x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Favre sets ball rolling on return

Brett Favre moved closer to resuming his football career after he faxed his reinstatement letter to the NFL.

Brett Favre moved closer to resuming his football career after he faxed his reinstatement letter to the NFL. Favre's actions, which were confirmed by league officials, now force the Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson to make a decision regarding the quarterback's future. Once Favre is granted his reinstatement - a step considered a formality - by commissioner Roger Goodell, the Packers will have 24 hours to release Favre or return him to their active roster. Thompson has already said the team would not release the future Hall of Famer.

It is possible Favre could show up at training camp this week as he looks to restart his career. He delayed reporting to training camp this past weekend. He said in an interview with si.com that Thompson asked him for "a couple of days to resolve the situation." The Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that he has already committed to Aaron Rodgers as his starting quarterback for this season. Favre has offered to compete for the starting job in training camp, but he said that he was told by the team that is not a viable option to them.

If Favre, 38, is to continue his football career, the only way looks to be through a trade. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been the team most prominently mentioned as a place where Favre could land, while the the Minnesota Vikings are another option. * PA Sport