- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 12, 2008

From combined dispatches

Brett Favre has asked the Packers to release him so he can return to the NFL with another team after apparently being told that his latest retirement reversal wasn’t welcome news in Green Bay.

The team said it would do “what’s right” in response to Favre’s request, which was first reported by ESPN.

“Brett earned and exercised the right to retire on his terms,” the team’s statement read.

“We wanted him to return and welcomed him back on more than one occasion. Brett’s press conference and subsequent conversations in the following weeks illustrated his commitment to retirement. The finality of his decision to retire was accepted by the organization. At that point, the Green Bay Packers made the commitment to move forward with our football team.”

The 38-year-old Favre retired March 6 after a 17-year career, but almost immediately began dropping hints that he was having second thoughts.

The Packers statement said Favre now has the right to petition NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to be reinstated, at which point he would return to the team’s active roster.

But the statement did not specify what the Packers would do after that, beyond doing “what’s right and in the best interest of the team.”

If the team has committed to moving forward without Favre, their options once he was reinstated would include trading him to another team or releasing him so he would be free to sign with the team of his choice. The Packers already have committed to going with 2005 first-round pick Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. Rodgers has been sitting behind Favre for his first three seasons in the NFL.

JONES: Suspended NFL player Adam Jones appeared before a grand jury investigating a Las Vegas strip club shooting that left a man paralyzed and two others wounded.

Attorney Robert Langford declined to comment about Jones’ testimony Thursday to the grand jury.

The Las Vegas Sun reported the grand jury questioned the 24-year-old Dallas Cowboys cornerback Jones for about 90 minutes behind closed doors and that he made no comment as he left the Clark County Regional Justice Center with Langford and a bodyguard, Robert “Big Rob” Reid.

Jones had agreed to tell authorities what he knew about the Feb. 19, 2007, shooting in return for an agreement to plead no contest last December to a disorderly conduct charge. Jones was accused by police of inciting a brawl at a strip club minutes before the shooting, which took place outside the club on the weekend of the 2007 NBA All-Star Game.

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