The thaw between the Packers and former quarterback Brett Favre has been a gradual process, but team president Mark Murphy hopes it picks up speed.
Murphy told Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette that he hopes they can get Favre’s number retired before he’s expected to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
“There’s been pretty open dialogue,” Murphy said. “I do anticipate that we will see that sooner rather than later. . . .
“We’d like to be able to retire his number and have him go into our Hall of Fame prior to 2016.”
There have been signs that the once-chilly relationship is getting warmer in stages, with Favre and replacement Aaron Rodgers seeming like human beings in each others’ presence last year at the Super Bowl,
The Packers have only retired five numbers in the past — Tony Canadeo (3), Don Hutson (14), Bart Starr (15), Ray Nitschke (66) and Reggie White (92) — and hope to add a 4 soon.