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Saturday, July 19, 2008
Is the time right to move ahead in Green Bay?


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

GREEN BAY, WIS. -- It could never happen this way, right? Too easy, huh?

Brett Favre is not only in Green Bay, but as we type these words he is sitting in the atrium of Lambeau Field, waiting to induct his friend Frank Winters into the Packers Hall of Fame. Somewhere in the same room, we're told, is Packers general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy.

(The event is closed to the media, so we can't tell you for certain that Thompson and McCarthy are there. They were scheduled to be.)

Assuming everyone is here, how hard would it be for Favre, Thompson and McCarthy to lock themselves in an office and find an endgame to the month-long public drama that has engulfed the franchise? There are hard feelings on both sides, to be sure, but what better time will there be to resolve those problems?

There are many who believe Favre's bridge to playing again in Green Bay is permanently burned. But at some point, he and the Packers are going to have to solve this problem. Even if Favre decides to remain retired, there is still the issue of his long-term relationship with the franchise.

Absent a reconciliation, would Favre consent to having his jersey retired at Lambeau Field? Would he participate in alumni events? Or would one of the most celebrated players in Packers history enter retirement estranged from the organization?

There is a lot of pride and a few egos involved. But with players reporting to training camp a week from Sunday, the timing for a resolution will never be better.