The N.Y. Jets officially released quarterback Brett Favre this week. The retired Favre is now a free agent. The Jets freed up $13 million in cap money with the move. Is today the end of the road for Favre in the NFL or could it be the beginning of a new chapter in the Brett Favre chronicles?
I wrote a lot about Favre last year on my previous blog. Originally, I was in Favre’s corner when he asked to play for the Packers in 2008. This was until the Packers told their side of the story. I don’t think there isn’t a doubt that Favre wanted to come back with intentions of playing for the Minnesota Vikings. Unfortunately for him and Jets fans, he wound up in one of the strangest places you’d ever see Brett Favre.
I think it is unfortunate how things have turned out for Favre. Any word of Favre coming back will continue to damage his legacy. Once all sides were told, Favre looked like a big baby and a selfish player in my opinion last season. Comparing both player’s seasons last year, I think Jets fans would have rather kept Chad Pennington but hindsight is 20/20. I think above everything else, Favre doesn’t want his career to end on last year’s note.
Favre could have retired with a storybook ending if he stayed retired. Favre’s 2007-08 NFL season was legendary. Favre came back from several horrific seasons to lead the Packers to the NFC title game. He lost, but his legacy would have been remembered for the comeback season. Favre is a competitor first and foremost. I can’t help but think that he wants to bury that last season more than anyone.
Can he do it and is he worth the risk for an NFL team? I can’t recall any NFL quarterbacks coming back at his age and doing anything significant. The last quarterback that unretired was Daunte Culpepper. Culpepper is also 7 years younger. Favre would be 40-years old by seasons end if he played. Brad Johnson and Vinny Testaverde played at 40 and beyond. Neither man possessed the speed and strength necessary to cut it in the NFL.
Regardless, I don’t think we have heard the last of Brett Favre in the NFL.
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