Wolf's interest in returning to NFL no surprise

Apparently the Atlanta Falcons still cannot get over the infamous trade of 1992 when they ‘gave' Brett Favre to the Green Bay Packers for a first round draft pick. Now they're trying to get their hands on the man who orchestrated the trade – Ron Wolf.<p>

Wolf, less than a year removed from his official retirement from the National Football League, may soon be discussing free agent acquisitions, trades, and the draft, not to mention countless hours watching film to evaluate players. Only this time for the Falcons.

Last year in February, Wolf admitted he was pretty much burned out from football. But the self-described workaholic obviously is rejuvenated from his time off and itching to get back in the league.

The Falcons appear ready to give Wolf what he wants. As the Packers get what they want, it's a win-win situation for all involved.

It was a shock to learn about Wolf's decision to retire last February, but it is hardly shocking to see his name pop up as a candidate within the last year to lead some NFL teams to glory, like the Falcons and Washington Redskins. His plan worked to perfection in Green Bay, so now others want him to implement it with their team.

But Wolf didn't have any meddling owners to deal with in Green Bay, which certainly helped. That's probably why he is demanding at least partial ownership and control to call the shots.

Wolf's 90-minute meeting with new Falcons owner Arthur Blank last Friday has proceeded into more serious discussions about partial ownership of the team. Wolf, who is under contract with the Packers as a consultant for the next two years, can only get back into the league if he becomes part-owner of a team. That team then would likely have to compensate the Packers with a draft selection.

Wolf, 63, has said many times since leaving Green Bay last June that he is perfectly content being out of football, but he followed the Packers and the league week by week last year. He even joined the Navy Football Radio Network for two games last fall to serve as an analyst for Navy's games against Toledo and Notre Dame.

Football obviously is still in Wolf's blood. No matter how much wood he plans to chop at his home in Annapolis, or how much history reading he takes on, or time he spends with his wife, football will be on his mind. Why not continue if the price is right?

Wolf has always been about challenges, from his days as an operations executive in Oakland and Tampa Bay, to the time that he took over to call the shots for the stagnant Packers in 1991. If he gets his wish and becomes part-owner of the Falcons, good for Wolf. He's earned it.

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