Sports talk radio can't get enough of it: the Brett Favre Saga. However, every time I here hosts, guests and others, who are usually ex-players, they always ask some variation of the same question. Isn't the only question to ask if you're the Packers management and staff, "Who gives us the best chance to win?" And the answer is always yes. But the answer is actually 'no.'
For those of you enjoying every waking free hour at the lake this summer, the sure-to-be Hall-of-Famer called it quits last winter, but started having second thoughts recently (like they all do.) Now, he wants to come back, but the Packers have already moved ahead with Aaron Rodgers, a first-round draft pick 4 years ago that many thought could have gone #1 that year. Now there's talk of Green Bay asking Favre to stay away from training camp while they try and find a trade to send him to another team.
Now, the other question the Packers should be asking is "What about our future?" If they bring Favre back, they can kiss Rodgers goodbye without ever knowing how good he might be because he'll be a free agent and will surely tell the Pack to kiss it. The other thing is, yes, the Pack 'probably' have a better chance to win with Favre, but they will not win a Super Bowl with him. He's a year older, less-desired and if the end of last year's NFC Championship game is any indication, more apt to simply wing one down field and hope for the best. And any Packers fan will tell you how that usually turns out.
Don't get me wrong, Favre is a legend, one of the best quarterbacks of all time and deserves to go out like one. But, he did. He retired. And don't tell me they pushed him to retire-- nobody tells Brett Favre what to do. The bottom line is Green Bay needs to worry about next season and the season after that. They've been nurturing Rodgers for 4 years and I don't blame them for not wanting to throw that effort away so Brett can have one last hurrah that might end up in another playoff game loss in Dallas.
Trade him to the Jets and get some draft picks. Then everybody wins-- we get another year of Favre's gunslinging and the Pack gets to play Rodgers finally.