The Packers have given Brett Favre their answer…and it was not what he wanted to hear.
GM Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy commented publicly on the Favre situation today for the first time. They said they “don’t plan” to honor Favre’s request for an unconditional release, but said he would be welcome to return to the team as a backup to Aaron Rodgers.
What does that “don’t plan” jive mean? Are they fudging? And what about their statement that Favre could come back as a backup? I’d take that as a diss if I were Favre.
Thompson and McCarthy indicated that they might be willing to discuss a trade, but said no teams had contacted them thus far. Well there you go…no chance of Favre becoming a Viking now. Maybe a Buccaneer or a Raven or a Redskin.
So here are Favre’s choices: Sit behind Aaron Rodgers, accept a trade or stay retired. I’d lean toward stay retired out of those three. Unless his pride isn’t as massive as I think it is, meaning he’d be willing to tote Rodgers’ clipboard…knowing full well that, the first time Rodgers had a bad series, he would be in.