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Could Favre trade winds be blowing?

One team in particular offers an intriguing alternative

By Dan Arkush (darkush@pfwmedia.com)

July 14, 2008

So the Brett Favre beat goes on, with the ball being placed back in his court after the Packers and GM Ted Thompson made it crystal clear that there was no way they would simply release their longtime signalcaller and allow him to resume his pro football career somewhere else other than Green Bay.

Commenting on how gut-wrenching the Favre soap opera has become, Thompson, who has been a man of very few words the past four months, earnestly told a select group of media outlets over the weekend, We re struggling to do the right thing. We don t have all the answers.

In a perfect world for Thompson, the Packers most recent declaration that the team is steadfastly committed to Aaron Rodgers as the starting QB would convince Favre that he would be better off changing his mind again and remaining retired once and for all.

As of Monday morning, there still was a possibility that Favre could conclude that a season stuck in Frozen Tundra Prison just won t cut it. But after reportedly spending the last month or so throwing frozen ropes to high schoolers in a Mississippi gymnasium, it would appear the famous Favre fire is burning brightly once again.

If that is indeed the case, the right thing for Thompson to do would be to swallow very hard and acknowledge the obvious: that Favre under center gives the Packers a much better shot at another deep run in the playoffs than the unproven Rodgers.

It s all so painfully simple.

Favre has proven unequivocally that he is far from a mere mortal. Not only is he the most durable NFL player ever, he s arguably the most durable athlete ever to have participated in professional sports. Rodgers, meanwhile, has had considerable trouble staying healthy despite never even making a start at the pro level.

Right or wrong, though, it appears Rogers will be given the chance to sink or swim, with the likelihood of Favre becoming his $12 million clipboard carrier virtually impossible for anybody with a brain in his head to fathom.

However, although it would be more than a little tricky to pull off, the likelihood that the Packers could somehow trade Favre is a different story altogether. Even though the image of Favre not wearing a Packers uniform is unsettling to say the least, the NFL would be much better off with Favre remaining a lively part of the action, regardless of the team he s playing for.

The trick is finding a trade partner that would satisfy both Favre and the Packers.

You can forget about the Vikings, considered by many experts to be the most logical fit, or any other team in the NFC North that would no doubt result in a public-relations nightmare for the Packers of ghastly proportions.

You also probably can forget about a rebuilding team like Miami or Atlanta, both of whom have been mentioned by the national media s dot connectors, because of Favre s supposed preference to play for a legitimate contender with a decent enough supporting cast to make it worth his while.

There are also a host of teams that couldn t possibly stomach the salary-cap ramifications of a contract that still owes Favre $39 million over the next three years. The Ravens, for instance, have been mentioned as a potentially intriguing fit, but they re too busy right now dealing with the lingering prorated salary-cap charge courtesy of QB Steve McNair, whose retirement this offseason was not a charade.

And of course, there s the question of just what exactly the Packers would be willing to accept in a trade. ESPN s John Clayton wrote over the weekend that he couldn t envision any team offering more than a third-round pick in exchange for Favre.

Another possible frame of reference the Packers might look at is how the 49ers traded away icon Joe Montana back in 1993 in order to make room for Steve Young. The Niners shipped the 36-year-old Montana along with a third-round draft pick and S David Whitmore to the Chiefs for Kansas City's 1993 first-round pick (18th overall).

A mutually acceptable team for Favre and the Packers that is willing to ante up somewhere in between those two scenarios just might fill the bill, and there s strong reason to believe Thompson, who knows how to work the trade mart better than most of his peers, and his chief lieutenants Reggie McKenzie and John Schneider could go out of their way to try to find a willing partner.

Which leads us to the following question: How about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

Their status as the defending NFC South champs would seem to suit Favre just fine. Same goes for a West Coast offense well within Favre s comfort zone and a head coach in Jon Gruden who coached Favre for three years in Green Bay (1992-95).

Did we mention that Tampa Bay has enough bucks in cap room to accommodate Favre, as well an incumbent QB in Jeff Garcia who is far from thrilled with his current financial situation in the final year of his contract?

Heck, the Bucs have traded for a retired quarterback before Jake Plummer in 2007 so there's a precedent for their interest in acquiring a recently retired veteran QB.

Yes, the Bucs are in the NFC, which might be too close for the Packers comfort.

