Let’s see if we can get up to speed here.
Jon Gruden said that he thought Brett Favre was headed to Tampa Bay at the end of last summer when the Buccaneers were attempting to engineer a trade to land the quarterback with Packers general manager Ted Thompson.
Favre came out this morning and said his motivation for returning was not to stick it to Thompson, which is what he said to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, and might have meant at the time, but doesn’t mean now.
There are just too many juicy storylines for the Green Bay-Minnesota meeting on Monday night that could challenge the 1985 meeting between the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins as the highest-rated game in MNF history.
Favre went through a somewhat uncomfortable sounding teleconference with Green Bay media earlier today (you can listen to it here on the Packers’ Web site), and he was asked if the damage done to his relationship with the organization can ever be repaired.
“You know, it’s … I’m sure it can,’’ Favre said. “Right now, that’s not on anyone’s mind. Their intentions are to win this game, as our intentions are. … We’ll deal with that later.”
I’ve got one idea how that fence can be mended: If the Packers agree to give him a $20 million personal services contract like they were going to do to not play football last year, I bet Favre would be on board in a hurry. Of course, why would the Packers pay him at this point?
Favre was also asked about Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and why he reportedly has not reached out to him.
“For what?” Favre said after a long pause. “I mean, I think Aaron not only has done well, I think he will, you know, have a great career. I said that from Day 1. I mean, the guy’s talented. That’s why they drafted him. But um … no one’s called me. I talk to Driver every once in awhile, and Al and some of the older guys, but uh … I don’t know what to tell ya.
“All I can say is that you guys laughed at me two years (ago) before our 13-3 season when I said this was probably the most talented team I’d ever played on. Everyone thought I was crazy. And then we have the year that we had, almost got there, then everybody said, ‘This team is pretty good.’ I knew when I left it was a very good football team, and I also knew that Aaron in some ways had kind of slipped through the cracks, at least for a couple years. People had kind of lost sight of him or whatever. But he’s got all the tools, very knowledgeable of the game, he’s been around the offense and the guys for awhile. There was no reason to think that, especially the offense, could not be highly productive.’’
Stay tuned as we get closer to this one.
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