The worst thing Brett could have done was in fact what he ended up doing. He returned to the NFL and demanded his release. Any fan can respect a man going out on his own terms, but to distract and play the ring-around-the-rosey routine with the Packers was probably the most immature way Favre could have handled the situation.
Oh yeah, not to mention, the whole fiasco with the Minnesota Vikings, which led to an investigation by the NFL. That not only will fuel the Packer-Viking rivalry for years to come, but probably spooked the Vikings away from ever considering even a trade for Favre.
The Minnesota fans, on that note, have been raised to believe that Brett Favre is the second coming of Satan. Seeing him calling the signals in a purple jersey would probably send ripples through the fan base, no more than when the rumors began to circulate of Favre being cut by the Jets so that he could then enter free agency and make his way to Minnesota.
But before Favre can ever contemplate such a notion, he has a bigger issue in front of him. Favre now must produce an answer by February 27 as to whether or not he is to continue his professional career in football. Many will find it difficult to believe any answer Favre gives, given his antics last offseason.
Brett's career has been marked with accomplishments that will most defiantly send him to the Hall as the most decorated QB of all time, but will he also drag out these final years and taint the image he has worked years to achieve? Or will he we be indulged by his selfish desire to beat the Packers and go out hoisting the Lombardi trophy above his head?
Brett's career has no history of any of this drama until the '07-'08 offseason, when he threatened to show up at Green Bay training camp, distracting the Packers team and competing with Aaron Rodgers for the starting role. The Pack, obviously trying to keep the focus of their team, tried to silence the media circus, but to no avail. Brett in the end was shipped to New York. The Jets don't face the Pack twice a year, and don't have the long and storied rivalry that the Vikings and Packers have had for decades.
We can expect Favre to most likely be mum this time around. He will try to keep his head down and not make as a big a scene (we hope). We will know of the Jets plans simply by watching the Draft. If the Jets pick up a mid-level QB, expect Favre to be gone from the Jets in some way or form to not only free up salary cap room, but to cleanse their team of the empty promises of last season.
It didn't help matters that last season, Thomas Jones, the Jets' starting halfback, had a bone to pick with Favre all season, despite Jones' personal improvement on the field in light of Favre's simply being there scaring secondaries back and openning up the running game up. Jones—as well as the Jets fan base—expected more from the future Hall-of-Famer under center.
The Jets ended their season 9-7, just missing the playoffs behind the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots (who also missed the playoffs with an 11-5 record). A win at home by the Dolphins in Week 17 assured them a wild card spot. In their failure, the Jets fired Eric Mangini as head coach.
The odds are good in favor of Favre retiring in order to salvage his image and his legacy, but these things tend to come and bite everyone in the butt come July/August. Vikings, Jets, or any other team... it's all a toss up at this point.