Packers Beg Favre to Stay Home
But will legend listen?
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2008 11:38 AM CDT
Fans hold up signs to bring back Brett Favre at football training camp Tuesday, July 29, 2008, in Green Bay, Wis.    (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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(Newser) – Packers President Mark Murphy is flying to Mississippi in a last ditch attempt to convince Brett Favre to stay retired, or at least avoid training camp, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. “They’re asking him not to come,” a source said. “They don’t want him up there.” If Favre does show up, only unappealing options remain for the Packers.

Since GM Ted Thompson is nowhere close to trading Favre, it seems likely he will soon be part of Green Bay’s 80-man roster. Thompson is in a bind because the most interested buyers, Minnesota and Chicago, are both bitter NFC North rivals. Says the Packers coach: “Brett Favre is still ... an asset to our football team. The plan for Brett Favre will be discussed with Brett Favre first, and then we'll make it aware to the public.”