So it’s been widely reported today that the Green Bay Packers may be so backed into a corner that they would consider trading Brett Favre within the NFC North.
My opinion on it, which I have withheld until now? Hell yes I’d do it if I were in charge. OK-Favre haters-crucify me for my opinion, but all of us have one, like a couple other things.
You know why I’d do this?
- The obvious: the Bears have not developed a quarterback since the early 1940′s and I don’t see another one in sight. I’m not counting the injury-riddled Jim McMahon’s career or Erik Kramer’s one-year wonder. Yes, McMahon did help guide the offense to a Super Bowl victory. He also only directed the offense for a majority of a season for three years (1983, 1985, 1987 by my count). Given that neither Rex Grossman or Kyle Orton are winning the starting quarterback battle in training camp, I think adding Favre along with a strong and healthy Bear defense and a hopefully improved running game could keep the Bears’ Super Bowl window open for 2 years. With the perpetually unsettled quarterback situation, it is closed.
- Favre wants to go to the Vikings. I bet the Packers would do anything–including trading Favre to the Bears–to keep him from the Vikings. This means the Bears could play the Packers on this and get Favre for much less than the Packers would ask from Minnesota.
- Taking Favre for 2 years from Green Bay would hurt both of our rivals-Minnesota ad Green Bay.
How could the Bears not consider this?
In conclusion, I still guarantee they won’t. In my opinion, Ted Thompson could call Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith and offer Favre for a sixth-round pick, even tell them Favre agreed to drop his salary by $10 million per season, and the Bears wouldn’t bite.
Why? Just as I said a few weeks ago. The Bears don’t think out of the box, and it’s always been more important to them to perpetually try to prove their plan is going to work than it is to win. And believe me, they’re perpetually trying to prove their plan is working, even though by far most of the time it does not.
Believe me, I also realize that what may very likely happen here is Favre goes to the Vikings, gets them into the playoffs, and throws 6 interceptions in the playoffs leading to an early Viking exit.
We shall see.