I really hope and do think this is the last time we’ll have to write a post on this subject.
Updates were few and far between here last week, and as everyone knows there was a lot of news last week on the Farve Fiasco.
As we all know, Brett Favre um, retired, in March. Many predicted that he would “un-retire” before the beginning of the 2008 NFL season. I chose to believe that Favre’s sniffing and crying at his news conference was real, and he was done.
Wrong I was, and I feel taken for believing him. Over the last two weeks, the Favre camp began leaking the news that the quarterback would be officially asking the Packers to remove him from the retired list or release him. Here’s ESPN’s take on what they call the “Favre Mess”.
Per NFL rules, indeed, if they Packers won’t reinstate Favre (and his $12 million) salary, they must release him, allowing him to sign with any other team. Some in the Chicago media have even flirted with the idea of the Bears signing Favre.
Speculate all you want, but that is NOT going to happen. I don’t even have to write here on whether I would want it to happen or not-because it WON’T. Firstly, the Packers, no matter what, would not let Favre fall into the hands of the Bears, Packers or Lions. Teams just don’t let their division rivals get better overnight, in any sport. Secondly, my belief is that if Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith had the opportunity, they wouldn’t sign Favre, even if that was the one last missing piece that would certainly get them to a Super Bowl. Remember “we like Rex?” (Who could forget). Signing a Favre that was right in front of them would be to admit defeat of their well thought-out plans, and they wouldn’t do that. In my opinion, the Bears organization has always been more concerned about sticking to their plan than winning at any cost.
So it will be interesting to see how this plays out. My prediction is the Packers either bow to Favre and their fan base, or they find a way to trade him so far away from Green Bay (to an AFC team the Packers won’t play in 2008 or 2009) that it’s a moot point.
Of course I’m still concerned about seeing Favre slinging touchdowns in Green Bay in September. But I just remembered that since 1997 Mr. Favre has been just as prone to sling interceptions in January. So if that’s what their fans are clamoring for, so be it.