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Efforts increase on Grant contract; more on Favre; stockholders meet

The Packers have stepped up their negotiations with running back Ryan Grant about a long-term contract.

Agent Alan Herman says the two sides have talked almost every day since last Friday and he remains confident a deal can be struck before the players are scheduled to report for training camp on Sunday.

Without a deal, Grant would get a standard salary for a second-year player of $370,000 - if he doesn't hold out.

Meanwhile, the Packers have signed four of their nine draft choices.

Fourth-round guard Josh Sitton and fifth-round tackle Breno Giacomini finalized their rookie deals Wednesday. Seventh-round players Matt Flynn and Brett Swain signed earlier in the week.

That leaves five draft picks to sign by Sunday; Jordy Nelson, Patrick Lee, Jermichael Finley, Jeremy Thompson, and quarterback Brian Brohm.

Favre saga update

It's possible that the Green Bay Packers are only going through the motions of seeking a trade of quarterback Brett Favre.

NFL officials refuse to confirm that Commissioner Roger Goodell has urged the Packers to either find a trading partner or exhaust all the possibilities.

But media reports say the Packers have contacted every team in the league except for its NFC North rivals, and others with star quarterbacks like Indianapolis and New England.

If anybody's biting, it could be Tampa Bay. Bucs' quarterback Chris Simms said General Manager Bruce Allen asked him if he thought Favre could make a quick transition to the Tampa West Coast offense.

Simms said he could, but there would have to be compromises between the three-time MVP and coach Jon Gruden, one of Favre's former coaches in Green Bay.

Meanwhile, new reports said Favre exchanged text messages with two Minnesota coaches. That apparently is part of the league's investigation into alleged tampering by the Vikings to get Favre.

Stockholders meet at Lambeau

Thousands of Packer stockholders are expected at Lambeau Field today (Thursday) for the team's annual meeting.

They're expected to give team officials an earful about the Brett Favre situation and they'll get the usual financial and player updates.

They'll also learn about the promotion of two Packer officials made yesterday by CEO Mark Murphy.

He promoted Jason Wied to the general counsel's role, to go with his current post as the vice president of administration.

And Betsy Mitchell was named a vice president for organizational and staff development.

Murphy says the changes reflect the Packers' growth as an organization over the last five years.