The news circulated that Brett Favre filed his retirement papers on Monday.
It drew cynicism and the NFP’s Andrew Brandt took an insightful look at severance pay that could be coming Favre’s way in the future.
Don’t look now, though, but Favre is already mounting a comeback. No, we don’t expect him to come out of retirement and throw passes for a 21st season. But Favre is trying to make a comeback with Green Bay Packers fans, the organization that he will always be most connected with after one season with the New York Jets and two with the Minnesota Vikings.
Credit Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune with picking up on the man’s intentions quickly.
Per the report, Favre e-mailed Ed Werder of ESPN and told him the Packers are “by far” the best team remaining in the playoffs.
“(Packers quarterback) Aaron (Rodgers) is the best QB and the receiving corps is the best ever, maybe,” Favre said in the e-mail. “But (defensive coordinator) Dom (Capers) and the defense gets the MVP award at this stage.
“There is no bitterness. I'm happy for (the Packers) and very happy and content with my legacy. I think they will win it all! I hope they do, if you are wondering.”
It was a calculated move by Favre, who was once offered a personal services contract by the Packers. Perhaps there isn’t one of those in his future, but eventually he’ll be back in the hearts of Packers fans. Now, it’s a question of when they have the ceremony to retire No. 4’s jersey.
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