Bus Cook's statements to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which were backed up by Scott Favre's statements to ESPN later this morning, more or less confirm that Favre was getting ready to continue his Hall of Fame career, but the Packers weren't showing that they wanted him back for the 2008 season.
"I think he wanted to play," Cook told the Journal Sentinel this morning. "I think he's still got it. He knows he's still got it. I think he felt he could play one more year. I don't know if they told him they really wanted him to play. That's just the feeling I got."
Favre, who has started an amazing 275 straight games including playoffs, is coming off one of his best seasons as a pro. He broke a number of NFL records and led the Packers to within a game of the Super Bowl. Most everyone in the football world felt that he would return for the 2008 season with a team that is not losing any starters.
Favre certainly showed everyone that he enjoys playing the game, is productive and appears to be healthy physically and mentally. His family earlier this year even gave its approval on his return for an 18th NFL season.
But the NFL can be a cold, tough business, and it seems like the case here. Somewhere between the end of the season and now, Favre obviously got the feeling from the Packers that they want to proceed with Aaron Rodgers. General manager Ted Thompson has a plan, and part of that plan includes Rodgers. Maybe even he didn't think that Favre would be playing at a Pro Bowl level three seasons after he took over as the team's GM in January of 2005, but Favre is and Rodgers is heading into his fourth season primed and ready to go.
It appears from the outside looking in that Thompson and McCarthy are comfortable proceeding with Rodgers, but would have gladly welcomed back Favre. Instead they chose not to open the door wide enough for Favre to return, and Favre got ticked and said, 'Forget it.' Who knows?
Favre's enthusiasm and love for the game has always left this scribe feeling a team would have to drag him off the field at the end of his career, not push him out the door. For now, it sure seems like the Packers have nudged him out of Green Bay.
Though Favre has said he is retiring, it's not a stretch to think that he may be playing for another team this season, or even next season. Hard to imagine, but in the NFL it's not a total surprise. Chicago needs a quarterback, so does Minnesota. Favre wouldn't suit up for one of those teams, would he?
This couldn't be what Favre or the Packers had in mind this offseason.
Todd Korth is managing editor of PackerReport.com and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at email@example.com.