Packers "Wait and See" on Favre
By Jay Sorgi
HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers will "wait and see" what Brett Favre decides to do before they seek to restore their relationship, according to team president Mark Murphy.
Murphy didn't directly answer a question Tuesday evening about whether a $20 million, 10-year marketing arrangement proposed to Favre last summer was still on the table. But Murphy said he wasn't sure what the Packers' future with Favre will look like, beyond the eventual retirement of his jersey.
"Kind of like with what we have with Bart Starr and some of our other great players, we want to have him back and I think he'll be remembered as a Packer," Murphy said. "But obviously I think we all need some time to pass before we make those decisions."
That marketing deal reportedly included a merchandise line, autograph commitments, personal appearances and even a blog. The offer was made a few months after Favre's original declaration of retirement last year. Murphy has said the team will reach out in time to finalize a formal relationship.
But it's clear that time has not yet come, particularly with the rival Minnesota Vikings expressing interest.
"We said we wanted to wait and see how things play out," Murphy said, adding: "He's a rarity. Not many players at the age of 40 can still make the decision on whether they want to continue playing. So we wish him the best. But our focus is really on our team and getting ready for the season."
Favre's agent, Bus Cook, did not return a phone call Tuesday.
Murphy and players Nick Collins, Jordy Nelson and Brady Poppinga were in Hudson for the team's "Tailgate Tour" of the state to mingle with fans and raise money for local charities. Hudson is right across the river from Minnesota, where Favre speculation has swirled recently. Murphy acknowledged he's unavoidably been following the story, though not actively.
"But we're not in the eye of the storm, so to speak, as we were last year," Murphy said, echoing coach Mike McCarthy's stated encouragement to Favre to continue his career if he so desires. "We wish him the best, and at the appropriate time we'll retire his number. But that's for a later day."
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