Thursday, March 23, 2006

Favre Coming Back!

The March 22 "Daily Rumor Mill" section of says Brett Favre has informed the Packers that he will be returning for another year, although no official announcement has been made by either party. In an interview this morning on 620 WTMJ Radio, PFT editor Mike Florio, said that his source for this information was a very reliable source close to the team. When asked why the team or Brett wouldn't announce this news, Florio speculated that perhaps it has something to do with wanting to keep other teams guessing who they might take with their #5 draft pick. The thinking is that if there is a question as to whether or not the Pack would need to draft a QB to replace a retired Favre, that then may keep the team's options more open as regards the person they are really targeting at that spot, such as Mario Williams or A. J. Hawk. In other words, it's all part of the smoke 'n' mirrors game of drafting. The fact that the Pack pushed back paying Favre's roster bonus for the second time is, then, all part of the game. As this article in today's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel points out, "Much has been made of the deadline, but it is mostly artificial because under the terms of the contract Favre doesn't receive the money until September if he returns and doesn't receive it at all if he retires. Thus, if the Packers let the deadline pass, Favre does not become a free agent. He simply is guaranteed the $3 million if he comes back and plays."

So, based on this insight -- and despite Packer RB Ahman Green's speculation during a radio interview yesterday on WMYX Radio that he thought Favre was "done" -- the Packer Fans United view continues to be that Brett is coming back.

Here is the complete entry from PFT:


Although there's been no official announcement, we've been told that Packers quarterback Brett Favre has informed the team that he'll be returning for the 2006 season.

The move means that the Packers almost certainly will not take a quarterback with the fifth overall pick in the draft. Previously, we'd heard that the team would potentially be interested in selecting Matt Leinart, if Favre were to walk away.

Since 2002, the question of whether Favre would or wouldn't retire has been the subject of rampant and regular scrutiny. His return for 2006 means that, barring an unequivocal statement before, during, or after the coming season, we'll get to spend another 12 months or so periodically addressing the same, old, tired issue."