ESPN: Brett Favre Asks For Release From Packers

Brett Favre is serious about coming back to play in the NFL. So serious, that he’s asked for his unconditional release from the Packers.

Brett Favre face close-up

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that the Favre’s agent James “Bus” Cook sent a letter that arrived at the Packers’ practice facility Friday morning. The letter apparently asked the team to release Brett from his contract, which still has three years and $39 million remaining.

Mortensen explains how Brett’s release demand came about:

During a conference call on Tuesday that included Packers general manager Ted Thompson, Packers coach Mike McCarthy, Favre and Cook, sources say that the quarterback stated emphatically that he wanted to play again.

Favre was reminded by the Packers’ brass that it was in March when the quarterback said publicly and privately that he wasn’t 100 percent committed to football, sources said. Favre acknowledged his state of mind at the time, but added that he never felt he was a 100 percent committed in March of previous years, either. Favre felt he had to make a decision to retire because the Packers were pressing him for an answer, a source said.

During the same conference call on Tuesday, neither Thompson nor McCarthy were openly receptive or enthused about Favre’s desire to un-retire, the sources said, prompting Favre to direct Cook to request his release from the Packers.

So far, neither Thompson nor McCarthy have made any comments about the latest situation. In the meantime, Brett has been working out at the local high school in Hattiesburg, MS, keeping himself in shape in both body & mind:

Favre was relaxed and in a positive frame of mind, joking and telling stories about himself, former teammates and coaches. He planned to continue working out next week.

So, he’s ready to come back, but it likely won’t be in northeast Wisconsin. One team down, 31 more to go.