OK, as a Brett Favre fan, I was a bit concerned about this. But the way he retired after such a great season I really thought he was serious. Everyone expected him to say he was coming back, so when he said he was done, I thought he really was.
Great quarterback, great career. Didn’t end on top, but honestly that is just so rare. Elway did it. Who else?
So when I started hearing the rumors that he wanted to come back, I didn’t believe them. Slow sports news day, I was thinking.
Then the whole story breaks. Egads. Neither side looks completely above board, but clearly Favre has been flip-flopping for months. And then the posturing starts.
Again, I’m a huge Favre fan. I’d love to see him do one more season with the Packers. But I think he blew it. He could have announced this a few months ago and it would have been great. But now it’s just crazy.
I understand the Packers position. Aaron Rodgers looks pretty good, but you’ll never know if you don’t give him a shot. Favre went back and forth enough, you had to move on. He asks for his release. That would be crazy. It’s a business, why would you give up a valuable asset? Especially when there’s a decent chance he could end up with the hated Vikings?
The funny thing is that Brett holds all the cards here. All he has to do is ask the NFL for reinstatement and show up for training camp. The Packers can say all they want that Farve would have to compete for the starting spot, but there’s no way he wouldn’t get it. The players are going to want him. He’s better. There is no way you could send Aaron Rodgers out as the starter with Brett on the bench. The first three and out and he’ll get booed and the crowd will be screaming for Brett. The Packers would have to either make him the starter or work a trade.
So I find it interesting that Favre isn’t doing that. It tells me he’s not 100% committed. He doesn’t want to have to go through training camp. He just wants to play the games. I don’t blame him, that’s a good gig. It worked for Roger Clemens for a couple of years. I’m not sure it will work in the NFL though.
All Favre needs to do is call their bluff. But I don’t think he’s going to…