Look for Favre to resume career

Quarterback most likely to announce he's coming out of retirement, report says

Here we go again. After a lull from the Brett Favre talk over the weekend, Peter King of SI.com today has gone ahead and turned up the heat on the quarterback changing his mind about retirement.

In his column, King says he fully expects "Favre's agent to send a letter to the Packers within the next 10 days, stating that Favre, 38, wants to be taken off the National Football League's reserve/retired list."

Coming from King, who is about as close a confidant of Favre as Al Jones of the Biloxi Sun-Herald or ESPN's Chris Mortensen, that's saying something. If King expects Favre's agent, James "Bus" Cook, to contact the Packers and proceed with re-instating the quarterback, chances are it's going to happen.

So, now what? Like many have speculated, the Packers will have a triple option with Favre - keep him on the roster, trade him, or release him. Like King stated, all three will leave a sour taste in the mouths of the Packers organization.

At this point, it simply doesn't make sense for the Packers to bring Favre back for another season. Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson have groomed Aaron Rodgers throughout the offseason to take the reigns at quarterback and Rodgers deserves that chance.

However, allowing Favre the freedom to sign with any team in the NFL could blow up in the face of the Packers. He very well could sign on with the Minnesota Vikings and re-unite with quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell. As sick as that seems, it could happen. Like it or not, Favre could wind up in Chicago or with Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay. All of the above teams face Green Bay this season.

If Favre requests to be activated, Green Bay's best bet is to trade him to a team that is acceptable to Favre. Would Thompson be remembered as the GM who traded the team's best quarterback ever away, like many seem to think will happen? I don't think so, not at this point. In any other scenario, yes, but not in the current scenario.

Packers fans and the team itself has used the past four months to acclimate to the fact that Favre will not be in a Packers uniform this fall. That is most everyone's mind-set in the state of Wisconsin and beyond. Why mess with that?

Favre obviously wants to continue to play football, so let him. But let him play with a different team and try to swing a deal with a team outside of the NFC North Division, if at all possible.

Favre wanting to come back out of retirement isn't awfully surprising, but the Packers taking him back and inserting him ahead of Rodgers in the lineup certainly would be.

Favre would be better off if he remained retired, but it doesn't seem like that's going to happen. It didn't with Joe Montana or Steve McNair or Joe Namath or Johnny Unitas. For all we know, Favre might continue on his football career much like the 44-year-old Vinny Testaverde has done in recent years. That would be a shame. Why Favre wants to flame out like other greats is beyond me.

Favre doesn't have to take that route, but it appears that's the route he wants to go. If that's the case, so be it. He and the Packers are better off parting ways.


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