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Favre On Verge Of Joining Bucs

Posted Aug 6, 2008 by Ira Kaufman

Updated Aug 6, 2008 at 08:44 AM

The Brett Favre saga could end with the NFL icon in pewter.

The Tribune has learned Favre will not stand in the way of a trade from Green Bay to Tampa Bay and the deal is likely to be finalized within 24 hours.

The chances of the trade unraveling are remote and Favre has indicated to the Bucs directly that he is willing to change teams after 16 years of growing his legend in Green Bay.

The Packers, unwilling to deal the 3-time league MVP to an NFC North rival, view the Bucs as a compromise in this ugly impasse. The Bucs view Favre as an upgrade on QB Jeff Garcia, who made the Pro Bowl in 2007 while leading Tampa Bay to an NFC South title.

Once it became clear to Favre that he wasn’t welcome back in Green Bay, he became more flexible in terms of accepting a trade to clubs outside the division. The Bucs have been interested in Favre since last month, when he announced he wanted to play again.

The Bucs could make the trade announcement official by Wednesday, but Favre will have little time to learn Coach Jon Gruden’s complex system because the Bucs open the regular season Sept. 7 at division rival New Orleans.

Reader Comments

Por (Neo) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Well it has begun, better put on your seatbelt GARCIA,because Tampa is going bye bye lol

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Por (Jonny R) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

We’ll take Garcia, tomorrow!  no problems here!  Here…. comes the vikings.  talk about a perfect situation for the vikings!

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Por (Seth C) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

One month to learn Gruden’s offense and terminology. And in another year or two max, what, yet ANOTHER new QB? One of these days we need someone who can stick around long enough to actually get to the back of that dictionary Gruden calls a playbook. I love Brett Favre and all, but come on, enough is enough with the revolving door at QB, especially for a coach who allegedly has one of the most complex and intricate offenses in football. It’d be great to actually see that, not a watered down version for yet another first year in the system QB.

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Por (Jeremy) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

LOL Seth,

Not the most timely post. Put away the talking points for now.

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Por (Jonny R) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

ohhhh is Garcia ever gonna be one sad man tomorrow. This would work pretty well for the bucs.  Whatever draft picks they’re giving up for Favre, they’ll most likely get for Garcia.  Garcia’s not happy about the contract extension talk, and Favre can’t go to MN.  So… I see the bucs liking this situation, ending an unhappy QB situation about contracts, and gaining a guy just happy to be outta cheese-land. Skol Vikings
-Just an optimistic season ticket holder over here…

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Por (Lee Mann) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The Buc’s need to show more respect to the Quarterbacks that they have already acquired, I mean really Jeff Garcia has shown in my opinion to be worth the money. I don’t know about this one. I mean it’s not like Jon’s Play book is easy to learn. Do we really have the time to spend bringing yet another quarterback up to speed…

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Por (mike hafford) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

yesaaaaaaa! bye garcia dont hurt your self on the way out!!!!!!!! take grease with you. favre mcown johnson? or sims sounds great!

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Por (Paul) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Ok a few things to keep in mind -

1.  I’ll believe this when I see this on ESPN.com
2.  Jeff Garcia played well last year, but let’s be realistic…he was an upgrade over Chris Simms and Bruce Gradkowski and that’s not really a huge leap..
3.  There may be some intital awkwardness with players who were behind Garcia but after Farve hits Galloway for a 65 yard TD on the fly it will all be forgotten

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Por (Frank Stazzone) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

To all that say enough is enough with the constant new QB situation in Tampa, i say i 100% agree with you.  Having said that, there is no way that any realistic franchise QB is coming in here in at least 1, and with the extension Garcia wants, maybe 2 more years.  Why not experience those years with a QB who makes our team definitely better right now.  I agree with the move and hope they do Garcia right, but the Bucs with Favre should have Tampa Bay feeling they can go helmet to helmet with anyone in the NFC.  Amazing news!

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Por (WakeBoarder) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The best thing to happen to da Bucs in a llllooonnnnggg time.

