Brett Favre: Myths Versus Reality
In the wake of new revelations about the strange dance Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers seem to be doing regarding his retirement, a lot of ideas are being tossed around about what MUST be done about Favre or about the team.
Realistically, no one but Favre knows why he wants to come back, and without knowing that, no one can say what the best course of action is for him.
Here are three things I heard multiple times today while driving from Minneapolis to Chicago that simply aren't true.
Myth: The Packers need to accept Favre back or they will face a PR disaster.
If this was Favre's first retirement fake out, maybe this would be truer, but Packers fans have been through this before. For some teams, a public spat with a fan favorite like Favre would probably be much more costly than it would be for Green Bay.
The fans own the team and the waiting list for season tickets is literally thousands of names long (57,000+ at last count). If 500 people tear up their season-ticket orders over this, they will be considered fools and replaced happily by 500 people from the list who cannot believe their luck. The Packers are bigger than Favre, or any other single player in team's history, so even if Favre leaves on sour terms, the team can more than survive it.
Myth: The Packers would never let Favre stay in the NFC North.
If Favre is granted his release, they get no say in the matter. Favre himself may choose to stay away from the Vikings and Bears, but there is no reason to. Darren Sharper, Ryan Longwell, and Koren Robinson are all players who have played for both the Vikings and the Packers, and players like Johnny Damon and Jim Edmonds have also switched sides of a heated rivalry without suffering too much damage.
Myth: The Packers will never release Favre, they'll reactivate and trade him if they want to get rid of him.
If the Packers are really ready to move on to the Aaron Rodgers Era, they'd be smart to grant Favre his release and move on. There will be suitors, but realistically, he's 37, and while he would improve a few teams, no team is dying for him.
The Ravens, for example, would probably be in any bidding war that happened for Favre's service on the free-agent market, but likely wouldn't give up a high draft choice or young player for him.
Additionally, the process of hashing out a trade would just make the team look worse. Letting your superstar go because he asked to be let go is one thing, but trying to get all you can for him is another. As mentioned above, if the Packers look bad, it isn't as damaging as it might be to another team, but in the end, it's better to avoid it.
It's the difference between "Brett Favre: One of the best QBs ever, played 16 seasons for the Packers, and ended his career with the Seahawks" and "Brett Favre: Best QB of his generation, played 16 seasons with the Packers before being traded for a 10th round pick and cash before the 2008 season to Tampa Bay".
The difference is slight, but if the Packers can avoid it, they should.
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