Favre Rollercoaster Appears to Have Stopped in Tampa Bay

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Hopefully Quarterback Collector John Gruden has number #4 available for Brett Favre 

(Philadelphia, Pa) — Time to ride the rollercoaster known as the “Favre Express” for another day.  According to several sources the Green Bay Packers – Brett Favre melodrama will be coming to an end with the 16-year veteran becoming a Buccaneer. Favre is said to not be standing in the way of the trade that should be finalized by Thursday or Friday.

The deal seems to be pretty solid, but I am sure provisions are being added so that the Bucs cannot send Favre to the Vikings or any other team in a re-direct.  The three-time MVP is looking forward to the chance to join the Buccaneers.  Favre apparently wanted the chance to join the 2007 NFC South champs and compete against veteran Jeff Garcia rather than being Aaron Rodgers back-up in Green Bay. 

I believe the proposed trade to Tamp Bay may not be the perfect ending for Favre, but at least the Packers and Favre are trying to make the best of an irrevocably broke situation.  Favre obviously does not want to be anywhere near Packers GM Ted Thompson and I am sure the feeling is mutual.  For those wondering about Thompson’s future after this move, don’t worry as he receive an extension earlier this year.

The fun will start for Favre as soon as the deal is done and he reports to Tampa Bay.  Good news for the graybeard quarterback is that his first big Bucs’ hurdle will already be cleared as there is no Number #4 already on Tampa Bay’s roster, but there is the little matter of five other quarterbacks (Jeff Garcia, Luke McCown, Chris Simms, Brian Griese, and Josh Johnson) already on Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach and noted quarterback collector John Gruden’s self.  I am sure the starter situation will come down to Favre versus malcontent and constantly disrespected veteran Garcia. 

After proving again in ’07 that he is a good starting NFL quarterback and leading the Buccaneers to an NFC South title winning record of 9-7, Garcia (In ‘07 had passing numbers of 2,440 yards and 13 touchdowns and just four interceptions in 13 starts) wants a new contract.  Garcia is to be paid $2 Million dollars in ‘08 from his March ‘07 deal with terms two years, $7 million contract that included a $3 million signing bonus. The new contract probably more than likely never materialize for the 38-year former CFL star, but rest assured Favre certainly will be ready to take his job by September.  Garcia said of the proposed Favre competition, “I’m the starter here, I’m going to choke it to death, until somebody pulls my grip off of it, then it’s my job.”

The two veterans have locked horns a couple of times head-to-head with Favre winning their last match-up in December 2005 as the Packers defeated the Garcia led Detroit Lions 16-13 at Lambeau.  I fully expect that if the trade goes through that Favre will win their battle due to Gruden stacking the deck for his old Green Bay buddy.

Of course all this is speculative until the ink is dry on this deal, as we all know the “Favre Express” has many twists and turns. But make sure to circle the date Sunday September 28th as the Green Bay Packers take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa at 1 PM on FOX. 

 

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

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