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Stage Set For Favre's Second Annual Unretirement?

Earlier this year, quarterback Brett Favre announced his Second Annual Retirement.
The move was surprising, given that Favre had enough leverage to force an outright release.  With a $13 million cap number that the Jets couldn’t comfortably carry, Favre could have dug in his heels — and the Jets would have had to dump him.
Per published reports from February, agent Bus Cook asked the Jets if they’d give Favre an outright release in lieu of placing him on the reserve-retired list, and the Jets declined.
But, as point out in our latest Ten-Pack for SportingNews.com, circumstances have since changed.  The Jets have found their quarterback of the future.  (And, as far as the effort to sell PSLs is concerned, the future is right-freaking-now.)  They’d have no reason to bring Brett back, if he decides he wants to play in 2009.
Then there’s the question of whether Favre has the stomach to force the issue for the second straight year.  On one hand, all he has to do is send a letter to the Commissioner asking to be reinstated, and then the Jets would have to come up instantly with enough cap room to accommodate his $13 million salary.  On the other hand, he’d have to suffer through even louder voices of criticism for his inability to move on, and for his clumsy quest to end his career in Elwayian fashion.
Our guess?  If Favre decides that he’s intrigued by addition of Percy Harvin to a stable of playmakers that includes Adrian Peterson, Chester Taylor (for now), and Bernard Berrian, Favre might feel very differently in late June than he did in late January regarding the question of whether his Second Annual Retirement should be his last one.
So file this possibility away in the back of your minds for now.  In roughly the same spot where it’s likely swirling in the back of Brett’s.
UPDATE:  In the interests of clarity, the Jets couldn’t trade Favre to the Vikings or any other NFC North team (except the Packers) without owing Green Bay three first-round draft picks.  But if/when Favre forces his free and clear release, Favre can sign with anyone, and the Jets would owe the Packers nothing.

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73 Responses to “Stage Set For Favre's Second Annual Unretirement?”
  1. jimicos says: Apr 28, 2009 4:07 PM

    Not that it’s written in stone or anything, but… Welcome to our nightmare, Jets fans.

  2. Kevin from Philly says: Apr 28, 2009 4:07 PM

    Too late. The Madden Cruiser just pulled into Iowa. Favre will be on his honeymoon through the first mini-camp.

  3. josereyes0 says: Apr 28, 2009 4:07 PM

    Florio, just stop it, quit it, he’s done. Stop milking page views and comments. It’s not a very respectable thing to do.

  4. kravon says: Apr 28, 2009 4:07 PM

    Cowboys? .Romo could learn a few things from Favre for a few seasons.

  5. jkuhn says: Apr 28, 2009 4:08 PM

    Wow i was happy to have not heard anything about Favre since he retired. Thanks for ruining that for me. This is def. a stretch for a slow day…

  6. Mattmanus says: Apr 28, 2009 4:08 PM

    Uh, he is a pud, but I really don’t see him trying to come back.

  7. CerratoHater says: Apr 28, 2009 4:08 PM

    as much as I usually love your regular conspiracy theory types speculation… please leave the favre thing alone unless there is real news.
    we are all so tired of hearing about this guy.

  8. Slow Joe says: Apr 28, 2009 4:10 PM

    There is no news in this blog post. This is just an attempt to create a story where one does not as yet exist.
    Oh, I’m sure you’ll get your hits and your three pages of comments (“Why can’t he let go?!?!” “Come to Minny Brett!!”) but there is not a single quote in this whole piece that would lead anyone to believe that anything has changed. Brett is most likely done.
    I love you, Mike, but you do enjoy stirring the pot.

  9. cobrala says: Apr 28, 2009 4:11 PM

    Much ado about nothing.
    This is a joke.
    Just report the facts please.

  10. ActionDan says: Apr 28, 2009 4:12 PM

    Florio, get over it.
    It’s over.
    As much as I would love to see Favre on the Vikings and have Aaron Rodgers school him twice this season, it is not going to happen.

  11. gary says: Apr 28, 2009 4:12 PM

    As a Packer fan I wish he would go to the Vikings, they are a classless organization and Favre belongs there.

  12. GiantsFanInBirdsCountry says: Apr 28, 2009 4:12 PM

    Same S___ different year.

  13. JuicyMelon says: Apr 28, 2009 4:13 PM

    I wouldn’t object. Favre to Vikes……

  14. svnrdr says: Apr 28, 2009 4:13 PM

    I’m glad I’m taking a dump right now.

