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Texans not interested in “circus” that would accompany Favre

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The Texans didn’t call “retired” quarterback Brett Favre two weeks ago, after starting quarterback Matt Schaub suffered a season-ending foot injury.  Now that backup Matt Leinart is feared to be lost for the season with an apparent broken collarbone, will the Texans call Favre?

Um, no.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated explained during Football Night In America that Texans G.M. Rick Smith doesn’t envision pursuing Favre.  Smith said that the Texans likely won’t be interested.  “I don’t want to bring the circus to town,” Smith told King.

Likewise, Favre told King via text message (no photos, please) that the future Hall of Famer isn’t interested in returning, for similar reasons.  Favre also said that he hasn’t thrown a football in a month, which would make it harder for him to get ready to play.

That said, Smith didn’t completely slam the door on the possibility.  And for good reason.  The options currently are rookie T.J. Yates, veteran journeyman Kellen Clemens (Favre’s backup with the Jets in 2008), and whichever guy the Texans sign off the street this week.  (They recently worked out 41-year-old Jeff Garcia.)

At some point, owner Bob McNair could give the order to try to make an upgrade.  Or Smith and coach Gary Kubiak could decide that the time has come to welcome the circus to Houston, for fear of getting run out of town if the Texans collapse.

If the Texans were to consider making a run at Favre, they’d have to restructure some contracts, quickly.  As of last Sunday, the Texans had only $1.9 million in salary cap space.

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60 Responses to “Texans not interested in “circus” that would accompany Favre”
  1. bosstown1 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:21 PM

    Only thing that would stop Favre from even accepting any type of offer is he probably wonders if he’s the real life Kenny Powers at this point

  2. trbowman says: Nov 27, 2011 8:24 PM

    Jeff Garcia baby!

    Or Pep.

  3. shawon0meter says: Nov 27, 2011 8:24 PM

    Favre coming back would be so annoying! Thank you, Houston!

  4. cletusvandam says: Nov 27, 2011 8:26 PM

    Where’s David Carr when you need him

  5. sask9999 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:26 PM

    Sign Pennington!!!! The ultimate game manager and a great leader. He’s a year out from his shoulder surgery and a free agent. Perfect fit for the texans.

  6. phillyphever says: Nov 27, 2011 8:26 PM

    Has to be Garcia. Either him or try to get Plummer out of retirement.

  7. Foremastjack says: Nov 27, 2011 8:26 PM

    Circus or no, the cat wins football games and as a Texans fan, I’d like to experience a little bit of that before I die.

  8. stuartscottsgooglyeye says: Nov 27, 2011 8:26 PM

    Nobody cares about this. That being said…can PFT acknowledge the Jerome Simpson flop to draw a 15 yard flag (ended up offsetting another penalty)? He is now the Anderson Varejao of the NFL.

  9. zonedogz says: Nov 27, 2011 8:27 PM

    The only circus in town without adding Favre would be the one with TJ Yates and Kellen Clemens running the team into the ground and watching a Charger-like free fall in the last 5 games.

  10. sterilizecromartie says: Nov 27, 2011 8:28 PM

    Nobody out there dislikes Favre more than I do, but the Texans really should call him. Circus or not, Favre is a drastic improvement over anyone currently on that roster. If their goal is to win a Super Bowl they need to upgrade their QB position.

  11. packmanfan says: Nov 27, 2011 8:30 PM

    Bring him back and maybe, just maybe, everyone will finally get to see how overrated he really is and learn that lesson once and for all.

  12. cmr123 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:30 PM

    Jeff Garcia
    D. Culpepper
    T. Edwards
    T. Collins
    B. Bhrom
    J. Delomme
    J. Harrington
    Troy Smith
    Any practice squad players are all better options than Farve or they are really not and the best option would be Farve whether you like him or not. I am not a Farve fan or hater and there is no doubt that he will be there best option. No matter what everyone would watch.

  13. danielcp0303 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:30 PM

    From a football standpoint, it makes sense to go out and get him. He gives that team a legit chance to make some noise in the playoffs, something that franchise has never come close to. Won’t happen though.

  14. whichiwhichwawa says: Nov 27, 2011 8:31 PM

    Is it still Favre’s fault certain media outlets and blogger keep bringing his name up on a weekly basis???

  15. 1captain1 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:31 PM

    Houston has the best running game in the league.

    Why do they need a QB?

    Just run what Denver is running… they changed their scheme in just 1 week!

  16. beowolf1961 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:32 PM

    Every one is talking about Farve when theres a younger probowl quarterback out there that isn’t playing. What about Dante Cullpepper? Big, Strong, mobil, powerfull arm, and accurate.

  17. norcalmafia says: Nov 27, 2011 8:32 PM

    And neither is anyone else!We already have to get force fed Tebow please dont bring back the Favre drama.

