Less than a week after rumors that retired Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre had approached the team about a possible comeback, Favre has now asked the Packers for his unconditional release so he can play for another team.
ESPN reported Friday afternoon that the 38-year old Brett Favre has formally asked for his contractual release from the Packers in a letter sent by Favre's agent, James "Bus" Cook via overnight mail that arrived at the Packers facility Friday morning.
During a conference call on Tuesday that included General Manager Ted Thompson, Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Favre and Cook, sources say the 17-year veteran quarterback stated emphatically that he wanted to play again.
During the same conference call, neither Thompson nor McCarthy were openly receptive or enthused about Favre's desire to unretire. Brett announced his retirement during an emotional news conference back on March 6th.
Favre has three years left on his contract for a total of 39-million dollars and is currently on the reserve-retired list.
Favre wants a mutual parting rather than having to force the Packers' hand by writing a letter to request his reinstatement to the active 80-man roster. Under league policy, the team would have to comply with his request or release him.
The Packers released this statement to the team late Friday afternoon:
"The Green Bay Packers are aware of the latest developments regarding Brett Favre.
"Brett earned and exercised the right to retire on his terms. 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.
"As a retired player, Brett has the option to apply for reinstatement with Commissioner Goodell. If that were to occur, he would become an active member of the Green Bay Packers. As always, the Packers will do what's right and in the best interest of the team.
"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.
"Brett and Deanna will always be a part of the Packers family."
According to ESPN, Favre would not comment Friday when news outlets in his hometown of Hattiesburg, Mississippi caught up with him as he was working out a local high school.
If Favre is reinstated by the league, the Packers will have three options:
1. Allow him to compete in training camp
2. Grant him his unconditional release
3. Trade him