Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson was released from jail yesterday after spending two months behind bars for violating parole in a 2005 weapons case.
Wearing a red baseball cap and white T-shirt, Johnson walked out of Cook County (Ill.) Jail smiling broadly. He did not speak to reporters before getting into a sport utility vehicle and leaving.
Johnson was released on good behavior after serving half of his four-month sentence. The 25-year-old player is to have a hearing with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday in New York and could face a multi-game suspension by the league.
Johnson's jailing in March stemmed from a Dec. 14 police raid on his Gurnee home, where authorities found six unregistered firearms.
Packers. Green Bay left quarterback Brett Favre fuming when the Packers did not pull off a trade for wide receiver Randy Moss during the NFL draft.
Moss wound up with the New England Patriots.
A report on the Fox Sports Web site, citing anonymous sources, said Favre's agent called Packers general manager Ted Thompson to request a trade of the three-time MVP a few days after last month's draft.
According to the report, Packers coach Mike McCarthy later called the quarterback and settled things down.
In a statement posted on the Packers' Web site, Thompson said he would not discuss specifics of the report but understood the frustration Favre vented in interviews over the weekend.
Favre said he had faith in the team's desire to win but wondered if the Packers could become a contender before he retires. Green Bay improved from 4-12 in 2005 to 8-8 last season but has not made any major additions through free agency.
Patriots. The San Diego Union-Tribune, citing an unnamed source, reported yesterday that Junior Seau would re-sign with New England this week, pending a physical taken by the 38-year-old linebacker. This will be Seau's 18th professional season.