  18. berniemadoffsides says: Nov 27, 2011 8:34 PM

    Kurt Warner.

  19. bucsfan5000 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:35 PM

    How about Jamarcus Russell?

  20. thekingdave says: Nov 27, 2011 8:36 PM

    I pointed out the salary cap thing in other posts where you pulled the Favre card but those comments conveniently got lost somewhere. Anyways, even if they somehow do collapse and miss the playoffs(don’t see it, they’re already 4-0 in the division with a not so tough schedule), I think Kubiak and Smith will be back given the circumstances. Wade Phillips has Ben a godsend, and they’re aren’t many glaring needs on the roster for the first time in franchise history. The AFC South looks to be ours to lose for the near future.

  21. ericdre says: Nov 27, 2011 8:37 PM

    Here’s a thought… why not try to sign Jake Plummer. I don’t know if he’s still in football shape but he knows the offense and might be a better option than anyone out there.

  22. Sixx says: Nov 27, 2011 8:39 PM

    McNabb will be released later this week.

  23. thejuddstir says: Nov 27, 2011 8:41 PM

    Not a fan of the Texans but this might be their best playoff chance yet but TJ Yates isn’t going to be their answer. If Favre was in shape, I would actually like to see him come back, the dude is a diva but he’s also a gamer.

  24. righton989 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:41 PM

    Brett will be doing Houston a favor if he chooses to return. A $10M one year deal, 10,000 acre ranch and a 30 ft statue in front of the stadium might convince him to lead Houston to the Super Bowl.

  25. Steve says: Nov 27, 2011 8:42 PM

    I’d like to see Kurt Warner for 1 more run. Or maybe I’ve been watching “A Football Life” too much…

  26. beavertonsteve says: Nov 27, 2011 8:45 PM

    the other guy you should add to the list is Marc Bulger. He’s just retired this year.

  27. gb4mn0 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:46 PM

    Since both Schaub and Lienart are on the IR they have plenty of time to learn the fine arts of sextexting and denying from the old gunslinger.

    Favre only wants to join a team that has the Packers on their schedule. It would be his ultimate middle finger to TT to try and break up the undefeated season of the Champs.

  28. kosarsmyidol says: Nov 27, 2011 9:02 PM

    sask9999 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:26 PM

    “Sign Pennington!!!! The ultimate game manager and a great leader. He’s a year out from his shoulder surgery and a free agent. Perfect fit for the texans.”

    Although I agree that Pennington would be a great signing in such a situation, he tore his ACL in March.

  29. jerseyshoregiant says: Nov 27, 2011 9:03 PM

    Seriously, enough with the Brett Favre crap. NOBODY is calling him. Dude is going to the hall of fame with basically ZERO packer fans behind him.

  30. Amadeus says: Nov 27, 2011 9:03 PM

    Vinny Testaverde, anyone?

  31. packerstexansfan says: Nov 27, 2011 9:05 PM

    Please stop with this already! Favre shouldn’t be on the Texans, or any other team for that matter.

  32. upperdecker19 says: Nov 27, 2011 9:07 PM

    Maybe we found the “secret” team in negotiations to sign T.O.??? He’s ready to play QB according to Mr. Rosenputz.

  33. bnwillard says: Nov 27, 2011 9:12 PM

    SOURCE: Jake Delhomme will be signed by the Texans on Tuesday

  34. Henry says: Nov 27, 2011 9:15 PM

    Nobody ever mentions Drew Bledsoe, he could kick Farve’s butt head to head.

  35. commandercornpone says: Nov 27, 2011 9:15 PM

    they need someone who can hand off and throws a nice deep ball.

    favre wont limit himself to throwing occasionally.

    pullpecker sucks. his time in daytwa proved his arm is shot. and he cant move.

    russell is a joke, and a fatter one now.

    not sure what kind of arm trent edwards and brohm have. color me intrigued.

    delhomme and troy smith are headcases. no.

    collins and garcia do not have deep arms. the d will cheat up and then u have no offense at all.

    bulger is like warner. really seemed like he had had enough already.

    even if healthy, pennington has no arm and face it, if u pick him up… you will need another guy the week after cause he will get hurt.

    jp losman?

    try jo-ey. over his last 15 or so nfl starts he had a better record than pullpecker or dogkilla (at that time, and likely again now). he does have a deep arm.

  36. texanfan62 says: Nov 27, 2011 9:18 PM

    I guess if Smith doesn’t want a Circus he doesn’t want customers.They WILL in no way win a playoff game with TJ Yates or Kellen Clemens. Garcia has at least playoff experience.Jake Plummer cannot be signed or picked up as Tampa Bay has his rights from a trade,he would have to be released.

  37. kane337 says: Nov 27, 2011 9:19 PM

    What about David Garrard?

  38. jjbadd says: Nov 27, 2011 9:30 PM

    Kubiak backed up Elway, & he & Favre are bout the same age… Why not Kube?