  15. mngarber says: Apr 28, 2009 4:13 PM

    I recalled a “poison pill” provision in the deal that protected Green Bay from a scenario in which Favre went from the Jets to an NFC central team.
    Is that still an issue?

  16. MoparMan says: Apr 28, 2009 4:13 PM

    Oh my god I just threw up a little. The Vikings may not be headed to the promise land with Sage “Helicopter” Rosenfels, but the last thing they should do is spend millions of dollars on a QB like Brett Favre. If he would have come to the light when he actually had a career, we would’ve gladly taken him from the Pack, but those days are done and gone….long gone. SKOL Vikings!!

  17. daddytips says: Apr 28, 2009 4:20 PM

    “Cowboys? .Romo could learn a few things from Favre for a few seasons. ”
    Like how to age gracefully? How to retire with class?

  18. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Apr 28, 2009 4:22 PM

    Harvin as a carrot for Favre? Please. The man’s thrown to some great receivers in his day. I highly doubt he sees a Florida Gator receiver as the cats ass to entice him to come back, especially with Childress running the show. Name one Gator receiver drafted in the 1st round that’s ever done anything. Once they face man and press coverage rather than roaming free in the spread offense and the SEC which plays soft zones, they wilt like a flower.
    All of this is also dependent upon Harvin even being healthy to play and passing his drug tests. He’s going to be tested early and often now that he enters the league as a Level 1 offender. If he can’t pass a drug test when he KNOWS he’s going to be tested, what makes people think he will do it when he doesn’t know it’s coming.
    Jacquez Green

  19. The Invisible Guest says: Apr 28, 2009 4:23 PM

    I’d love to see it happen .. Favre in Minny vs. the Packers would push that rivalry to a boiling point. I don’t think he’s got much left in the tank. Wouldn’t it be ironic if he did come back, and the Packers were the team to knock Brett out of action … thus ending his coveted streak. C’mon back, Brett.

  20. jets83 says: Apr 28, 2009 4:23 PM

    hahaha Florio you are such a hack.
    is it a slow day for your or something that you need to pull this one out of thin air?
    Get over it.

  21. Stephen Jensen says: Apr 28, 2009 4:23 PM

    There’s no way Madden retires if there was any shot of Favre coming back.

  22. chet72 says: Apr 28, 2009 4:25 PM

    This is why I love this site you rumor mongoring, conspiracy theorizing, italian leprechan. Living the dream

  23. dwbarret says: Apr 28, 2009 4:27 PM

    I love this site, but this article seems over the top. I am reading no news in this post. This is pure speculation, right? Have you heard ANYTHING that leads you to believe that Favre has set the wheels in motion to unretire??????????????????

  24. empty13 says: Apr 28, 2009 4:28 PM

    assuming favre files for reinstatement…
    as the florio-article says, and has been said before… if the jets trade favre to the lions, bears or vikes, they owe the pack 3 pix.
    if the jets let him go, they owe green bay nothing.

  25. finsbooyah says: Apr 28, 2009 4:29 PM

    I just got a migrane

  26. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Apr 28, 2009 4:31 PM

    Give us a break, Florio. Can’t your so-called mind come up with something better than this? Really a slow news day? We have been through this enough already. No Vikings fan with a shred of common sense wants to see Farve in purple. Emphasis on “common sense.” So stop throwing these ridiculous ideas out there. Just because you hate the Vikes doesn’t mean we fans are stupid enough to bite on something like this.
    Are we?

  27. mrmagoo says: Apr 28, 2009 4:32 PM

    The NFC North would have to be the most interesting division in football if it happened.

  28. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Apr 28, 2009 4:34 PM

    So when is Madden going to announce his unretirement?

  29. MarkB says: Apr 28, 2009 4:38 PM

    Elwayian? Elwayian? Step away from the keyboard and put your hands up. It’s for your own good.

  30. bornstar25 says: Apr 28, 2009 4:40 PM

    Do it, do it.

  31. jets83 says: Apr 28, 2009 4:41 PM

    Florio, you are trying to legitimize this site to the point where you acutally can “break” stories and get credited yourself instead of just posting everyone elses stories, but then you go and write a story like this and set yourself back about 12 months
    Someone who wants to legitimately break newsworthy stories, can’t just go out and make something up without having a source….not even you

  32. MkePackFan says: Apr 28, 2009 4:42 PM

    Yes please….wanted it last year, still want it this year….Packers beating a Brett Favre led Vikings team twice a year.
    But this is a pipe dream, it won’t happen

  33. theendzoneview.com says: Apr 28, 2009 4:49 PM

    I heard if Favre unretires and joins the Vikes, so will Barry Sanders and Jesus.

