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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
The best of the NFC North this morning is all Brett Favre-related. Funny.
The race is on to identify which team, if any, Favre will play in 2008. Carolina and Miami are the two most likely candidates, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. One of the big reasons the Packers don't want to unconditionally release Favre is they are convinced the Minnesota Vikings will make a run at him. And Peter King of Sports Illustrated thinks Favre wants to play for the Vikings.
Add the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the list of potential suitors, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Longtime Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud writes that Favre to Tampa Bay is a reasonable scenario: "Would [coach Jon] Gruden and the Bucs be willing to chuck their offseason preparation with [Jeff] Garcia and move Favre under center? Absolutely."
At least two Vikings players say they're comfortable with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson even if Favre is available, according to Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. (The team's decision-makers weren't available for comment, but it's a moot point anyway. The Packers are determined to keep Favre away from Minnesota.)
One fan plans to start a "grass-roots" campaign to pressure the Packers into taking Favre back. Remember, the Packers are owned by shareholders. Curly's Pub in the Lambeau Field atrium fell silent after ESPN's Chris Mortensen broke the story, according to the Post-Gazette. Another fan called the news "like a death in the family almost."
A few hours away in Madison, this fan aptly summarized the feelings of many Packers supporters: "I feel pretty frustrated and conflicted about the whole thing."