Favre on deadline

No. 4 has 40 days to decide whether he'll come back for a 15th NFL season.

Packers coach Mike Sherman during his season-ending news conference Monday said he has given Favre until March 2, the opening day of free agency, to decide whether he will be under center next season.

"He's going to take that time and he'll make a good decision from there," Sherman said. "I said, ‘You're making it for your family and those are the proper decisions. It's worth it, make it for your family.' But if you're making it based on performance or you're tired right now or whatever, I'm behind you. I want you here and we'll do everything to get you back here."

Sherman reiterated what he told Favre after the playoff loss to Minnesota. Favre contemplated retiring after throwing four interceptions in a 31-17 NFC wild-card defeat. After the game, Sherman told Favre not to make a decision based on one bad game, especially considering he compiled just his third season of 30 touchdown passes and 4,000 yards passing.

"I told him if he's going to make that decision based on his performance, then he should keep playing: ‘Don't be detracted or deterred by the poor game that we just played,' " Sherman said. "And don't come back because of that reason, because he's done enough in this league that that should not be an indicator for him to make a decision off of, good or bad."

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