Driver's assessment could be wrong

Don't believe everything Donald Driver says about Brett Favre.

The quarterback, who has not told the Green Bay Packers whether he will play in 2005, was amused by the receiver's prediction that he would retire, sources close to Favre told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Favre's decision is expected by the end of the month, and he's likely to return for a 15th season, Mortensen reported.

Former Packers general manager Ron Wolf, who brought Favre to the Packers via a trade with the Atlanta Falcons, said the odds are in favor of Favre returning to play.

Driver said in an interview on Sirius NFL Radio on Tuesday that he believes Favre will decide to retire, rather than return for another NFL season.

"I don't think so," Driver said on "The Opening Drive" show with Dan Reeves and Chris Moore, which airs on the satellite pay radio service. "Everyone has been asking me that question. He's a real close friend of mine and we've been talking back and forth, and I think he's pretty much going to hang 'em up. I always told him, if you're coming back just because of that playoff game, don't show up. But if you're going to come back to try and win another Super Bowl, we'd love to have you."

The playoff game Driver was referring to was the Packers' 31-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Jan. 9, ending Green Bay's playoff run this season.

Driver thinks Favre has already made his decision -- though Favre has yet to announce one publicly -- and that the Packers' request to know his intentions before the NFL draft in late April tipped the scales toward his leaving.

"I think he was trying to wait until the draft, and I think coach [Mike] Sherman wanted to know right before free agency because there are a couple of quarterback free agents that they want to look at if Brett decided not to come back," Driver said in the interview. "I think they forced him to make a decision. When you force one of the greatest quarterbacks in the NFL to make a decision, he's pretty much going to let you know that he maybe is just hanging 'em up."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.