Category: Packer Reports

Favre Asks For Release

"I'm just tired."

Those were the words Brett Favre used when he retired March 6th, after a 17-year NFL career. After nearly four months away from the rigors of offseason training, perhaps the legendary Packers quarterback has been reinvigorated.

On Wednesday, a former Favre teammate in Green Bay said the QB may not be gone for good.

"I know he has the itch to come back and play," Packers cornerback Al Harris said on ESPN's NFL Live. "If he will or not, I don't know."  

The Packers are grooming Aaron Rodgers as their quarterback for the upcoming season.

"Aaron is our quarterback," Harris said. "Brett's retired. But if he wanted to come back, there would be some guys who wouldn't mind it. I would welcome him back with open arms."


Later Wednesday, the Wisconsin State Journal reported an NFL source said that Favre, or his agent Bus Cook, contacted the Packers about returning, and the conversation ended in him asking the club for his release.

The Packers refused.

By asking for a release, Farve would be able to pursue playing for another team in the NFL.

The Packers placed Favre on the reserve/retired list on April 25 and continue to hold his rights, which they could trade to an interested team if Favre wants to come back and is willing to do so with another club.

"The Packers have no reaction," team spokesman Jeff Blumb told The Associated Press.

Favre's agent, James 'Bus' Cook, didn't return a message left by The Associated Press seeking comment.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy were on vacation.

Favre has two years left on his contract at an average of about $12.5 million per season. The Packers placed him on the reserve-retired list in the spring so his salary does not now count toward the cap.

Thompson put Favre on the retired/reserve list, officially removing him from the team's roster on Friday, April 25th, the day before the draft, when they selected quarterbacks Brian Brohm, Louisville, and Matt Flynn, LSU.

"Today’s moves are procedural in nature," said Thompson. "Both (head coach) Mike McCarthy and I have spoken to Brett over the past several days. Brett knew this change in his roster status was coming, and he fully understood our need to make the move in advance of the NFL Draft.

"The NFL does not require a letter for a player to be placed in a reserve/retired status. Brett has announced his retirement publicly and this is simply a personnel transaction made to develop a roster opportunity for the Packers."

Favre's commitment to retirement has been questioned since his announcement. That talk resumed in mid-June when Favre withdrew from the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe, scheduled for July 11-13.

Tournament spokesman Steve Griffith said then that Favre had to miss the event because of a scheduling conflict.

Deanna Favre had told the press during Favre's farewell press conference the couple had agreed to no public appearances, yet Favre has done several, including the Late Show with David Letterman, and most recently participated in a youth football camp last week on the campus of William & Mary.

Click Here: Favre at William & Mary

Later this month, he is scheduled to speak on behalf of his former center Frank Winters, when he is inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame. And Favre is to be honored with the retirement of his jersey at the season opener against the Vikings on Monday Night Football. 

When he retired, a teary Favre said, "I've given everything I possibly could give to this organization, the game of football, and I don't think I've got anything left to give And that's it. I know I can play. But I don't think I want to."

But less than two months later, he told a reporter he might be open to returning if Rodgers was injured, and was asked back to fill-in.

Favre, a three-time MVP, leads the league with 442 touchdown passes, 61,655 yards passing and 160 career victories. He started 253 consecutive regular-season games, more than any other quarterback in history. Including the playoffs, his streak stands at 275.

Rodgers, meanwhile, has stirred up controversy himself this week. In a Sports Illustrated article, the quarterback said he didn't need to prove anything to the fans. "I don't feel I need to sell myself to the fans," he said in the article. "They need to get on board now or keep their mouths shut." He later told Wisconsin newspapers that while didn't deny making the statement, he cares deeply about Packers fans, citing his community service projects around the state the past three seasons.

– Mike Clemens

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