Who will be the first to give Packers.com’s webmaster some credit for the scoop of 2008?  Presumably not the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein.

Quarterback Brett Favre told Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy Monday night that he was going to retire.But his agent, James (Bus) Cook, told the Journal Sentinel this morning that he believes Favre wants to play another year and didn’t get the sense that the Packers wanted him back all that badly.

“It’s my opinion,” Cook said of the Packers’ lack of interest. “I know he wants to play one more year. I do not know much conversation there was (between Favre and the Packers) and I don’t think anyone forced him to make that decision. But I don’t know that anyone tried to talk him out of it.”

Cook said that Favre feels physically and mentally capable of playing at least one more year.

“I think he wanted to play,” Cook said. ” I think he’s still got it. He knows he’s still got it. I think he felt he could play one more year. I don’t know if they told him they really wanted him to play. That’s just the feeling I got.”

Cook was asked whether he thought Favre could be talked into returning: “I don’t know,” he said.

During the off-season, there were reports that Thompson had not done much to encourage Favre to return and that Favre’s feeling was that the Packers weren’t fired up about bringing him back. After reports surfaced of Favre’s uneasiness about Thompson’s lack of communication, Thompson told reporters at the combine that he called Favre to talk about the future.

While this is the saddest thing to happen to the Green Bay community since Sick Teen ceased publication, we can all looking forward to the following events in the very near future;

a) at the first sign of Aaron Rogers struggling, Colin Cowherd, Dan Patrick or Jim Rome reminding their listeners that “you don’t wanna be the guy that replaces the guy
b) allusions to a possible Favre comeback in 2009, or
c) Mike Golic insisting that Favre’s had less to work with since he retired than Dan Marino, Joe Montana or Steve Young.