Packers' Favre back with renewed vigor
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- After 12 years of dragging himself to training camp for six weeks of practice that he probably doesn't need, Brett Favre could sleepwalk through this part of the football season.
That's why half the battle the Green Bay Packers face in keeping Favre off the retired list is getting him back to town after six months of rest and relaxation with his wife and two daughters. There's a lot of distance between here and Hattiesburg, Miss., and a whole lot more when you're trying to pull Favre off the riding mower and into the St. Norbert dormitories for training camp.
So the Packers were ecstatic to see Favre report to camp in tip-top shape and come out practicing as if he had hardly missed a beat since last season. Trim at 225 pounds, Favre doesn't appear to be any less motivated despite all his recent talk about retirement.
"He's into it," coach Mike Sherman said Wednesday. "He's as into it as I've ever seen it. He's enjoying himself, making some big-time throws in practice. Every quarterback questions when his time is up, but that question is not in front of him right now, that's for sure.
"He's throwing the ball as well as anybody in the league can throw it. Age has not crept up on him."
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks agreed to terms Wednesday with first-round draft pick Marcus Trufant. Agent Doug Hendrickson said the cornerback will sign a five-year contract Thursday.
The team also completed a deal with second-round selection Ken Hamlin, who signed a four-year contract, according to agent Jason Medlock.
Financial terms weren't disclosed for either deal, but the agreements mean the Seahawks will have all nine of their draft picks suited up when training camp opens Saturday in Cheney.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Running back Willis McGahee isn't healthy enough to begin practicing, nor is he yet prepared to sign his first contract with the Buffalo Bills. The first-round pick was at home in Miami continuing to rehabilitate his injured left knee Wednesday as the rest of the Bills rookies and selected veterans reported for training camp.
San Diego Chargers
CARSON, Calif. -- Sammy Davis was in the house. So was a Raiders fan who just couldn't resist wearing his No. 24 Charles Woodson jersey. The NFL returned to the Los Angeles area Wednesday, even if was just the first practice of the San Diego Chargers' training camp. The next question is whether the Chargers may move here one day, satisfying the NFL's quest for a team in an area that's been without one since the Rams and Raiders moved after the 1994 season.
INDIANAPOLIS -- All eight of the Indianapolis Colts' new draft picks arrived Wednesday for the start of the team's voluntary rookie camp even though none have yet signed contracts.
Tight end Dallas Clark, the Colts' first-round pick out of Iowa, caught passes and safety Mike Doss, the Colts' second-round pick, worked overtime to catch up on some of the work he missed at workouts in May and June.