Tampa GM denies Bucs had serious interest in Favre
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay general manager Bruce Allen just had his chance to talk about the whole Brett Favre saga. What Allen had to say was dramatically different than the numerous media reports stating the Bucs were a serious player in trade discussions before Favre wound up with the New York Jets.
"There was no negotiations,'' Allen said. "There was never any substantive talk about what they would take to trade him. All of that was speculation. From the beginning, I think it was clear that it was a bad situation in Green Bay and they had to deal with it any way that they could.''
Allen denied the Bucs made an offer to the Packers and downplayed Tampa Bay's interest as nothing more than minor curiosity.
"It really never got to that,'' Allen said. "We always look at any type of scenario we can find that can help the Buccaneers. That's our No. 1 priority, helping this team -- if it was going to be a double trade or a triple trade or in any form that we can help the Bucs. We will always listen.''
That's contrary to statements from Favre and agent Bus Cook yesterday that they were in talks with the Bucs and the Jets and those were the only teams involved.
"There's quite a few players in the league that have an interest in coming to Tampa Bay,'' Allen said. "Without getting into the tampering rules of the league, I think that's a credit to what we're doing. The system would fit a lot of players. I'll let him talk about his situation. There were, I think, about 18 teams that had permission to talk to him. The fact that people want to play here, we consider that a credit.''