Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre hasn’t given fans or the Packers organization any indication about whether he plans on returning for another season but, as has been the case for the past couple of years, trade rumors are starting again.
Most recently, several radio stations in Wisconsin reported a rumor that the Oakland Raiders were interested in trading their first overall draft pick for Favre. The stations stated the Packers were considering it because they are interested in drafting LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell.
This is very similar to rumors last year that had Favre going to the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins or Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for their first round draft choice.
As much respect as I have for Favre and as much as I would like to see him return for another NFL season next year, being a Packers fan, I would have no problem seeing him play for another team if we got a first round draft choice for him. However, it’s time for a bit of a reality check for the people who actually believe those trade rumors.
Favre is 37 years old. No team in their right mind is going to give up a first round draft choice, usually reserved for players they intend to build around long-term, for a quarterback that will play for maybe a season or two more. If there was a team that was interested, my guess is the offer would be a 3rd or 4th round pick at best. And, considering Favre is the person bringing the fans to the stadium every Sunday, that’s just not good enough to part with the best quarterback on their roster.
Now, let’s suppose Al Davis is the one guy that would really give up a high draft pick for Favre. There are still a couple of flaws with the theory.
First, Favre would never agree to it and would choose to retire instead. The Raiders finished dead last in offense last season and run the risk of losing their two best receivers this season. Favre would retire before going to a dysfunctional team like that.
Second is the belief that, if Davis did give up the top draft choice and Favre somehow felt obligated to play, there’s no way they would use the pick on a quarterback. If they trade Favre, it means they are trading away their only veteran quarterback. Back up quarterback Aaron Rodgers has never started an NFL game and third string Ingle Martin is still a work in progress. There’s no way they are going to add another inexperienced quarterback to the roster; they need a veteran passer to provide insurance instead.
The more likely scenario is them either selecting Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas or trading down from the spot for additional draft picks and then selecting a running back. So, the fact that they would even suggest otherwise shows the rumor isn’t valid.
And, contrary to rumors that floated around last year, he’s not going to force the Packers to trade him away to a team with a better shot at the Super Bowl. For one, Favre understands he is a legend in Green Bay and he won’t do anything to alienate his fans.
But, more important, in the NFL, there are no guarantees. One week ago, San Diego was the favorite to make the Super Bowl and they are now out of the playoffs. In comparison, the New Orleans Saints, who finished 3-13 in 2005, are suddenly one win away from going to Miami. In other words, because of parity, he has just as good of a chance of getting another Super Bowl ring with the Packers as any other team in the league. And, he doesn’t have to learn a new system with new teammates to do it.
So, before I hear one more rumor from one more fan or sports “journalist” let go on record as saying Brett Favre is a Packer, he will retire a Packer and you won’t see number 4 playing for any other NFL team.