It could very well be time, yet again, for the return of the summer soap opera that is Brett Favre. In what has become an annual rite of summer, speculation has surfaced in the last few days that Favre may not be done with football after all.
Despite the fact that the league and the players’ union have yet to reach an agreement to ensure that there will even be a 2011 season, rumors began to swirl earlier this week when longtime Cowboys exec Gil Brandt gave his thoughts in a NFL.com chat on Tuesday.
“I do think Favre would be interested in talking to a team about returning,” Brandt said. “But I don’t see a team out there right now that would bring him back as a starter.”
Of course, as we all know, the only way Favre would even consider coming back is if it’s in a starting role. The holder of nearly every significant league passing record isn’t going to return as a backup, rest assured.
Favre has been quoted on several occasions during the offseason that he is done with football. After enduring a brutal 2010 season in which his consecutive games played streak ended at 297, it seemed Favre had finally had enough after 20 seasons.
2010 was supposed to be Favre’s swan song….his shot at redemption after taking the Vikings to the brink of the Super Bowl in 2009, only to see a dream season turn into a nightmare with an ill-advised interception in the final minute versus the Saints.
That nightmare extended into the 2010 season for Favre and the Vikes. The team was never able to get on track, leading to the firing of coach Brad Childress, Favre finally succumbed to multiple injuries, and the team finished with a 6-10 record.
With a new season (maybe) upon us, could Brett Favre really be considering another comeback? Favre has apparently told friends that his arm still feels as good as ever. Of course, the question begs…does he still have that competitive drive that keeps him coming back, year after year?
And does he truly have anything “left in the tank?”
Hopefully, we have all learned by now that anything is possible with Favre. As the days pass and we move closer to the start of a new season, expect lots of back and forth on this issue, both from the media and from Favre himself.
Until the season starts without Favre on anybody’s roster, how can we expect anything less?
Here are five teams Favre could possibly step in and help in 2011.