Ladies and Gentlemen, we are in month six of the Brett Favre saga. Remember that faithful March 3rd when Mr. Favre claimed he was done? Remember when Aaron Rodgers jumped out of his bench warming position in excitement? Remember when I DIDN’T BUY IT?!
Quite frankley, and if I may once again break the fourth-wall here, I cannot stand writing about this story. If I may take a quote from the Joker (which if you haven’t seen The Dark Knight yet, I beg you to do so) “A year ago, I wouldn’t mind writing about Brett Favre. I mean, what happened, his balls drop off?” While his balls didn’t “drop off,” his legacy sure has.
But what would it mean if Favre did continue his career, but not as a Green Bay Packer? Over the past 48 hours, Brett has reported to and left Packer’s training camp. He has cited that the Packers rejected his request to be traded within the division multiple times, and he decided to head home to Mississippi. Packers CB Charles Woodson stated, “Brett Favre doesn’t want Green Bay, and Green Bay doesn’t want Brett Favre. We can all move on.” Favre seemed to walk out on Green Bay. Possibly his career as well.
Yet in the past day or so, their have been numerous reports that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are relatively close to a deal for Favre. The New York Jets appear highly interested as well. While these reports have been long rumored in the past month or so, has anyone honestly taken a chance to really consider what it would be like if the future hall-of-fame QB actually played for another team?
Imagine it. The man who had been notoriously known for his heroics on the ice-lathered Lambeau, could be tanning in the hot Tampa sun. Yet does this trade make any sense? Figure it this way. The Bucs have a high-quality QB in Jeff Garcia, who led the team to an NFC Wild Card Round appearance this past season. Why in the world would one disturb a playoff-pushing-process so abruptly?
While the Jets are in desperate need for a pocket man, it would not seem logical for them to waste a first rounder on a guy they may get one year out of. They are attempting to rebuild Chad Pennington, as well as possibly creating an offense that will succeed under Kellen Clemens. While he could provide leadership, could Favre really deliver the Jets to the promised land?
I have a theory to all this. What if Mr. Favre was traded again after initially being traded to the Jets or Bucs? That’s right. Brett wanted to play for the Vikings. Since the Packers won’t trade him there, what if New York or Tampa did? Picture Brett Favre, after being involved in three offseason acquisitions (retirement included) coming into Green Bay on Week 1, primetime. Purple uniform in all, Brett Favre takes down his former esposa while simultaneously proving Packers management wrong about Aaron Rodgers. Just like he did at the ESPY’s, Rodgers may need a hug.
While the situation would be EXTREMELY UNLIKELY, think about the possibilities. Favre would seem like a “boygenius”, yet his seemingly flawless Packers career would be tarnished forever. He would be sticking a dagger in the empire that he himself spent 16 years building. While the possibility of any trade did seem slim at one point, the opportunity has now presented itself as legit. And yes, you guessed it. Only time will tell.