Brett Favre could end up calling the Green Bay Packers' bluff by showing up to the team's training camp.
In an interview with Fox News scheduled to air Tuesday night, the quarterback told "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren " that he knows his arrival in camp would cause a media circus but that might not stop him.
NFL players are scheduled to report to camp on July 27.
In the first part of the interview that aired Monday night, Favre said he doesn't begrudge the Packers moving on without him, but he should be allowed to continue his career as a starting quarterback if he chooses.
Favre made his first substantial public comments about friction that has grown between him and the Packers.
Favre, 38, said he was guilty of retiring too early on March 6 and could understand if fans found him "wish- washy." Favre said the Packers wanted an answer before the NFL draft and free agency period, and that while he wasn't 100 per cent sure, he was leaning towards retirement.
While Favre didn't declare outright in the interview that he was coming back, he confirmed he had been working out and having second thoughts.
He said that on June 20, he spoke to Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy about his feelings, and felt he wasn't being left with any options should he decide to come back.
"OK, you guys have a different path, fine," said Favre. "What does that mean for me? So that means either you give me my helmet, welcome back, or release me, or attempt to trade me. We all know that's a possibility, but way-out-there possibility.
"And he says, 'Well, playing here is not an option, but we can't envision you playing with another team, you know, either.' And I thought, so basically, I'm not playing for anyone if I choose to come back."
Favre out of favour?
McCarthy and Packers general manager Ted Thompson told the Associated Press on Saturday that they don't plan to release Favre, who hasn't filed retirement papers and is on the NFL's reserve-retired list.
The catch is that the team appears to be interested in moving forward with young quarterback Aaron Rodgers, leaving Favre in the untenable position of backup after a Hall of Fame career.
The pair was vague as to what Favre's role would be if he were to return to the Packers.
"We don't know what role that would be," said Thompson. "He can come back as an active member of the Green Bay Packers."
Pack was back
Favre enjoyed a renaissance season in 2007, leading a young Packers group to a surprising 13-3 record and the brink of the Super Bowl before losing in the NFC champhionsip to the New York Giants. Favre threw for 4,155 yards and 28 touchdowns with only 15 interceptions in the regular season.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported obtaining a transcript of the entire Fox News interview, some of which wasn't aired on Monday. Favre expressed frustration over some of Thompson's decisions in recent years.
"I worked my butt off two years ago to try to get them to sign [wide receiver] Randy Moss," Favre said, according to the report.
Favre has thrown for 61,655 yards, 442 touchodowns and 288 interceptions, all NFL records. He ended 2007 with a streak of 253 consecutive regular-season starts intact.
He guided Green Bay to a Super Bowl win in 1997.
There was some surprise that the quarterback chose On the Record instead of a more traditional sports outlet, but Van Susteren is a Packers shareholder born in Wisconsin who had previously interviewed Favre and his wife, Deanna.
For his part, Favre will be returning to Green Bay on Saturday for a Packers Hall of Fame dinner.With files from the Associated Press