See here. On the one hand, I'm irritated the Packers were standoffish with him. If he's insistent on wanting to play, the team should welcome him back. But he should have to compete with Rodgers. The position should no longer be handed to him. If he loses the competition, talk to him about a trade to a team that works for both him and the Packers. That is, not within the division. If he wins, Rodgers should be okay with it, because he had a real chance to be the starter. So it's too bad that the team, if reports are accurate, is not welcoming him back, at least with a caveat that he has to compete for the position.
But I wonder if they were willing to take him back with some conditions and he was just being whiny about it. The way Favre has behaved during this process makes me think less of him, both as a person and as a player. He has been acting as if commitment to one's teammates and to one's organization is relatively meaningless. And his alleged assertion that his decision to retire was forced upon him, because the team asked for it by a certain time, is simply ridiculous. If he's really upset about this, he needs to grow up. The team does not revolve around you. Your indecision and waffling each offseason was harming the Packers' ability to make personnel and budget decisions. Perhaps the Sherman years of coddling have rubbed off on Favre to a greater extent than we realized.
Regarding the specifics, his demand to be released (if the report is accurate) is ludicrous. If he is capable of performing anywhere close to last year's level for most of the season, he is a very valuable player, and the Packers would be foolish to let him leave for nothing, particularly when an attractive team that needs a quarterback is a division rival of the Packers. Under no circumstances should the Packers let him leave for nothing and with no strings. He has no leverage and has acted disrespectfully and petulantly. He is indeed the greatest player in the history of the franchise, and one of the greatest quarterbacks ever. But that in no way entitles him to the reward of becoming a free agent, especially after behaving in this manner. The team's executives should act in the best interest of the franchise, and if he refuses to come in and compete for the starting position, trade him to a mutually agreed team, not in the Packers' division.
As a Favre fan and someone who has followed his career closely, from start to now, the faux-finish, I am truly disappointed it has come to this. Both sides are to blame, I think, but I am especially disappointed in him.