There’s evidence to suggest the Packers and Brett Favre are willing to play nice after Favre’s bitter departure from Green Bay five years ago.
President Mark Murphy has made it clear the club wants to give Favre his due by retiring his jersey, and the quarterback himself has indicated he will eventually return to Green Bay.
However, Murphy indicated Tuesday that the Packers are unlikely to retire Favre’s No. 4 in 2013.
“I don’t anticipate that, no,” Murphy said, per the Associated Press.
According to the AP, Murphy wouldn’t give a timetable for honoring Favre, but as he’s done before, he signaled a willingness for the franchise to honor one of its greatest players.
“I can’t tell you exactly what time might be right,” Murphy said, according to the AP. “But I am optimistic that you will see it.
Earlier in July, Murphy told Packers.com in a reader email feature that the club would like to retire Favre’s jersey before he’s inducted into the Hall of Fame. Murphy, for his part, told Packers.com that Favre will be inducted in 2016. This leaves 2014 and 2015 as prime seasons for the Packers to take No. 4 out of rotation once and for all in a ceremony that will have the eyes of the league upon it, give Favre’s spectacular career in Green Bay and his memorable departure to New York, then Minnesota.