  34. skeetys says: Apr 28, 2009 4:52 PM

    Why all the hate? Florio is usually right about his theory’s ‘Speculation’ or not.
    I’d love to see Favre as a viking, even if he has to be benched or gets hurt, he could still help the young QBs there.

  35. robesity says: Apr 28, 2009 4:53 PM

    Here’s why Favre would play for the Vikings if he gets that “itch” and Bus Cook were to finagle his release from the Jets (a distinct possibility, see Cutler, Jay):
    A Dec. 28 trip to Soldier Field is the only cold-weather game in the final eight weeks of the season for the Vikings. As any Packer or Jet fan from the previous two years will tell you, the old man can’t play in the cold anymore.
    Better yet, the Vikings play 11 of 16 games indoors and travel to Cleveland (Sept. 13), Pittsburgh (Oct. 25) and Green Bay (Nov. 1) before the weather traditionally gets bad.
    And he gets the chance to stick to McCarthy and Thompson twice before riding off on his tractor.

  36. philthethrill says: Apr 28, 2009 4:54 PM

    Florio
    You are a whore for page views. Stop SELLING out and stick to the facts.

  37. ronmexico says: Apr 28, 2009 4:56 PM

    Don’t give this Favre shmuck any ideas, Florio.

  38. KAR1202 says: Apr 28, 2009 4:56 PM

    Last year Brett had not sent in his retirement papers to the NFL yet, this year he has according to reports. He is not coming back, time to look else where for a juicy story.

  39. robesity says: Apr 28, 2009 4:57 PM

    Here’s why Favre would play for the Vikings, were he to get that “itch” and have Bus Cook finagle his release from the Jets (see Cutler, Jay):
    A Dec. 28 trip to Soldier Field in the only cold-weather game in the final eight weeks of the season for the Vikings. As any Jet or Packer fan from the previous two years will tell you, the old man can’t play in the cold anymore.
    The Vikings play 11 game indoors and trips to Cleveland (Sept. 13), Pittsburgh (Oct. 25) and Green Bay (Nov. 1) all occur before the weather typically gets bad.
    He gets his long-awaited chance to stick it to McCarthy and Thompson before following the Madden Cruiser on his tractor.

  40. empty13 says: Apr 28, 2009 4:58 PM

    all ya need is favre…

  41. robesity says: Apr 28, 2009 4:59 PM

    Here’s why Favre would play for the Vikings, were he to get that “itch” and have Bus Cook finagle his release from the Jets (see Cutler, Jay):
    Dec. 28 trip to Soldier Field is the only cold-weather game in the final eight weeks of the season and the Vikings play 11 game indoors.
    And trips to Cleveland (Sept. 13), Pittsburgh (Oct. 25) and Green Bay (Nov. 1) all occur before the weather typically gets bad in those locales.

  42. Messiah says: Apr 28, 2009 5:08 PM

    dang, Flo. What’s up with you lately? 2 political posts followed by a Favre post… what’s next?
    Stay tuned for the next episode of “As the Ratings Turned”…………..

  43. ecsacker6306 says: Apr 28, 2009 5:08 PM

    Mike…. Oh, Mikey Mikey Mike…
    I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed.

  44. Joe 6-pack says: Apr 28, 2009 5:14 PM

    “I’d love to see it happen .. Favre in Minny vs. the Packers would push that rivalry to a boiling point. I don’t think he’s got much left in the tank. Wouldn’t it be ironic if he did come back, and the Packers were the team to knock Brett out of action … thus ending his coveted streak. C’mon back, Brett. ”
    This is, of course, assuming the Packers and their terrible pass-rush could even REACH Favre.

  45. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Apr 28, 2009 5:24 PM

    ImagineSuperBowlWin says, “No Vikings fan with a shred of common sense wants to see Farve in purple. Emphasis on “common sense.” So stop throwing these ridiculous ideas out there.”
    When has common sense and Vikings fan ever been used in the same sentence??? If the comments on PFT show one thing, it’s that common sense and Vikings fans are like oil and water.

  46. 1stngoal says: Apr 28, 2009 5:26 PM

    Mr. Florio,I usually find your excursions through the Land of Innuendo,and Conjecture quite entertaining, but this time you have gone too far…..

