A plot-thickening report courtesy of Associated Press reporter Chris Jenkins (via Judd Zulgad of the Star-Tribune):
The Green Bay Packers have filed tampering charges against the Minnesota Vikings alleging the team made inappropriate contact with Brett Favre, a person familiar with the Packers’ complaint told the Associated Press Wednesday night.
The person, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, said Packers officials have expressed their belief that interest from the Vikings was driving Favre’s sudden change of heart about playing football in 2008.
They feel like Favre had something [in place], and that’s why he was so anxious to get his release all of a sudden, the person said…
The person said the league already has reviewed evidence provided by the Packers, and team officials believe a league examination of telephone records would indicate more than normal contact between Favre and Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, a former Green Bay assistant. According to the person, Packers officials also believe the contact began before Favre and his agent, Bus Cook, formally asked the Packers to release him.
How does that make you feel, Packer fans? Knowing your guy – the legendary Brett Favre – not only wanted out of Green Bay, but was specifically angling to get signed by your hated rivals?
And how does Tarvaris Jackson feel knowing that his offensive coordinator was scheming to get him replaced, presumably with Brad Childress‘s knowledge?
This story has now cast two young quarterbacks, Jackson and Aaron Rodgers, into an abyss of ugliness. The only just thing now would be for Favre to stay retired and both Tarvaris and Aaron to have huge years. Favre, the Vikings organization and the Packers organization are all diminished, in my opinion, by this affair.
At least we know with certainty now that the Vikings are not as sure about Tarvaris as they claim. And we know the rumors about Favre wanting to go there were legit. Let’s hope this mess doesn’t end up shaking T-Jack’s confidence to the point of hurting his performance. We’re not getting Favre or anyone else, so we need T-Jack to be on his game.