And yes, they are also on the Packers schedule this coming season Sept. 28 at Tampa Bay, which could pose some problems on the P.R. front.

But the more you try to connect these particular dots, the more intriguing the Tampa Bay scenario becomes provided, of course, that Favre doesn t yank our chains one more time with yet another change of heart.

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BlacksburgHokie (7/14/2008)
It's more plausible than some of the other scenarios that have been floating around, but I doubt that they would really be willing to trade them not only to a team that they play, but to a team that made the playoffs in the same conference last year...

Yeah but Tampa wasn't necessarily good last year, our conference was just horrible.

If anything this makes the most sense, so they have to play him once this year, I'm sure they'll be ok because the Packers are an all around better team than the Buccs by a good margin.

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Yeah this works, ex-Falcon Favre comes back for one season with Tampa Bay.  We get to play him twice.

Then ex-Falcon Vick gets out of jail, TB trades for him and then we get to play Vick twice a year. 

Any more ex-Falcons All Pro QBs out there that can be traded to TB so they can come back to haunt the Falcons this season and in seasons to come?:P

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formul8or (7/14/2008)
BlacksburgHokie (7/14/2008)
It's more plausible than some of the other scenarios that have been floating around, but I doubt that they would really be willing to trade them not only to a team that they play, but to a team that made the playoffs in the same conference last year...

Yeah but Tampa wasn't necessarily good last year,

IF THEY GET BRETT THAT WOULD CHANGE BY 100%. TAMPA WOULD RULE THE NFC SOUTH FOR AT LEAST 3 MORE YEARS, AND THEY WOULD BECOME LEGIT CONTENDERS FOR  THE SUPER BOWLS. THEIR DEFENSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOLID. THROW BRETT IN THE MIX AND THEIR OFFENSE BECOMES VERY DANGEROUS. THIS IS NOT THE SCENARIO WE NEED.;)

 

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REV.2000 (7/14/2008)
formul8or (7/14/2008)
BlacksburgHokie (7/14/2008)
It's more plausible than some of the other scenarios that have been floating around, but I doubt that they would really be willing to trade them not only to a team that they play, but to a team that made the playoffs in the same conference last year...

Yeah but Tampa wasn't necessarily good last year,

IF THEY GET BRETT THAT WOULD CHANGE BY 100%. TAMPA WOULD RULE THE NFC SOUTH FOR AT LEAST 3 MORE YEARS, AND THEY WOULD BECOME LEGIT CONTENDERS FOR  THE SUPER BOWLS. THEIR DEFENSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOLID. THROW BRETT IN THE MIX AND THEIR OFFENSE BECOMES VERY DANGEROUS. THIS IS NOT THE SCENARIO WE NEED.;)

 

Here is how you predict the future...

Look at how future NFL moves will most negatively affect the Falcons.

You can bet your last dollar, that is what will happen.  :P

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egoprime (7/14/2008)
REV.2000 (7/14/2008)
formul8or (7/14/2008)
BlacksburgHokie (7/14/2008)
It's more plausible than some of the other scenarios that have been floating around, but I doubt that they would really be willing to trade them not only to a team that they play, but to a team that made the playoffs in the same conference last year...

Yeah but Tampa wasn't necessarily good last year,

IF THEY GET BRETT THAT WOULD CHANGE BY 100%. TAMPA WOULD RULE THE NFC SOUTH FOR AT LEAST 3 MORE YEARS, AND THEY WOULD BECOME LEGIT CONTENDERS FOR  THE SUPER BOWLS. THEIR DEFENSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOLID. THROW BRETT IN THE MIX AND THEIR OFFENSE BECOMES VERY DANGEROUS. THIS IS NOT THE SCENARIO WE NEED.;)

 

Here is how you predict the future...

Look at how future NFL moves will most negatively affect the Falcons.

You can bet your last dollar, that is what will happen.  :P

LORD HAVE MERCY ...... I HOPE YOU ARE WRONG!:)

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REV.2000 (7/14/2008)
formul8or (7/14/2008)
BlacksburgHokie (7/14/2008)
It's more plausible than some of the other scenarios that have been floating around, but I doubt that they would really be willing to trade them not only to a team that they play, but to a team that made the playoffs in the same conference last year...

