The meeting, and wait, continues

The wait continues. There is no word on when the Packers will hold a news conference to discuss the fate of Brett Favre. Favre, meanwhile, tells ESPN that "we're at a stalemate," and a parting of the ways seems more and more likely.

Acknowledging that both sides are at a "stalemate," Brett Favre told ESPN's Chris Mortensen at midday Tuesday that the "best thing for this team is for us to part ways."

Favre and Packers coach Mike McCarthy continued their meeting on Tuesday. Their meeting began on Monday evening, which was supposed to lead to the Packers telling reporters about the next step in the saga.

Instead, reporters were sent home, and a news conference has not been scheduled for today.

"They're still talking, and I don't know how much longer it's going to go," said Packers spokesman Jeff Blumb before a crowded media auditorium in Lambeau Field on Monday night. "What does it mean? It just means they're still talking. Rather than keeping everyone here until we don't know how long, as a courtesy to you guys, we've decided that we're going to just try again tomorrow."

But there's no telling when a news conference will be scheduled, and at this point, it appears any media gathering might be to announce a trade. And if a trade can't be consummated, it's possible Favre takes the 10-year personal-services contract and pockets up to $25 million to stay retired.

"We're at a stalemate," Favre told Mortensen. "Mike and I both agreed last night that me being out there is a distraction and will continue to be a distraction. We all know the reason I'm here is because the commissioner (Roger Goodell) reinstated me so we have a lot of things to figure out. It's simple and complicated, both at the same time."

According to FoxSports.com's Jay Glazer, the Packers and Favre agreed an open competition between Favre and Aaron Rodgers would not be in the best interests of team chemistry. Favre repeated that sentiment to Mortensen.

"Mike told me, hey, we're a better team with you on it but wanted to know if I have a problem with an open competition," Favre said. "I don't have a problem with competing — you know that, but Aaron should be the starter right now because he's been out here all this time. This is more than about an open competition and I can do that, absolutely, but this is going to be mass confusion and that's not good for this team.

"I'll practice my butt off, if it comes to that, and I think we all know what the end result will be, but this probably isn't going to work. And I truly understand that if I was in Mike's shoes, I'd see it basically the same way he sees it, I'm sure. And I think if he was in my shoes, he'd see it my way. I think we both agree on that.

"They want to know if I'm committed, but I want to know if they're 100 percent committed. The problem is that there's been a lot of damage done and I can't forget it. Stuff has been said, stories planted that just aren't true. Can I get over all that? I doubt it."

Favre, according to Glazer and ESPN, prefers a trade to an NFC North rivals Minnesota or Chicago. The Packers would prefer not to face Favre twice a year. So, as has been the case for weeks, the two sides appear to be at loggerheads.

Monday's meeting started at 6 p.m., and McCarthy and Favre left Lambeau Field in separate vehicles at about 11:20 p.m. Reportedly, the meeting ended at about 10:30 p.m.

With the meeting dragging on, Favre almost certainly will be on the practice field for today's 2 p.m. practice. And if both sides feel a trade is the only option, No. 4 may never step on the Packers' practice field again.

"They can say they welcome me back but, come on, the way they've treated me tells you the truth," Favre said. "They don't want me back, so let's move on. I don't know where it's headed. We'll see."


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