Brett Favre: 5 Reasons Why He Would Only Hurt Indianapolis Colts
With Peyton Manning set to miss an extended period of time following his third neck surgery in 16 months, the Colts find themselves in desperate need of a legitimate starting quarterback (sorry Kerry Collins, that's just not you).
One option that has been explored in some manner by Colts owner Jim Irsay is to attempt to lure the old gunslinger himself, Brett Favre, out of retirement for one last ride.
Should Irsay and the Colts consider rolling the dice on the future hall of fame quarterback? Here are five reasons the answer is no.
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The Colts Have Plenty of PR Issues Already
You remember Jim Tressel.
He is the former Ohio State head coach who recently found himself in some serious trouble with the NCAA after allegedly allowing ineligible student-athletes to play in major games, failing to follow through on his professional obligations, lying to NCAA investigators and much, much more.
That very same individual is now a "gameday consultant" with the Indianapolis Colts, set to begin his employment after a serving a six-week, non-suspension suspension. The Indianapolis Colts' PR team already has a more difficult assignment than Kerry Collins, and that's saying something.
Adding Brett Favre and his picture-message baggage less than a month after signing College Football's scumbag of the semester is probably not in the best interest of the franchise or its image.
Favre Is Not That Good Anymore
I'd understand Colts owner Jim Irsay's thinking more if Brett Favre was more like Andy Pettite or Scott Niedermayer—an aging veteran who still has enough in the tank to be tremendously effective for short periods of time.
However, Favre is not Pettite or Niedermayer. That fact was made clear by the future Hall of Famer's performance during the 2010 season, when Favre posted the lowest QB rating, the fewest touchdowns and the fewest passing yards of his career.
Favre is 41. He's injury prone. He's inconsistent. And he wasn't able to produce despite having the best running back in football behind him in Adrian Peterson. There is nothing in Favre's recent past to suggest he'll be able to successfully come out of retirement and perform at a respectable level.
Favre Is Not Worth the Money
Brett Favre's 2010 stat line: 13 GP, 217/358 for 2,509 yards, 11 TDs, 19 INTs and a 69.9 QB rating.
Brett Favre's 2010 salary: $16 million, give or take a few bonuses.
Call me crazy, but I think there are a number of players available who would be much better investments for the Colts moving forward than Brett Favre.
Paying a mediocre QB with a penchant for disrupting the locker room and sending explicit pictures to reporters $10 million or more just does not seem to be a good use of Irsay's money.
There Are Better Options
This may be the most persuasive argument against dragging Brett Favre out of retirement.
There are better options available, both via free agency and via trade. Former Jaguar's starting QB David Garrard is still looking for work after being cut by Jacksonville a few days before their season opener. Despite ESPN reports to the contrary, I wouldn't put it past Garrard to accept an offer in Indy.
Another options is former Bengal QB Carson Palmer, who has "retired" after the team refused to trade him. Should the Colts offer up a pick (or two), they might be able to pry Palmer away from the Bengals. Unlikely? Yes. Impossible? No.
Finally, there is this absolutely, positively crazy idea: trade for Mike Kafka of the Philadelphia Eagles. In limited action Sunday night, Kafka looked like a legitimate NFL QB against a strong Falcons' defense. He finished the game 7-of-9 for 72 yards with zero TDs and zero INTs. Both of the incompletions were not the 24-year-old QB's fault (one drop, one hail mary pass).
The Eagles would certainly want some significant compensation for Kafka (second- or third-round pick), but he'd be an ideal protege for Peyton Manning when he returns.
The State of the Locker Room
While many professional sports have slowly devolved into simultaneous individual pursuits, the NFL has remained a team game in the truest sense of the phrase.
The Colts currently have a relatively cohesive locker room, an undisputed leader in Peyton Manning and a high level of trust between players, coaches and management. Signing Brett Favre would threaten all that Jim Irsay and Bill Polian have built together in Indianapolis over the past decade.
Favre has a penchant for destroying locker rooms. Irsay, Polian and head coach Jim Caldwell must remember that any move must be in the best interest of the team and the franchise.
A mediocre, stopgap solution that only erodes the foundations of the franchise is not a viable option for the Colts.