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Brett Favre 99.9% Sure He’ll Retire a Packer

Brett Favre told Bob Costas he’ll retire as a Green Bay Packer, but left open the possibility that he’d play for someone else if the team is ready to rebuild without him.

Although Brett Favre says he’s “99.9 percent” sure he’ll retire as a Green Bay Packer, he can’t rule out the possibility he might finish his career with another team. But before Cheesehead Nation begins trembling at the thought of seeing Favre in some shade of teal — or, worse yet, wearing Vikings horns — note that the 36-year-old said he’d only consider playing elsewhere if the Packers decided they wanted to rebuild without him.

In a taped interview scheduled to air on the HBO show “Costas Now” on Wednesday night, Favre was asked if he might be tempted to play for a team that appeared to be only a quarterback away from Super Bowl contention. “I can’t say it wouldn’t happen,” Favre said, according to an advance transcript. “If it comes to a point where they do start over, and I feel like I can play and they say, ‘Brett, if you want to go somewhere else, go ahead, but we’ve got to start over, it’s time for us to rebuild. It just doesn’t make sense, so do what you want.’ If I got the itch at some point, I can’t say no.”

Asked on Wednesday about that comment, which could be interpreted as a position shift for Favre, who previously maintained he’d rather retire than play for another team, Favre said he wasn’t trying to send a message to fans that they should start preparing for his departure. “I said, ‘I’ve always said I’ll play in Green Bay, love to play in Green Bay, loyal, this is home to me.’ And I still believe that,” Favre said. But if the Packers didn’t want him back and he was just sitting at home next offseason? “Would I consider playing for someone else? I guess I would,” Favre said. “Do I think that’ll happen? I’m 99.9 percent sure that that won’t happen. So, that’s it.”


Although Favre admits he has concerns about how the Packers’ two rookie starting guards will hold up against the Chicago Bears’ ultra-quick defensive front in the opener at Lambeau Field on Sunday, he’s generally excited about starting the season. “I’m not going to sit here and say I don’t mind getting hit every week, play after play,” Favre said. “I’m not going to say that. But I have to admit I’m very optimistic about this season until something else happens, until a point where I say, ‘There’s no need to be optimistic anymore.’ But I like the way we do things.”

And he says he’s happy he decided to return to the Packers. “I have no idea what’s going to happen this season, but so far I’ve been energetic in camp and happy to be here,” Favre said. “I think the rest of the guys are that way. Do I think we’ll struggle at times? Absolutely. But my first year here, not knowing any different, as I look back we went 9-7 and got on a six-game win streak and we weren’t very good. We were well-coached, but we were not very good, and we somehow found a way to get it done.

“Do I think this team can do it? Absolutely.”

My guess is they’ll finish third in their division, ahead of only the Detroit Lions. And, aside from sentiment and whatever salary cap issues were at play, it made no sense to bring Favre back this season. The team is rebuilding and they spent a 1st round pick on a quarterback in 2005. It’s time to move on.

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