Something tells me the Jets won’t be holding a big retirement shin-dig for Favre like the Packers did last year.
And, of course, this report only begins the countdown to Brett Favre’s next comeback.
I mean, at this point, don’t we have to assume that no matter what Favre says now there is still a chance he could be playing somewhere (Minnesota anyone?) next season?
Here is the meat and potatoes of the Werder-Mortensen report:
In an e-mail to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Favre indicated he had no regrets about finishing his career with the Jets rather than with the Green Bay Packers franchise he represented for his previous 16 NFL seasons. He specifically praised Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, team owner Woody Johnson and fired coach Eric Mangini — and even mentioned Thomas Jones and Kerry Rhodes, both of whom were publicly critical of Favre after the team’s collapse in the final month of the season prevented the Jets from making the playoffs.
“Mike and Woody, as well as the entire organization, have been nothing short of outstanding,” Favre said in the e-mail. “My teammates — Thomas and Kerry included — were a pleasure to play with. Eric [Mangini] could not have been any better. I enjoyed playing for him. My time with the Jets was short, but I’m honored to be given that chance.”
Wisely, the Jets had reportedly given him a deadline to decide what he was going to do. I suppose that Favre deserves some credit for not dragging this out through the whole offseason. But like the people who give ARod credit for his lame apology this week, Favre only gets credit because he set the bar for expectations so low with how he handled last offseason.
I have read a lot of reports over the past few weeks that Favre wanted to leave New York and still had designs on playing with the Minnesota Vikings. I would think that retiring would throw a pretty big wrench in those plans, since he is still officially a Jet and they would retain his rights if he unretired.
So while it looks like the book on Favre’s storied and controversial career is over, it is Brett Favre. So who really knows.
Update: After posting, I popped on over to PFT to see what Florio had to say about it. And, as usual, he has highlighted a few reasons why this might not really be the end for Favre:
Thereâ€™s evidence to support the notion that he might not mean it this time, either.
Indeed, Mort and Werder report that, per an unnamed source, agent Bus Cook â€œinformally discussedâ€ with the Jets the possibility of granting Favre an outright release.
But the Jets said no.
Given the Jetsâ€™ refusal to do so, itâ€™s surprising that Favre has retired. If he had dragged his feet until 3:59 p.m. EST on February 26, the Jets might have had no option but to cut him in order to comply with the 2009 salary cap.
In the end, though, it might have been ego and pride that prompted Favre to avoid a news cycle featuring the headline â€œJets Cut Brett,â€ even if it would have given him what he tried to get from the Packers last summer â€” a free and clear release.
Weâ€™re still not sure this one is over. Last year, when Favre unretired, the Packers were able to absorb his $12 million cap number while they figured out what to do with him. This year, the Jets likely wouldnâ€™t be able to account for an unretirement by Favre without scrambling to create the cap space.
You’ll have to head over to PFT to find out Florio’s guess.
With that being said, I’ve always been a Brett Favre fan, though my support for him has waned over the past few years. I hope that this truly is the end for him, and that in five years we get to enjoy a tearful speech when he is inducted into the Hall of Fame. He has had a great career, and I think playing another mediocre year would just make us all one more year removed from his peak.
It’s time to remember Favre’s greatness and stop worrying about the wishy-washiness, self-absorption, and controversy that we have been inundated with over the past few seasons.
Retiring now is a good call Brett. For the sake of NFL fans everywhere, and your legacy, let’s make this the final retirement announcement.
What do you think — is this really the end of the road for Brett Favre?