- Though the Green Bay Packers say Brett
Favre has put them in a difficult situation, they're prepared to
welcome him back.
The NFL announced Sunday that Favre will be reinstated and added
to the Packers' active roster on Monday. Commissioner Roger Goodell
had held off on granting Favre's request for reinstatement for
nearly a week, hoping Favre and the team could resolve their
"Although we built this year around the assumption that Brett
meant what he said about retiring, Brett is coming back," said
team president and CEO Mark Murphy. "We will welcome him back and
turn this situation to our advantage."
The reinstatement will become effective at 1 p.m. EDT Monday,
when Favre will be added to the Packers' active roster. By
reinstating Favre, Goodell is following through on a recent promise
to force action.
Earlier this week, the team offered Favre a long-term,
multimillion-dollar marketing agreement that likely would have kept
him retired. But Favre's decision to report to camp makes such an
agreement less likely.
A trade remains a possibility.
"Frankly, Brett's change of mind put us in a very difficult
spot," Murphy said in a statement released by the team. "We now
will revise many actions and assumptions about our long-term
future, all predicated on Brett's decision last March to retire.
"As a result of his decision, we invested considerably in a new
and different future without Brett and we were obviously moving in
that direction. That's why this wasn't easy. Having crossed the
Rubicon once when Brett decided to retire, it's very difficult to
reorient our plans and cross it again in the opposite direction -
but we'll put this to our advantage."
Could reorienting their plans include a competition between
Favre and Aaron Rodgers for the starting job? Team officials have
maintained that if Favre returned to the Packers, it would be in
some role other than as the starter - and have said Rodgers is
In his statement, Murphy said only that coach Mike McCarthy
would "talk to the team and the quarterbacks about the plan moving
forward, and after he has done that we will share it publicly."
Earlier Sunday, Favre's agent, James "Bus" Cook, confirmed
that Favre planned to fly to Green Bay on Sunday and report to the
Packers on Monday.
"That's the plan," Cook said in an e-mail to The Associated
Favre could be on the field as early as Tuesday.
Favre retired in March but has been having second thoughts. Team
officials have insisted they are moving on with Rodgers, though,
causing tensions to rise between Favre and the team.
Team officials publicly have ruled out releasing Favre, fearing
he would immediately sign with division rival Minnesota.
The team has a scrimmage at Lambeau Field on Sunday night, then
does not have another scheduled public practice until Tuesday
morning. Favre's arrival in training camp could cause a major
disruption to the team, although he would not likely begin
practicing with the Packers right away.
McCarthy has said the Packers had a plan in place should Favre
report to camp. He first would have to pass a physical exam and a
conditioning test, then would likely be limited to individual
Goodell told the NFL Network on Saturday that he thinks the
situation has lingered long enough.
"I think we have to force it," Goodell said. "I think it's
come to the point where there need to be some decisions made on
behalf of the Packers, on behalf of Brett, on behalf of all the