Just saw an interesting, but not surprising, Brett Favre-related item that appeared in the New York Daily News and was picked up by ProFootballTalk.com. Gary Myers of the Daily News talked to a unnamed NFL source, who said: “Favre can’t stand Green Bay. He wants to play Green Bay and say, ‘I told you so.’ His bitterness is creating this. I think he’s calling Minnesota. I think Minnesota is talking about this as we speak. You haven’t heard the end of Favre. No way. He is bionic. As long as somebody will let him in, he will play.”
Of course, none of this quote comes as a surprise. Everyone knows a big part of the reason that Favre wanted to play for the Vikings last season was so he could get a chance to stick it to the Packers twice a season. Although it’s probably not fair to say that “Favre can’t stand Green Bay.” The reality is that his issues are with the Packers’ current front office regime and in particular general manager Ted Thompson.
As for the Vikings talking about this situation, that would be expected. Coach Brad Childress admitted Friday that the subject of Favre was going to come up and in reality I’m sure some at Winter Park already have discussed the issue. In fact, word is that Favre and Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell have spoken since Favre was released by the Jets early in the week.
But before anyone gets too excited about that fact, keep in mind that Favre and Bevell have been good friends since Bevell served as the Packers’ quarterbacks coach from 2003-05. One reason the NFL probably cleared the Vikings after Minnesota was charged with tampering by Green Bay last year is that Favre is friends with a few members of the Vikings staff, including Childress, and proving that the conversations were above and beyond the norm would have been difficult.
It also makes sense that Bevell and Favre would have talked after the Jets released Favre from their reserve/retired list, considering that any conversations had after that point could not be considered tampering in any way.