Ky., according to The Associated Press. "I was interjected into it because there was a tampering charge initially. I'm not looking for things to interject myself to. It's an issue that needs to be addressed because of the competing interests. You want to make sure it's done properly and within our rules. This is an issue that ultimately has to be decided between Brett and the Packers."
Their potential agreement, worth a reported $25 million over 10 years, might end Favre's bid to return just months after retiring. It also would likely keep him from reporting to Packers training camp and a team that is not planning to start him at quarterback for the first time since 1992.
But there have been indications that Favre was wavering on the offer.
After talking to Packers president Mark Murphy about the nonplaying marketing deal on Wednesday, Favre confirmed to Werder that he was actively weighing it.
The Packers hold Favre's rights until his current contract expires after the 2010 season.
Tensions have built between Favre and the team over the past several weeks.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy again praised his players for not allowing the Favre situation to distract them.
"What's going on between Brett and the organization is something that the players and coaches, we cannot handle," McCarthy said Saturday. "We're not involved in it. I think they did a good job from a responsibility standpoint dealing with it for about two days, but the focus has been on improving."
Earlier this week, Favre sent a letter to Goodell requesting to be reinstated from the team's reserve/retired list. But Goodell has held off approving the request, hoping the two sides could resolve their differences.
"Primarily, it starts with the fact, does Brett want to play football?" Goodell said. "The second is, do the Packers want him to play for the Packers. Those are the two principal points that have to be resolved. And only two parties can make that determination, not me."
Goodell said both parties are being "reasonable."
"They're difficult, emotional issues," Goodell said. "They're important to the future of both of them."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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