NFL news roundup: Packers to retire Brett Favre's No. 4 in 2016, Patriots exchange 1,000-plus Aaron Hernandez jerseys
The Green Bay Packers hope to retire former quarterback Brett Favre's No. 4 jersey prior to the 2016 season. Team President and CEO Mark Murphy suggested that Favre will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2016 and that the team could retire his number prior to his induction. Given Favre's 16 years of service as the starting quarterback in Green Bay, it always seemed like a matter of time, but we now have a timetable of sorts.
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The New England Patriots received more than 1,000 exchanges for Aaron Hernandez jerseys on Saturday. The team offered any fans who bought Hernandez jerseys the opportunity to exchange them with any jersey of equal value, and apparently, the fans are on board with the program. Sunday will present another opportunity for fans to exchange if they so desire. Among the most popular replacements are Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork, Stevan Ridley and Chandler Jones.
Brian Galliford of Buffalo Rumblings believe that the lack of action is par the course:
It's understandable for fans to want a long-term contract in Byrd's hands as of four months ago, but understand also that these prolonged negotiation processes happen in waves: there was undoubtedly some negotiating leading up to the franchise tag deadline in March, and when it became apparent to the Bills that they wouldn't be able to close the gap quickly enough, they tagged Byrd. If the two sides have spoken since, nothing major would have happened, as neither side will have wanted to appear desperate or jump the gun in the intervening months. Deadlines spur action (Andrew Brandt should trademark that phrase). The action will resume soon - and if it already has, there's plenty of time to make a deal happen.
Shane Vereen was always considered more of a general playmaker than a running back, and the emergence of Stevan Ridley pretty much confirmed that the New England Patriots would need to find other ways to get Vereen on the field. With the departure of Wes Welker and release of Aaron Hernandez, lining up at wide receiver might just be the best option for Vereen. He lined up at wide receiver in minicamp, and it wouldn't be shocking for him to get the majority of his snaps there next season.
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