Only Favre knows what he wants to do

Seeing Brett Favre returning to play football in 2008 would be surprising, but so was his retirement announcement, says Packer Report's Todd Korth

Will Brett Favre return to play football this season? That's the topic of the day, but still very difficult to believe he will return to play with either the Packers or another NFL team.

However, the Los Angeles Times published a story today that indicates Favre has been "weighing a comeback with another team."

Favre's agent, Bus Cook, denied any thought of a comeback. Packers general manager Ted Thompson says "We don't know anything about it, and it's inconceivable." Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters at the NFL owners meetings this week that he is sure Favre will stay retired.

While it appears that Favre will not change his mind and pursue playing football this season, at least from those who speak with him on a regular basis, there are reasons to believe that he might return, either with the Packers or a different team.

Favre has yet to sign his retirement papers. While it is not out of the ordinary for players to wait a few months before signing the papers, they usually wait just in case they have an opportunity to play with their team, or another team, or they simply change their mind and declare they are 'unretired.' It happens.

The fact that Favre hasn't signed his retirement papers doesn't mean he is weighing a return, but the LA Times story is intriguing. A major news outlet like that wouldn't publish a story unless it had evidence through a reliable contact to back up the story. There might be some truth to the matter that Favre is shopping around for a new team.

The Packers own the rights to Favre. They could welcome him back, if he decided he wants to play again, or trade him to a different team. Favre also could sign the retirement papers, then come out of retirement as a free agent, making him eligible to sign with any team in the league.

To see Favre suit up with another NFL team would be quite surprising, especially from a guy who has said many times he will only play with one team, the Green Bay Packers. But to see him walk to the podium on March 6 and announce that he is retiring from football was just as surprising considering how well he played last season.

Only Favre knows if he wants to extend his football career, or not. Chances are he will remain retired, but Packers fans are quickly learning not to be surprised by Favre's surprising decisions.

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