Personal services agreement was on table

$20 million deal not a bribe to keep Favre away, according to report

The Green Bay Packers have offered Brett Favre a $20 million personal services contract offer, but that offer was on the table long before team president Mark Murphy met with Favre and his agent on Wednesday, according to a report.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported late Wednesday night that a source close to the negotiations said the contract offer "was part of an ongoing negotiation on a long-term marketing and licensing agreement between the sides — and not a last-ditch attempt to pay Favre to stay away from training camp."

Favre told ESPN that he is considering the offer, but he still wants to play football.

The Packers and Favre have been discussing the $20 million personal services contract since Favre first announced his retirement from football in early March, according to the State Journal.

"In no way were they trying to bribe Brett or buy their way out of the situation," the source told the State Journal. "That's just not something they'd do. They started talking to (the Favres) about this shortly after he retired."

According to the source, Favre agent, Bus Cook, and the Packers have continued to discuss such a deal throughout the melodrama that has unfolded regarding Favre's desire to play football again.

"They've continued to pursue this, regardless of the football situation," the source said. "It's really been on parallel tracks."

The story of the personal services contract offer began when, citing sources close to Favre, WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee reported Murphy presented Favre and Cook with an offer in which the Packers would pay Favre $2 million per year over the next 10 years to stay retired.

Favre is currently awaiting word from the NFL regarding his reinstatement. As soon as he is given the OK, it is possible that he may join the Packers in training camp, though, the Packers are reportedly trying to work out a trade with another team to resolve the situation.

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