NFL Notebook: Favre may show up

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Associated Press
The NFL notebook …
MILWAUKEE ó Brett Favre says he’s tempted to show up at the Green Bay Packers’ training camp just to call the team’s “bluff.”
In the second part of an interview with Fox News, the 38-year-old quarterback said he knows his arrival in camp would cause a media circus, but that might not stop him. Packers players are scheduled to report July 27.
“It’s tempting just to, as everyone said, you know, call their bluff or whatever,” Favre said, according to an excerpt provided to The Associated Press. “I think it’s going to be a circus in itself already, whether I go there, whatever.”
The interview on the show “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” was to be broadcast Tuesday night.
Favre, a three-time MVP, says he feels “a little bit” bad for would-be successor Aaron Rodgers and insists he doesn’t want to be a distraction to his teammates. Or are they his former teammates?
“I like my teammates,” Favre said. “I had a lot of fun with them. We had, it was an amazing year last year. I don’t want to make it any worse than it is.”
CHARLOTTE ó The Carolina Panthers have signed fifth-round draft choice Gary Barnidge from Louisville.
The team did not release terms of the deal.
Barnidge, a 6-foot-5, 247-pound tight end, figures to battle for playing time this season with two other young tight ends ó Jeff King and Dante Rosario.
IRVING, Texas ó Dallas Cowboys safety Ken Hamlin won’t have to wait until after the season for a long-term contract.
The Cowboys and Hamlin agreed Tuesday on a $39 million, six-year deal that includes a $9 million signing bonus and guarantees the Pro Bowl safety about $15 million.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. ó All Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth doesn’t have the security of the long-term contract with the guaranteed money he wanted. What he does have is a one-year deal paying him $7.25 million and a season to make his case that he deserves what he’s asking.
ALAMEDA, Calif. ó The Oakland Raiders and star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha failed to agree on a long-term contract before Tuesday’s deadline for franchised players.
TEMPE, Ariz. ó The Arizona Cardinals have signed third-round draft choice Early Doucet to a three-year deal.