Brett Favre is officially back in the NFL after Commissioner Roger Goodell granted his request for reinstatement into the league, and the move has caused the Green Bay Packers to reverse their strong-armed stance that Favre will not be their starting quarterback.
According to what a source told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Favre will be given the opportunity to compete for the starting job with Aaron Rodgers, who has spent the entire offseason preparing to be the starter that replaces Favre.
Since Favre has been talking about making a comeback and unretiring, the Packers have said he could return to the team in a backup role. They then started looking for opportunitites to trade him, but said they wouldn't trade him within the NFC North. Numerous reports say Favre would favor playing for the Vikings, but that won't happen if the Packers hold firm to their latest stance on Sunday.
The Packers released a statement Sunday acknowledging Favre's return and saying that more information about the team's plans moving forward would be made public after head coach Mike McCarthy has a chance to discuss the play with his existing quarterbacks.
Here is the statement from Packers CEO Mark Murphy:
"Sixteen years after Brett Favre came to the Packers, he is returning for a seventeenth season. He has had a great career with our organization and although we built this year around the assumption that Brett meant what he said about retiring, Brett is coming back. We will welcome him back and turn this situation to our advantage.
"Frankly, Brett's change of mind put us in a very difficult spot. We now will revise many actions and assumptions about our long-term future, all predicated on Brett's decision last March to retire. As a result of his decision, we invested considerably in a new and different future without Brett and we were obviously moving in that direction. That's why this wasn't easy. Having crossed the Rubicon once when Brett decided to retire, it's very difficult to reorient our plans and cross it again in the opposite direction – but we'll put this to our advantage.
"Brett will be in camp tomorrow. Although there has been uncertainty regarding Brett's return, Ted Thompson and Coach McCarthy had previously discussed this and have had a plan in place. Coach McCarthy will talk to the team and the quarterbacks about the plan moving forward, and after he has done that we will share it publicly.
"No matter what, I look forward to another successful season for the Packers and our fans. This has been a tough situation, but the Packers will make the most of it."
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