So most Packer fans have heard today's ridiculous and anonymous report that the Packers offered Favre somewhere in the realm of $20 million over ten years to stay retired. And I assume that most, if not all, Packer fans were repelled by the news. While this story may have been taken out of context (I'm guessing the Packers might have been concerned that Favre was unretiring because he needed money), if anything it reaffirmed that the Packers' brass strongly wants Favre to stay retired, far more than it wants to trade him or have him back-up Rodgers.
If that's true, there seems to be an easy way out-- trade Favre to a team he won't play for. He'll then pull a Jake Plummer: he'll refuse to show up for training camp and he'll stay retired. While this might burn any remaining goodwill with Favre, it'll do the trick and it'll cost far less than $20 million. Now the team might not get much in return, but so what? The point is to make him stay retired. And they could probably get some conditional compensation. A sixth round pick, let's say, with escalators that go up if Favre actually plays for whatever team that takes him. Hell, the Packers could even pay some of Favre's salary to make the whole thing go down a little easier for the receiving team. Again, it would cost a heck of a lot less than 20 million bucks and accomplish the same goal.
Of course, what's to stop the team who trades for Favre from eventually releasing him? (And having him end up on the Vikings.) Nothing, but why would a team release a player who's retired? He doesn't cost that team anything.
I know, this is hardball. It would mean Favre wouldn't be one of the team's happy, waving to the crowd, retired veterans like Willie Wood and Bart Starr, at least not for several years, or until Thompson and Murphy are gone. But if they really, desperately want to keep him retired, and he refuses not to come back, why not do it?