  47. empty13 says: Apr 28, 2009 5:33 PM

    favre isnt interested in helping younger QBs. or any other ones for that matter.

  48. kurt37 says: Apr 28, 2009 5:33 PM

    leave it alone already, geez.

  49. purpleguy says: Apr 28, 2009 5:34 PM

    Heh, heh, heh. Productivity in cheeseville decreased by 20% after this item was posted, as the proud fans of a 6-10 team with the league’s largest collection of slow poor tackling long-haired linebackers vent their outrage.

  50. Mactator says: Apr 28, 2009 5:38 PM

    You have no idea how great it feels to see another team suffering from the Favre wrath like we did last year! Poor Favre, I guess he feels no one is talking about him so he might need to make a move to make himself newsworthy for a couple of months.
    Go luck JETS! NOT!!!

  51. shaggeez says: Apr 28, 2009 5:38 PM

    what a non-story
    wow, florio

  52. jimicos says: Apr 28, 2009 5:38 PM

    Joe 6-pack says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 5:14 pm
    This is, of course, assuming the Packers and their terrible pass-rush could even REACH Favre.
    ————————————–
    Packers’ sacks of Vikings “QBs” in 2008: 3
    Vikings’ sacks of Rodgers in 2008: 4
    Yeah, Jared Allen made all the difference.

  53. JuicyMelon says: Apr 28, 2009 5:42 PM

    @ imaginesuperbowlwin,
    “Common Sense” would state that Favre is still better than the trio of QBs we have going into this season, the trio we had last season, and the plethra of QBs we had two seasons ago. Favre still has an arm and with a good running game, D, and O-Line, only good can happen.

  54. inmymind says: Apr 28, 2009 5:46 PM

    Please please please don’t encourage this over-the-hill jackie to come back. If Farve does come back John Madden has to come back; no one sucks up to Farve like Madden.

  55. watson111505 says: Apr 28, 2009 5:52 PM

    This is a classic case of GETTING OFF THE TIT… Favre probably breast fead till he was 20. Retire for good Favre. Please do us all
    a favor and RETIRE.

  56. par4life says: Apr 28, 2009 5:52 PM

    I think the so called poison pill of trading Favre to any NFC North team was only good for last year so if the Jets could actually clear enough room to not release him they could trade him to any team they desired. I also recall there being an agreement that if he wanted his release after one year the Jets would honor it although that may have been a handshake agreement in which the Jets could re nag. In any case I doubt very much Favre or the Vikings would be interested in this. He did play pretty good the first half of last season so he has about a half a tank left perhaps.

  57. aklud says: Apr 28, 2009 5:56 PM

    Wow, that’s a lot of hate.
    Rumor mill. What part of that is hard to understand?

  58. bouch42 says: Apr 28, 2009 6:08 PM

    I understand this is the rumor mill, but for Christ’s sake, quit making your own rumors.
    You’ve been doing this more and more often. You have a lot of good pieces on here but it goes to hell with items like this.

  59. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Apr 28, 2009 6:09 PM

    Favrah not coming back. I heard he opened a small engine repair business in Backcreek, MS. I think he called it 4 Strokes.

  60. hd3 says: Apr 28, 2009 6:12 PM

    So your theory is that Favre was willing to retire without forcing the issue after the season ended, but is now going to absolutely blow up his tarnished legacy because of the addition of Percy Harvin. And none of this is corroborated by any source of any kind.
    Really?

  61. buzzbissenger says: Apr 28, 2009 6:23 PM

    All you guys on here to take a shot at Florio, read the title of the post one more time:
    “Stage Set For Favre’s Second Annual Unretirement?”
    that’s right, QUESTION MARK as in, draw your own conclusion. 50+ comments in less than two hours, you all took the bait. Now get over it.

  62. myasylum says: Apr 28, 2009 6:27 PM

    See this is where people start to bitch at Favre for wanting attention all the time. It’s not Favre looking for attention, it’s the media that creates it. This is how it all starts and then that somehow makes Favre the “Diva”…. The media creates most of these stories not Favre. He hasn’t said one word for months!
    and if Favre wants to come back, good for him! Who cares! You people are more Divas then Brett is for whinning about him all the time.
    Just sit back and enjoy the game.

