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Packers, Favre delay roster bonus to late July

GREEN BAY, Wis. (April 14, 2006) -- The due date for Brett Favre's roster bonus -- originally scheduled for last month -- has been moved to July 27, giving the three-time MVP more time to make a decision on retirement.

A person with knowledge of the decision, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement had been made, confirmed the change.

Since the team ended its season with a 4-12 record, Favre repeatedly has said he has not decided whether to return for a 15th season with the Packers. He gave the same message at his charity golf tournament in Mississippi last weekend.

Favre has questioned whether the team has been improved significantly and would be better next season.

"I guess, ultimately, it comes down to just whether or not you want to play and run the risk of being 4-12 again," Favre said last weekend.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson said April 13 that the bonus due date -- which already had been moved back three times, most recently to April 15 -- was a non-issue.

"There really is no deadline," he said.

Favre would have to be on the Packers' roster on the due date to qualify for the bonus.

Thompson and new Packers coach Mike McCarthy said previously that they would like a decision from Favre as soon as possible, but have not criticized him for taking so long to make up his mind.

"He's been honest throughout the whole process, and Ted and I both are comfortable," McCarthy said April 13.

The Associated Press News Service

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