Harlan, on his way out, drops a nice hint

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Bob Harlan is on his way out, but the longtime Green Bay Packers executive has a hunch that Brett Favre will be back.

Today is Harlan's last day on the job as the team's top executive.

He tells The Associated Press he thinks Favre will be back because he's such a competitor, and if he feels he can still compete he's going to keep coming back.

The quarterback has taken weeks and even months to make up his mind on retirement in recent offseasons.

Harlan says Packers general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy have told Favre they would prefer a quick answer on his future this time around to help them start planning for next season.

Harlan becomes the Packers' chairman emeritus when new president and chief executive officer Mark Murphy takes over on Monday.

Harlan plans to be around to cheer Favre on next season, perhaps in his usual game day seat next to Thompson.

Says Harland -- quote -- "I'll be a great fan."

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