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Jets dispute report on Favre

TAMPA, Fla. — Even on Super Bowl Sunday, Brett Favre made news.

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, speaking on NBC’s pregame show early Sunday afternoon, reported that Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum had his first offseason conversation with Brett Favre this past week. Tannenbaum’s message, according to King, was that the quarterback needn’t "rush" his decision and that he can take "months" if necessary.

A Jets spokesman disputed the report, saying the team hopes to have an indication from Favre by the time the NFL combine begins Feb. 18. That would be consistent with what Tannenbaum said Jan. 21, when coach Rex Ryan was introduced. Speaking on WFAN that afternoon, Tannenbaum said he wanted some "initial feedback" from Favre by the time the combine starts in Indianapolis. It lasts until Feb. 24.

"I want to get a feel for the situation by Indianapolis, just from a standpoint of strategic planning at that position," Tannenbaum said that day.

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If King’s report turned out to be true, it would show the Jets in a bad light. They would appear willing to be hamstrung by Favre and at a loss for how they should proceed when free agency begins Feb. 27 and after that, in preparation for April’s draft.

Favre has two years left on the three-year contract the Jets inherited when they acquired him from the Packers last August. Favre is due $13 million this season. Should he retire or be released, the Jets, who are over the salary cap, would receive cap room they desperately need.

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