After what feels like Day 296 of the Brett Favre saga, the quarterback and the Green Bay Packers still have failed to come to an agreement over Favre’s status for the 2008 NFL season.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Tuesday night that he didn’t think Favre had the right mindset to prepare and play for Green Bay. A possible trade to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has crept back into the conversation after the Packers still seem unwilling to deal the gray-haired gunslinger to an NFC North Division rival (ie. Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears. Hey, what about the Detroit Lions?).
The Lions have gotten the short end of the stick through all of this. There has been talk of Favre going to Minnesota, or even going to Chicago. But never once has Detroit come up in the summerlong story line. That right there is a declaration that the Lions suck. Favre’s rumored to be willing to play for the Bears — yeah, they’re a team just 18 months removed from a Super Bowl appearance, but still – a team with so many question marks on the offensive line and in the backfield. But couldn’t he just throw the Lions in there to spare their feelings?
Brett: You don’t even need to be specific about the Lions. Just say, "I’d like to play for an NFC North team."
If I were the Packers’ brass, Detroit’s the only NFC North team to which I’d deal Favre. The threat alone of trading him to the Lions would make him fall in line and be happy with a backup role with the Packers.
Realistically, how will the Favre story end/what team will he be a member of by Week 1?
Basing this on nothing other than a gut feeling, I’d say he ends up with the Minnesota Vikings. No one with the Vikings has come out and said they aren’t interested in obtaining Favre’s services, and I’m assuming Rick Spielman and other Vikings personnel members are hard at work behind the scenes trying to make a deal happen.
I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if Green Bay took the $12 million salary cap hit and left Favre on its roster until after its season opener against Minnesota, before trading him to the Vikings the next week, just to avoid playing against him at Lambeau Field on Monday Night Football.
I just hope this gets resolved soon so I don’t have to hear Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson’s husky, smoker’s voice every day.
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