  63. teddybayer says: Apr 28, 2009 6:31 PM

    The stage is set? What does that mean? The stage is set for Iran to nuke Israel. That, sir, isn’t in the news today.
    I’m as tired of Betty Farve as the next guy, but until he says something like this, you’re just filling space with your man-crush.
    ‘This is why I dislike this site, you rumor mongoring, conspiracy theorizing, Italian leprechan.’
    Betty Florio?

  64. sikoix says: Apr 28, 2009 6:44 PM

    As a Viking fan who has missed less than a few games since 1991, I cringe at the thought of having Brett Favre on our team. I got to see him in person last year (living 60 minutes from Giants Stadium with many Jets/Giants fan friends with season tickets). He was slow, old, not really throwing the ball all that well and so on. Then there is his holding teams hostage — of course I’m going to laugh at the Packers when he did it to them, but no thanks. Also, let’s pretend he can still finish a full season — Childress couldn’t handle a guy like that. I’m kind of so so on Childress (not as harsh as his detractors, not as high on him as his loyalists, we’ll see what happens). The guy has built a solid roster and given us the defense we’ve been crying for, for years upon years. It looks like the offense isn’t too far behind at this point, for what it’s worth. Why ruin everything now for maybe 4 games of good quarterback play. Not worth the drama and really not even good at this point.

  65. sikoix says: Apr 28, 2009 6:46 PM

    I should add to my last post that the Viking fans that live in Minnesota seem to be a little bit crazy at times. I loved Dennis Green even before his first game in 1992 and I didn’t find out for seemingly years later that everything there hated him.

  66. JimmySmith says: Apr 28, 2009 7:03 PM

    I pray to God that Favre comes back in purple. It will be just another bone headed move in a futile attempt to solve the long standing QB problem in Minneapolis and not any more successful than the previous ones.
    What Favre doesn’t realize is the Col Klink is a freaking genius. His offensive vision sees a 2 yard dump pass on 3rd and eight as the perfect play except for the fact his players didn’t execute it properly, thus giving him the green light to throw players under the bus, which Childress does on a regular basis. Klink’s ego is bigger than Favre’s (if that is even possible) so my biggest disappointment is that the Vikings will only be selling seats to the games, not the real entertainment that is sure to follow in the locker room.
    Lastly, Favre signing with the Vikings will only add fuel to the delusion that the Vikings are going to the Superbowl, an annual rite of passage each and every spring. In a sad way, I am hoping that the Vikings do make it to the Superbowl if only to break the tie (0 wins, 4 losses) with the Buffalo Bills and stand alone as the biggest choke team of all time.

  67. Ditkarules says: Apr 28, 2009 7:40 PM

    He has proven in the past that his ego is greater than his talent (which in the day was pretty damn good!) As a Bears fan I would love to see him come back and fade late in the season for the Vikes….. I can still see all the rabid Jets fans (mid-season) talking about a subway SuperBowl…LOL it seems they hadn’t watched the last few years in Green Bay! Mny of the Green Bay fans around here started to sport some Jets gear, bet you can get it cheap on ebay

  68. Hype says: Apr 28, 2009 7:48 PM

    MkePackFan says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 4:42 pm
    Yes please….wanted it last year, still want it this year….Packers beating a Brett Favre led Vikings team twice a year.
    But this is a pipe dream, it won’t happen
    LOL…Vikes fans everywhere agree about the Pack beating the Vikings twice a year..the Farve thing is irrelevant.

  69. CanadianVikingFan says: Apr 28, 2009 7:49 PM

    Brett Favres Madden 2010

  70. Favre2012 says: Apr 28, 2009 9:01 PM

    Oh God I hope so. He’s a douchebag, but he’s an entertaining douchebag, and that’s all that matters. War another Favre unretirement!

  71. jmuscia says: Apr 28, 2009 9:45 PM

    RIGHT IDEA – FAVRE WILL BE BACK…..SHOUT IT OUT HERE…. FAVRE WILL BE BACK….BUT AS A BROWN…..just google, check out AOL fanhouse or anywhere reporting that Mangini has invited Favre to be the summer training camp quarterback coach…. huh…yeah….. meaning that he isn’t thinking trading Quinn or Anderson….he’ll have his quarterback competition with Favre running the team in 2009……
    READ IT HEAR…..and laugh……

  72. wozzman says: Apr 28, 2009 9:52 PM

    Could the Richard Smoking Vikings even afford the Diva SOB?
    Stick it to Ted Brett,,come on,lets see ya do it,,,,

  73. foxmtbr says: Apr 29, 2009 3:25 AM

    It is time for the first annual retirement of Florio.

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