Brett Favre 'not very optimistic' Aaron Rodgers returns to Packers: 'He'd rather sit out than play'

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As the saying goes, it takes one to know one.

History has a tendency to repeat itself in the NFL, even for those who know it. Just look at the Packers-Aaron Rodgers situation as the prime example.

So it's no surprise that Brett Favre, who had something of an epic falling out with the Packers in the previous decade, knows exactly what's going on. Speaking on ESPN Wisconsin's "Wilde and Tausch," Favre shared some more insight on the rift (via USA Today): 

I think I know Aaron fairly well, and honestly I just don't see him coming back and just saying, "All right, let's bury the hatchet. Whatever caused the rift, I'm just going to come back and play because I love the guys, I love the Green Bay fans." I assume that he does, but his rift isn't with the fans, nor the players. It's with the front office, you know. So would he just swallow his pride and come in? Maybe. But I don't see that happening.

If there's not a trade, my gut tells me that he'd rather sit out than play. That's just my gut. There's no reason for me to say that other than that's just what my gut is telling me.

TIMELINE: Where did the Rodgers-Packers relationship go wrong?

Favre adds that he's "not very optimistic" right now over Rodgers returning to the Packers in 2021, but that he'd wish he'd come back for one more year to attempt to win another Super Bowl with the team.

Favre says he shared a single text with Rodgers on Day 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft — the day when reports broke that Rodgers wanted out of Green Bay — asking Rodgers in jest if he'd be playing with the Saints in 2021: "He sent back, 'Hey buddy, I don't believe that's going to happen,'" Favre says.

Rodgers and the Packers seem headed for a divorce: With Love's drafting, a contract situation and dislike of GM Brian Gutekunst at the forefront of Rodgers' issues, the team remains steadfast they won't trade its superstar quarterback.

Rodgers famously was drafted as Favre's heir apparent in 2005, with Favre holding off Rodgers until his retirement following the 2007 season. In 2020, the Packers drafted Utah State QB Jordan Love as Rodgers' heir apparent, and Rodgers responded by winning his third MVP award in a dazzling 48-touchdown, five-INT season.

Now, Packers fans and the NFL world waits to see where — if anywhere — the reigning MVP will be slinging TDs in 2021.

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