Packers Offer Favre $20M to Stay Home

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2008 8:12 AM CDT
Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre talks during a news conference before the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame induction banquet Saturday, July 19, 2008, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.   (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
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(Newser) – The Packers are desperate to keep Brett Favre retired and they’re willing to pay handsomely for the privilege, ESPN reports. Packers president Mark Murphy met with the quarterback yesterday and reportedly offered him roughly $20 million over several years to stay retired. Murphy would say only that he’d had a “nice visit,” and discussed “Brett’s long-term relationship with the Packers.”

The meeting took place at the office of James Cook, Favre’s agent. After the meeting, Cook said Favre might head to training camp tomorrow. “He would love to go back in Green Bay,” Cook said. “"I mean, that's why he started working out. But right now, it looks like he'll be the quarterback at Oak Grove High School.”