What they're saying about Brett Favre

Updated: July 18, 2008, 3:17 PM ET
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Reaction from around the NFL to retired quarterback Brett Favre's request of the Packers to release him and their counter that he can return in an undetermined role:


"There's no way he's going to be back in that locker room now. Absolutely, positively no way. ... I don't think he serves himself or anybody any good by coming back. Bottom line is this: If this was anybody else, this wouldn't be a conversation, because they'd be like, 'Man, you're retired. Go on about your business. What's wrong with you?' "

    -- Former Raiders receiver Tim Brown


"Understand that it is a business and that at some point it is going to come down to business over feelings. ... Players have to understand that it is going to come down to that, whether it's Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott. Eventually, it is going to come to a point when the team says as great as your were, it's diminishing returns now and we've got to move on. There's a lesson for all of us coaches, general managers, players: You can be replaced."

    -- Colts coach Tony Dungy


"I think [the Packers] are making a mistake. If they don't want [Favre] back, that's one thing. Release him, let him go to another team, but don't tell him he can come back but he's going to be a backup. That's not fair to Brett Favre and everything he's done for the organization."

    -- Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson