GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Green Bay Packers have a message for Brett Favre.
Come back, all is forgiven.
All the sniping, public and private, with successor Aaron Rodgers.
All the bad feelings that five years ago led to Favre's trade to the New York Jets.
All the eye-poking by both sides that went on after the disgruntled quarterback left Green Bay, feeling dumped and unappreciated after 16 storied seasons with the Pack.
Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy wants to hug it out and let Lambeau bygones be bygones.
The relationship that has been frostier than a January morning at Lambeau Field is warming.
"We want to have (Favre) back in the family," Murphy told FOXSportsWisconsin.com during the team's eighth-annual Tailgate Tour.
The two MVP quarterbacks, never good friends, seem to have reached a level of co-existence. In February, they joined each other as presenters at the NFL Honors show.
"I thought he and Aaron jointly presenting the Comeback Player of the Year Award was a great first step," Murphy said. "We're hopeful to have (Favre) back in the fold and get him back involved in the organization soon."
You know the story: In March 2008, Favre retired, and the Packers, with Rodgers waiting his turn after being drafted in the first round in 2005, were ready to move on. And when Favre announced he had made a hasty decision and wanted to come back, the Packers slammed the door and eventually traded the three-time NFL MVP to the Jets. From there, Favre went to the Minnesota Vikings before retiring. (Not that he didn't keep hinting for a while that he'd come back again.)
But after Favre and Rodgers laughed together on stage, there is hope that Favre, willing to forgive his perceived betrayal, will return to the Green Bay family.
"I thought it was good timing to just let the fans know, to let Brett know, let's move forward," Rodgers said on his radio show in February. "Let's heal things up and move forward."
Murphy has said the would like to retire Favre's jersey and it appears it could happen this season.
"It's got to be the right time for him and us," Murphy said. "That (retiring Favre's jersey soon) will happen."
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