Both parties are talking, Goodell said in an interview with the NFL Network on Saturday. I think the discussions are moving ahead and I hope we have something resolved by Monday. I think weve gotten to the point where we kind of have to force it.
Goodell was not going to grant Favres reinstatement request Saturday, NFL spokesman Randall Liu said. Favre submitted a letter requesting reinstatement from the Packers reserve/retired list Tuesday, but Goodell has held off approving it in hopes that Favre and the Packers could resolve their dispute.
Favre is having second thoughts about playing this season after retiring in March. But even after three weeks worth of rising tensions between Favre and the team, he apparently still might stay retired.
Favre is considering the Packers offer of a marketing agreement worth a reported $20 million over 10 years. The value of the deal could be driven even higher during negotiations between Favre and the team over the weekend.
If he accepts the deal this weekend, he presumably wont report to Packers training camp to cause a major distraction to the team and might abandon his bid to end retirement entirely.
Still, Favre could be reinstated and show up to Packers camp early next week. Once Favre is reinstated, the Packers will have 24 hours to decide whether to release him or add him to their active roster.
Favre arrival would create a media frenzy in Packers camp, and might force team officials to redouble their efforts to trade him or reconsider their decision not to release him.
The Packers fear Favre would sign with division rival Minnesota immediately after being released, and have filed tampering charges against the Vikings alleging the team had inappropriate dialogue with Favre.
In the most unlikely scenario, Favre would linger on the Packers roster as a $12 million backup to Aaron Rodgers.
Primarily, it starts with whether Brett Favre wants to play football and then, second, whether the Packers want him to play for them, Goodell said. Thats pretty much what it comes down to.
Goodell said the Packers are being reasonable in their dispute with Favre.
These are difficult, emotional issues that theyre dealing with, Goodell said.
In a visit to Cincinnati Bengals training camp earlier Saturday, Goodell said he wasnt trying to interject himself into the Favre situation.
I was interjected into it because there was a tampering charge initially, Goodell said. Im not looking for things to interject myself to. Its an issue that needs to be addressed because of the competing interests. You want to make sure its done properly and within our rules. This is an issue that ultimately has to be decided between Brett and the Packers.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy again praised his players for not allowing the Favre situation to distract them.
Whats going on between Brett and the organization is something that the players and coaches, we cannot handle, McCarthy said Saturday. Were not involved in it. I think they did a good job from a responsibility standpoint dealing with it for about two days, but the focus has been on improving.