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Por (Dave T) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I’m a life long Pack Fan (born and raised) and am absolutely sickened by Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy’s mis-handling of this whole thing.  Brett should be wearing Green and Gold tomorrow and the future, but I will definitely be rooting for him no matter where he lands. Never been a Bucs fan, but will be a convert just to watch Brett play!!  Good luck to the Bucs!  Go Brett!!  We will always love you up here!

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Por (rafael o) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

if the vikes picked up garcia id be a happy camper, seeing that im a niners fan and he did well for the niners, hes younger then favre and moves the ball well, id take that any day, tampa can have favre! good luck with that cry baby!

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Por (Michael Rose) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

All you people that have been complaining about the lack of a BIG SPLASH tell me can u hear the buzz on the bay already ? Sorry it had to go down this way for GARCIA but a HOF’r just has to be our QB.BEWARE T.BAY the media is coming !!!

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Por (ryan) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Already on ESPN, deal to finalize tomorrow1!!!

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Por (Gandyroamer) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Now if we can only get Lynn Swann and Franco Harris, we’ll win a super bowl.

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Por (tom) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Congrats to Tampa.  On behalf of the entire state of Wisconsin, we wish you and Brett the best.  You’re getting the great leader, a phenomenal athlete and a gem of a human being.

To the fans of the Bucs: take care of our boy!  We’ll all be cheering for him (and you).  Thanks Brett!  We’ll never forget you.  I’ll be buying my number 4 jersey as soon as it’s official.  Go Bucs!

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Por (John) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Good luck with Favre.  I’ve been a Pack fan for years.  Favre will make great plays, but he’s also the all-time INT leader for good reason.  You’ll never win in the post-season with him and you’ll probably also lose a good WR because he strings them out over the middle.

At least Garcia plays within his limits.

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Por (Brad) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Not only do the Bucs get Favre, but they get the pathetic fans that call themselves Green Bay fans, yet are unable to see past Brett Favre.  All of the fans out there that are changing their support based on Favre were not real Green Bay fans to begin with.  I hope all of the losers that are booing Aaron Rodgers at practice become Bucs fans too, and stop showing the ignorance of being brainwashed by an athlete who’s ego is out of control.

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Por (Paul) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

OK I’ll rephrase…when Chris Mortenson says it’s official I’ll believe it…ESPNews is just saying The Tribune is reporting it

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Por (vitaliy korchagin) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Brad, you idiot, you obviously have no clue what you’re talking about when it comes to Packers fans, Packers fans are by far the most loyal fans in all of sports…they sell out packers scrimmage every year!!!...even this year (w/o favre).  Lambeau Field has been sold out since 1960s that’s at least 25 years of loosing without Favre…our training camp practices get as many fans as buccaneers pre-season games…not real fans? when was the last time your (whatever the name of that stadium is) got sold out???...we love favre, but WE LOVE THE PACKERS EVEN MORE!!!

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Por (nick jones) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

no favre don’t go

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Por (Maurice) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I Still have see this to believe it. We’ll see on Wednsday. And If this trade does go down I cant wait to see what trade goes down with Garcia or something. Unless Garcia backs up. The Green Bay and Buc game has to be on National T.V if this trade goes down also.  Wont it be crazy if the madden curse hits him when he’s playing the packers (Knocking on Wood.

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Por (Dion S) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I have been a Bucs fan all my life and if the reports of us trading for Brett Favre is true then I’m absolutely sickened. Garcia led us to the playoffs last year while posting one of the highest QB ratings in the NFL and deserves some loyalty from the Bucs FO for his effort. I know the NFL is a business but even businesses must have a human side, and trading for Brett Favre would be all business and no loyalty. The Bucs are not and should never turn mercenary. And it’s not even like Garcia played like Chris Simms last year.

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Por (Maurice) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

This is unlikely to happen but what if we get Favre and Garcia ends up starting. Does anyone think thats possible. Or What if we use Garcia and Farve like the Cardinals use Kurt Warner an Matt Leinhart. (Because thats what imma do in Madden). If we do get farve his jersey might sell a million a week like the Carter 3. (lol) But this is no joking matter

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Por (paul) on August 06, 2008 (Suggest removal)

life long favre fan sad to see him go. not as hard now as when he retired but it will be disgusting to see him wearing those terrible uniforms i may just puke on my floor. screw thompson and murphy the clocks ticking now…..

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