Yeah but Tampa wasn't necessarily good last year,

IF THEY GET BRETT THAT WOULD CHANGE BY 100%. TAMPA WOULD RULE THE NFC SOUTH FOR AT LEAST 3 MORE YEARS, AND THEY WOULD BECOME LEGIT CONTENDERS FOR  THE SUPER BOWLS. THEIR DEFENSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOLID. THROW BRETT IN THE MIX AND THEIR OFFENSE BECOMES VERY DANGEROUS. THIS IS NOT THE SCENARIO WE NEED.;)

 

Please no!!! Say it ain't so!:crying:
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norwoodfan2132 (7/15/2008)
Shagpill (7/15/2008)
what about Farve going to the jets? or the Bills?

u should remove j will from ur sig..lol

Its more of a loyal thing. haha im from VA so i was a big fan of his in college, so when he came here i was stoked. Sucks that he didnt pan out for us but yea. So till preseason or he gets picked up by another team ima keep him in my sig. And hey lets work on the ADD and stick to topic. ;)

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egoprime (7/14/2008)
Yeah this works, ex-Falcon Favre comes back for one season with Tampa Bay.  We get to play him twice.

Then ex-Falcon Vick gets out of jail, TB trades for him and then we get to play Vick twice a year. 

Any more ex-Falcons All Pro QBs out there that can be traded to TB so they can come back to haunt the Falcons this season and in seasons to come?:P

Our luck -- Doug Johnson plays against us and lights it up with 400+ yards passing - 4 passing & 1 rushing TD with 0 INTS :crazy:

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Tampa would instantly be big trouble if they were to trade for

Favre. Their defense is pretty stout. Garcia is a stop gap.

Favre has never had anyone like Joey Galloway to throw to.

Ernest Graham and Cadillac are effective. I don't like it. We

would have to step up big time to deal with that. They won't

be that smart, so I don't think it will happen.

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LADBABY (7/15/2008)
Tampa would instantly be big trouble if they were to trade for

Favre. Their defense is pretty stout. Garcia is a stop gap.

Favre has never had anyone like Joey Galloway to throw to.

Ernest Graham and Cadillac are effective. I don't like it. We

would have to step up big time to deal with that. They won't

be that smart, so I don't think it will happen.

It could potentially happen though.  It's too bad Tampa changed their uni's a few years ago though as I don't think Favre would want to sport their old unis....

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poutlipper (7/15/2008)
Shagpill (7/15/2008)
what aboutFarve going to the jets? or the Bills?

The Bills are a team that seemed to make sense to me. Made huge strides last year. However, still very weak at the QB position. In the AFC.

The Bills would make sense.  ****, they have about the same exact weather as Green Bay. Although, Brett Favre on 'the frozen tundra of Ralph Wilson Stadium' doesn't really have the same ring to it.

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tweak (7/15/2008)
poutlipper (7/15/2008)
Shagpill (7/15/2008)
what aboutFarve going to the jets? or the Bills?

The Bills are a team that seemed to make sense to me. Made huge strides last year. However, still very weak at the QB position. In the AFC.

The Bills would make sense.  ****, they have about the same exact weather as Green Bay. Although, Brett Favre on 'the frozen tundra of Ralph Wilson Stadium' doesn't really have the same ring to it.

Might work pretty good.  Lee Evans is a good WR and if Favre gets decent protection from the OL, Evans could have a monster year kind of like Blaylon Edwards did last year.

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falconfansince66 (7/15/2008)
tweak (7/15/2008)
poutlipper (7/15/2008)
Shagpill (7/15/2008)
what aboutFarve going to the jets? or the Bills?

The Bills are a team that seemed to make sense to me. Made huge strides last year. However, still very weak at the QB position. In the AFC.

The Bills would make sense. ****, they have about the same exact weather as Green Bay.Although, Brett Favre on 'the frozen tundra of Ralph Wilson Stadium' doesn't really have the same ring to it.

"The guys on Sirius say the Packers will not trade Favre to a

NFC team. So the Bills would pop to the top of the list. They

are closer to winning than the Jets imo. They were quoting

somebody from the Packers not just theorizing."--LADBABY

Might work pretty good. Lee Evans is a good WR and if Favre gets decent protection from the OL, Evans could have a monster year kind of like Blaylon Edwards did last year.

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