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 Brett Favre has asked the Packers to release him so he can return to the NFL with another team after apparently being told that his latest retirement reversal wasn't welcome news in Green Bay.
The team said it would do ``what's right'' in response to Favre's request, which was first reported by ESPN..
``Brett earned and exercised the right to retire on his terms,'' the team's statement read.
``We wanted him to return and welcomed him back on more than one occasion. Brett's press conference and subsequent conversations in the following weeks illustrated his commitment to retirement. The finality of his decision to retire was accepted by the organization. At that point, the Green Bay Packers made the commitment to move forward with our football team.''
The 38-year-old Favre retired March 6 after a 17-year career, but almost immediately began dropping hints that he was having second thoughts.
The Packers statement said Favre now has the right to petition NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to be reinstated, at which point he would return to the team's active roster.
But the statement did not specify what the Packers would do after that, beyond doing ``what's right and in the best interest of the team.''
If the team has committed to moving forward without Favre, their options once he was reinstated would include trading him to another team or releasing him so he would be free to sign with the team of his choice. The Packers already have committed to going at quarterback with Aaron Rodgers, a first-round pick in 2005 who has been sitting behind Favre for his first three seasons in the NFL.
Releasing Favre presents the possibility of him signing with NFC North rivals Minnesota or Chicago, where he would be an upgrade over the incumbent QBs. If the Packers traded him, there would be teams outside the division such as Baltimore or Tampa Bay and perhaps Washington that would be interested. There also has been speculation that he could go to Miami for disgruntled defensive end Jason Taylor, the 2006 defensive player of the year.
It would be an ugly end to what has been one of the most celebrated partnerships in recent NFL history.
``As with all Packers greats, Brett's legacy will always be celebrated by our fans and the organization, regardless of any change in his personal intentions,'' the statement read. ``Brett and Deanna will always be a part of the Packers family.''
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Friday that sources close to Favre and the team told him agent James ``Bus'' Cook formally asked the Packers for Favre's release in a letter because the Packers were not receptive about Favre wanting to play again.
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