Favre Drama Continues

(Philadelphia, Pa) — Well Taking It To The House is back on the air after a much-needed week of relaxation and recharging at the Jersey Shore.  One thing is for certain, one off-week didn’t amount to a hill of beans when it comes to lucid Brett Favre “Showdown” Soap Opera.

Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson the man that for sure is the legendary quarterback’s nemesis in this whole soap opera has yet to blink and I don’t see it happening anytime soon.  The surprising thing is that Favre continues to say that he is coming back, but he has not chosen to file his re-instatement letter with the NFL Commissioner’s office.  Favre said in a recent phone interview about the situation, “Ted asked me to let the guys report and let’s try to resolve this over the next two or three days.”  Resolving the situation probably means shipping Favre out of town to the consternation of fans (Tampa Bay Bucs and New York Jets are the highest two on the list right now).

The quote makes Favre look like he is taking the high road, but we all know that #4 has stroked this fiery situation over and over.  In unretiring Favre definitely wants to either be the starting quarterback for the Packers without competing or be released so he can then sign with old buddy Darrell Bevell and the division rival Minnesota Vikings.  Boy that  leaves a lot  of options for Thompson, not !!  But the GM, who has not grown up worshiping Favre in Green Bay may very well have all of the cards, even though he definitely will look like the “Grinch” no matter how this situation ends.

First and foremost Favre has not filed his papers (no word as of 5:00 PM EST 7/28/08) and even if he does the Packers can simply make him come to camp as a 2nd stringer (we all know this will never happen as Favre is due $12.8 Million in ’08).  Another couple of alternatives is for the Packers to trade the legend wherever they chose (my choice is San Francisco…They can win now, yea right) causing Favre to instantly re-retire or the Packers could simply wait Favre out.

Whatever happens (Favre gets a ticket out of town, comes back, or walks away for good), I thoroughly believe that Commissioner Roger Goodell needs to let the Packers and Favre work it out on their own — Hey Roger isn’t there the little matter of the CBA coming up soon.  Favre created this situation and now it is time for him and his enabling team to clean it up.  The Packers have clearly moved on with Aaron Rodgers as their starter.  To his credit Rodgers steered clear of the big pile of you know what by saying as he reported to camp, “I feel like this is really between Brett and the organization, and I’m just trying to stay focused on the things I can control”.

Here’s hoping by Friday August 1st that the Favre melodrama will be in the books and everyone around the NFL can get back to the multitude of other training camp storylines.



Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)


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