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    With his family "tugging" on him to play, Brett Favre has an "itch" to come out of retirement and report to training camp with the Green Bay Packers later this month, according to sources close to the team and player.

    Favre has communicated his potential desire to coach Mike McCarthy but talks have not advanced to a substantive stage, a Packers source said.

    The source said the Packers would be reluctant to open the door for Favre because "Brett retired for the right reasons, even though I know his family is tugging on him [to play]."

    Another source conceded Favre was "getting the itch" to play football in 2008.

    However, Favre's agent downplayed the likelihood that the quarterback could un-retire or that he was prepared to report to camp July 28.

    "As far as I know, right now, Brett Favre is retired and until he tells me something different, that's what it is," James "Bus" Cook, Favre's agent, said.

    Favre was unavailable for comment. A Packers spokesman said that McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson were on vacation.

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

    Favre has two years remaining on his contract at an average of about $12.5 million per season. His salary is not currently counting toward the salary cap because the Packers placed him on the reserve-retired list.

    If Favre decides that he absolutely wants to play this season, the Packers could be confronted with a sensitive issue. The entire offseason has been spent preparing Aaron Rodgers to play quarterback to the point where "the offensive scheme has evolved" and, psychologically, closing the door on Favre's legendary 17-year career.

    "As a veteran and as a leader of the team," Packers defensive back Al Harris said on ESPN's NFL Live, "I would welcome Brett with open arms. "

    He added: "We embrace Aaron. We support Aaron. Aaron is our quarterback. Brett is retired, but if he wants to come back, there will be some guys that wouldn't mind it."

    If the Packers resist a stronger push by Favre to return, sources speculate that the quarterback could press the team to release him from his contract so that he could seek a job with another team. A league official said that Favre could force a decision by asking the Packers, in writing, to reinstate him to active status. The team would have to comply or release him.

    "That's speculation and I wouldn't go there," a team source said. "We value Brett's legacy, we think he values it, and we'd want to protect that. Brett's a high-quality person and he's not going to push it that far. He'll do the right thing [and stay retired]. This was almost predictable, the idea that Brett would get the itch to play as we get closer to the season."

    In an interview done with ESPN around the time Favre retired in early March, McCarthy predicted Favre "will have an itch to come back. I saw Joe Montana go through it, even though I was a younger coach in Kansas City at the time."

    McCarthy said it was Favre who convinced the coach that retirement was the "right thing to do."

    "I tried to talk him out of retirement," McCarthy said back in March. "Tom Clements [Green Bay's quarterbacks coach] and I were trying to sell him on the concept that he could still play at a high level with 80 to 85 percent of the commitment he had last year. Brett thought that maybe he could do it but he reasoned that when you cut back the commitment, you open yourself up to injury, to not being on top of your game -- which was very important to Brett -- and letting the team down in the process.

    "Really, what Brett did was very honorable because the stress and pressure he feels is a direct result of the standard he sets for himself."

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3471189
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  • #2
    He needs to buy a sweet vacation house in the Caribbean or something so he forgets about football. He's obviously bored as hell.
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    • #3



      hahahahahahahaha





      please dont do what Jordan or Montana did ... please!


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      • #4
        just go away brett seriously......no one cares about you anymore you has been
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        • #5
          waiting for Monk response ...


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          • #6
            Originally posted by Cott La Bong View Post
            waiting for Monk response ...
            yup

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            • #7
              wow, what a shocker...

              I hope he goes to the bears or vikings

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              • #8
                Just read this; that would be awesome if he did return...... but with all the records he set last year and all he's accomplished, I think he left on a high note. Unless there was some sort of guaranteed way that he would come back and lead the Packers to the Superbowl and win, then I don't see any reason for him to come back.

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                • #9
                  He needs to stay retried.

                  P.S. His last throw was intercepted, right?
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                  • #10
                    ^ Yes aswell as his first i believe
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                    And coming new, he'd do the same thing if he could
                    Cause in the hood true homies make you feel good

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                    • #11
                      How fitting
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                      • #12
                        lmfao first and last passes were INT's, story of his career

                        This is actually kinda sad at this point lol

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                        • #13
                          He should come back. He has a good team and a realistic shot at a championship. He would come back to a sucesful team so why the hell not?
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                          • #14
                            wow I'm shocked....

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                            • #15
                              He's been contemplating retirement for how many years now? He always would come back though.. except this past year he finally took that leap and officially retired. He shouldn't come back.. he left on a good note (obviously not winning the superbowl, but he had a great season and broke all those records), there's no need for him to come back.. sure it'd be nice to win another superbowl, but realistically, what's the chances that he would win? And it's not like he hasn't won a ring before.. he got to leave on his own, meaning injuries didn't force him to retire, so why risk it?

                              The Packers were ready to move on and start a new era, and he's holding them back now with this talk.
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