Favre to work with Newton?

Time for a quick trip through the NFC South links.

Brett Favre made headlines recently when he said he was ready for a new career. Most people took that to mean Favre was headed toward broadcasting or coaching and that might be the case. But the agent for Favre and recently-drafted Carolina quarterback Cam Newton made it sound like Favre, who says he’s retired from playing, could be looking at a part-time job. The agent said Favre could end up working with Newton during the lockout. Might not be a bad idea. Newton’s had some help from Warren Moon and a private quarterbacks coach, but getting some hands-on experience with one of the best quarterbacks ever isn’t going to hurt.

Jeff Duncan writes that Reggie Bush’s actions are only enhancing the impression the running back wants out of New Orleans. He’s right. When the Saints first drafted Mark Ingram, I thought coach Sean Payton would find a way to keep both players in the backfield. Payton’s had a long and close relationship with Bush, the first player he ever drafted. But Bush sure seems to be doing everything he can to make sure that relationship breaks up.

Although there has been a ton of speculation that he wants out of Carolina, wide receiver Steve Smith still has not officially said that. In fact, Smith talked to Pro Football Weekly on Tuesday and addressed his situation.

"What I want to do is be classy and not tip my cards, be respectful to the (Panthers) organization,’’ Smith said. “It's not me saying, 'Yes, I want a trade.' It's still a family matter, and when my family feels it's the appropriate time, our actions will show how we feel."

Testimony gets under way in a civil trial for Carolina linebacker Jon Beason. Although criminal charges were dropped, Beason is being sued for damages in an incident in which a man claims he was punched by the linebacker in a night club. Beason has denied ever hitting the man.

Atlanta’s unofficial players-only minicamp that started Tuesday was attended by about 30 players, including nine of the 22 starters from last season’s playoff game. Linebacker Akeem Dent was the only rookie in attendance.

Tampa Bay defensive tackle Brian Price, who had surgery that included four screws being inserted into his pelvis, isn’t able to run yet. But Price said he continues to work on his rehabilitation and hopes to be able to run soon.