Packers Reportedly Offering Favre Money to Stay Retired, Reconsidering Trade Options
According to media reports in Wisconsin, the Green Bay Packers made a financial offer Wednesday to quarterback Brett Favre to try to induce Favre to remain retired and not report to the team's training camp.
WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee reported that the Packers offered Favre approximately $20 million over 10 years to remain retired. The offer was made during Wednesday's meeting between Favre and Packers President Mark Murphy in Hattiesburg, Miss. Favre's agent, Bus Cook, also participated and continued meeting with Murphy after Favre left. Cook told reporters following the meeting there was a good chance that Favre would report to the Packers' camp in Green Bay soon.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette also reported that the Packers raised the possibility of paying Favre to remain in retirement.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the Packers have had internal discussions about the possibility of trading Favre to a division rival like the Minnesota Vikings or Chicago Bears. Such a move would be a last resort by the Packers to prevent Favre from rejoining the team, the newspaper reported.
Packers General Manager Ted Thompson said Monday the team would not trade Favre to a fellow NFC North club. It is believed that the Vikings are the team for which Favre most wants to play. The league is investigating a tampering charge made against the Vikings by the Packers for alleged improper contact with Favre, who retired in March but changed his mind in recent weeks.
The Packers will have 24 hours to put Favre back on their roster, trade him or release him once he's reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Favre sent his reinstatement request to the league office in New York on Tuesday. Goodell did not reinstate Favre on Wednesday because he wanted to give the Packers and the quarterback more time to settle their issues.
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