Brett Favre told the NFL Network's Steve Mariucci on Friday that he's very serious about playing again. The lingering question now appears to be whether that will happen with the Green Bay Packers.
Favre has requested his release from the Packers in a letter to the team sent through his agent, James "Bus" Cook. The request comes after a conference call Tuesday in which Favre expressed to team officials his desire to play again.
"[Favre] just felt, 'If you aren't going to have me back, then at least release me, to allow me to look for work,' " Mariucci said. " 'No hard feelings; we'll just go on with our business.'
"Right now he's feeling pretty darn good," Mariucci said, "and he's very serious about playing."
"Brett earned and exercised the right to retire on his terms," the statement read. "We wanted him to return and welcomed him back on more than one occasion. Brett's press conference and subsequent conversations in the following weeks illustrated his commitment to retirement. The finality of his decision to retire was accepted by the organization. At that point, the Green Bay Packers made the commitment to move forward with our football team."
"If they will not have him in Green Bay and he wants to play and he's ready and able to play, yes, he would consider playing for someone else," Mariucci said. "As hard as I think that is to imagine, I think the answer is yes, he would consider playing for someone else if it's not going to happen in Green Bay."
Once the league is notified, the Packers would have approximately 24 hours to make a decision to either activate or release Favre.