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- Brett Favre Wants To Come Back, But it Won't Be In Green Bay

Matt Bathrick July 12, 2008
Matt Bathrick

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As we all know we expected to happen, Brett Favre wants to come back. But the question none of us were ever expecting to ask: What colors will he be wearing?

Four months after announcing the end of his 17-year career in March, Favre sent a formal letter to the Green Bay Packers asking for his unconditional release. They received the letter Friday, three days after a conference call with Favre in which he expressed his desire to return. The Packers, however, were reluctant to embrace the return.

In a statement, the Packers organization said, "The finality of his decision to retire was accepted by the organization. At that point, the Green Bay Packers made the commitment to move forward with our football team."

Green Bay's decision to stick with heir Aaron Rodgers is completely understandable. Rodgers was told by the Packers that it was his team now, when Favre apparently retired in March. The first round pick of the 2005 Draft has been sitting on the bench waiting for his chance for three years. Also, the team drafted two more quarterbacks this year, one of them in the second round. Brett Favre's change of mind did put them in a tough spot.

However, I see Brett's side, too. For years, he has been criticized for taking his time on the decision of retirement. He was harassed by the media for not letting the team know sooner of his intentions. So this year, he made his decision quick; and he obviously made the wrong one.

I don't see anything wrong with this decision to return. He was rushed to make a decision. It' getting close to training camp. And he's "got the itch", as Packers defensive back Al Harris quoted him as saying. And now the media blames him for the 'frenzy'. The only ones to blame for the media frenzy is the media. He even texted, concerning the frenzy, to a newspaper, "There's no reason for it."

Favre understands why the Packers are not enthusiastic about his return. He understands that it's Aaron Rodgers' show in Green Bay now. Which is why he's asking for his contractual release, so he can be free to talk to other teams about a possible job.

Of course, instead of releasing him, the Packers could just trade him and get compensation of some sort. But there's too much money left on his contract(3 years, 39million); he'd have to restructure for the other team before a trade went through. Which means he still controls where he goes.

But where will Brett Favre go? Which teams appeal to him? Which teams would fit him? Which teams want him?

Well, there is one reason Brett's wants to keep playing: He wants to win. So the only teams that will appeal to him would be teams that he sees as being talented enough to win with. Here is my list of possible fits:

~There has been speculation about maybe the Miami Dolphins or the Kansas City Chiefs, both of which are need of a quarterback. But Brett won't give these teams one thought. Miami has a lot of rebuilding to do before they can even think about being a contender. And Kansas City is trying to get younger for the future; Brett wouldn't fit the plans.

~Baltimore Ravens- Now this is a very possible scenario. The Ravens do have talent. Now they did just draft Joe Flacco, but he probably wouldn't start over Kyle Boller immediately anyway. Who better to have mentor your future than Brett Favre.

~Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jon Gruden loves loading up with quarterbacks and will always put out the best available. He would love to go after Brett Favre. This play-off caliber team would become the powerhouse of the NFC South.

~Minnesota Vikings- The defense will be improved from last year and the team's rushing is the best in the league. This team would become a huge threat to the NFC if they upgraded from Tarvaris Jackson to Brett Favre at quarterback. Favre will likely stay out of the division, though. The Bears are another good team in desperate need of a quarterback, again Favre, I believe, will stay away.

~Buffalo Bills- We all know how great Brett is in the cold weather, and he would be a huge upgrade over Trent Edwards. But will the team's talent appeal to Favre enough to think they have a shot at being a threat to division powerhouse New England?

~Washington Redskins- I believe this is the best scenario for Favre. They have a load of talent. Favre would love throwing to Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El. They have a new West Coast offense that Favre thrives in. And Washington would love to have a star like Favre on their team. If Favre does indeed get released, the Redskins will jump all over it.

Aaron Rodgers has refused to coment on the situation, other than, "There's nothing I can tell you about the situation."

If Rodgers is the starter in the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings on September 8, it will be the first time since September 20, 1992 that Brett Favre wasn't the starting quarterback for the Packers.

In that time Favre has had 11 play-off appearances, four NFC Championship games, two Super Bowls, and one championship. He is the NFL's all-time leader in touchdown passes(442), completions(5,377), passing yards(61,655), and wins(160).

"As with all Packers greats, Brett's legacy will always be celebrated by our fans and the organization, regardless of any change in his personal intentions," The Packers also said in their statement. "Brett and Deanna will always be a part of the Packers family."

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