Pack will welcome Favre back
AP Sports Writer
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Though the Green Bay Packers say Brett Favre has put them in a difficult situation, they’re prepared to welcome him back.
The NFL announced Sunday that Favre will be reinstated and added to the Packers’ active roster on Monday. Commissioner Roger Goodell had held off on granting Favre’s request for reinstatement for nearly a week, hoping Favre and the team could resolve their standoff.
“Although we built this year around the assumption that Brett meant what he said about retiring, Brett is coming back,” said team president and CEO Mark Murphy. “We will welcome him back and turn this situation to our advantage.”
The reinstatement will become effective at 1 p.m. EDT Monday, when Favre will be added to the Packers’ active roster. By reinstating Favre, Goodell is following through on a recent promise to force action.
Earlier this week, the team offered Favre a long-term, multimillion-dollar marketing agreement that likely would have kept him retired. But Favre’s decision to report to camp makes such an agreement less likely.
A trade remains a possibility.
“Frankly, Brett’s change of mind put us in a very difficult spot,” Murphy said in a statement released by the team. “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.”
Could reorienting their plans include a competition between Favre and Aaron Rodgers for the starting job? Team officials have maintained that if Favre returned to the Packers, it would be in some role other than as the starter ” and have said Rodgers is their starter.
In his statement, Murphy said only that coach Mike McCarthy would “talk to the team and the quarterbacks about the plan moving forward, and after he has done that we will share it publicly.”
Earlier Sunday, Favre’s agent, James “Bus” Cook, confirmed that Favre planned to fly to Green Bay on Sunday and report to the Packers on Monday.
“That’s the plan,” Cook said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
Favre could be on the field as early as Tuesday.
Favre retired in March but has been having second thoughts. Team officials have insisted they are moving on with Rodgers, though, causing tensions to rise between Favre and the team.
Team officials publicly have ruled out releasing Favre, fearing he would immediately sign with division rival Minnesota.
The team has a scrimmage at Lambeau Field on Sunday night, then does not have another scheduled public practice until Tuesday morning. Favre’s arrival in training camp could cause a major disruption to the team, although he would not likely begin practicing with the Packers right away.
McCarthy has said the Packers had a plan in place should Favre report to camp. He first would have to pass a physical exam and a conditioning test, then would likely be limited to individual drills.
Goodell told the NFL Network on Saturday that he thinks the situation has lingered long enough.
“I think we have to force it,” Goodell said. “I think it’s come to the point where there need to be some decisions made on behalf of the Packers, on behalf of Brett, on behalf of all the fans.”
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