Brett Favre tells Jets he’s retiring

According to ESPN.com’s Chris Mortensen, Brett Favre has instructed his agent Bus Cook to notify the Jets that he is retiring.

In an e-mail to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Favre indicated he had no regrets about finishing his career with the Jets rather than with the Green Bay Packers franchise he represented for his previous 16 NFL seasons. He specifically praised Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, team owner Woody Johnson and fired coach Eric Mangini — and even mentioned Thomas Jones and Kerry Rhodes, both of whom were publicly critical of Favre after the team’s collapse in the final month of the season prevented the Jets from making the playoffs.

While Favre did not directly broach the subject of the team simply releasing him so that he might have the option of signing with another team such as the Minnesota Vikings, a source said that Cook informally discussed the option with the Jets. The Jets respectfully declined that option, the source said.

The retirement decision should not have surprised the Jets even though the team had publicly encouraged Favre to play another season. Favre informed Tannenbaum before the Super Bowl that he was leaning toward retirement. At some point within the past week, Favre told Cook to inform the Jets that he wanted to retire without fanfare and that the team could make the decision public at its convenience.

I hate to sound like a pessimist, but we’ve all been down this road before. In fact, we went down this road last year only to have Favre pull an about face and say he wanted to play again. Maybe he does want to officially hang it up with the amount of pain he had to play with at the end of the season last year. Or maybe this is his way of sneaking out the backdoor only to return again in a couple of months.

Nobody knows what’s going through his mind right now. If he is done, hey, it’s been one of the best rides for Packer and football fans alike and Brett was one of the best. He gave a lot of people a lot of great memories, but let’s hold off for the next couple months and see how this situation plays out before assuming he is officially retiring.

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