  39. cmr123 says: Nov 27, 2011 9:35 PM

    Losman is a Dolphin and has been for about 2 months.

  40. zonedogz says: Nov 27, 2011 9:36 PM

    Garrard just had back surgery.

  41. paochow says: Nov 27, 2011 9:39 PM

    Tell Rackers to change his number and sign the gunslinger…

  42. kane337 says: Nov 27, 2011 9:42 PM

    Just found something….

    “The player rep for free agent David Garrard confirmed Monday that his client will be unavailable to sign with teams for another 3-4 weeks following October back surgery.
    We’ve seen several suggestions that the Texans or Bears should sign Garrard, but he won’t be playing football this season. The 3-4 week timeline is probably optimistic considering the source, and Garrard has shown no interest in returning to the field in previous opportunities earlier this year.”

  43. i3addog says: Nov 27, 2011 9:45 PM

    Totally selfish of the Texans. Sure, they may not enjoy the circus but the rest of us would.

  44. sdjay76 says: Nov 27, 2011 9:47 PM

    garcia? plummer? you’ve got to be kidding me. the texans are the 09 vikes all over again. bring in favre and let the drama build.

  45. Bob says: Nov 27, 2011 10:07 PM

    Ah, Peter King couldn’t let two weeks go by without a Favre update. It’s not like the world was clamoring to hear from Favre or about Favre. Sticking to writing about coffee and youth sports, King.

  46. whatwouldlombardido says: Nov 27, 2011 10:14 PM

    Last week it didn’t make sense to put in a call for Favre. This week it does. And both sides are in denial, which makes me wonder if contact has not already been made…

  47. thefiesty1 says: Nov 27, 2011 10:25 PM

    I told you that Houston would NEVER play in the SB. They blew any chance when they passed on Bush or VY. It all goes down to management. Karma when everyone gets hurt.

    Seems like there are a LOT more injuries this year than normal – due to the lockout?

  48. tebowspeech says: Nov 27, 2011 10:49 PM

    I can understanding calling Favre in this situation, but whatever the Texans do: don’t TEXT him.

  49. jetlionlove says: Nov 27, 2011 11:08 PM

    Whichever guy get this job will get a major opportunity. Great team with the potential to go deep on the playoffs.

    My guesses would be Trent edwards or Bulger… & I’d like to see bulger do it. Run game, good line, andre johnson….

  50. dalucks says: Nov 27, 2011 11:21 PM

    I would sign Chase Clement for 500K and use 1 million for Terrell Owens because the Texans need a wide reciever who can catch the ball other than Andre Johnson. Derrick Mason has not worked, Bryant Johnson cannot get active, Jacoby Jones is a good punt returner, and Kevin Walter can only gain 20 yards a game. TJ Yates will be fine with the running game and defense in Houston but he needs another vertical weapon to throw to whenever Gary Kubak stops being conservative and lets Yates play.

  51. skiier4384 says: Nov 27, 2011 11:27 PM

    Tell Favre that if he takes the job as Texans QB, he’ll have a legit shot at seeing the Packers in the Superbowl and perhaps ending their perfect season in the big game. Trust me, that’s all you need to say.

  52. goawayeverybody says: Nov 27, 2011 11:33 PM

    What about Daunte Culpepper.

    And btw, I’m surprised people still think David Garrard is available. He had back surgery.

  53. goawayeverybody says: Nov 27, 2011 11:34 PM

    Now that the Chiefs’ season is over, trade a first round draft pick for Kyle Orton.

  54. momsasaynt says: Nov 27, 2011 11:37 PM

    He said he wasn’t interested yet you won’t let go. You wanted him gone yet you keep dragging his name back in. Leave him alone for God’s sake. He deserves some peace whether you like him or not.

  55. term3186 says: Nov 28, 2011 12:17 AM

    Blew chances by passing on RB and VY? What? Schaub > VY. Foster/Tate > RB. Super Mario Williams = win. Also, Super Mario > RB & VY.

  56. thekingdave says: Nov 28, 2011 1:25 AM

    @thefiesty1

    That was one of the worst posts I have seen on any sports site, period. You illustrated you are beyond clueless regarding the Kubiak/Smith rebuilding that started in 06, as well as football, and sports general in fans. For you Favre whackos, for the love of God, spell his name right. It’s been an accepted fact since the mid 90s. Adopt the English language to succeed in life, please.

  57. savannahrose44 says: Nov 28, 2011 5:20 AM

    There will still be Favre speculations when he’s 80 years old and in a wheelchair.

  58. stellarperformance says: Nov 28, 2011 7:06 AM

    As a Packer fan I would love to see Favre return (again.) Any additional near-certain humiliation that could be shoved down his arrogant self-centered throat would be welcomed.

  59. choknugget says: Nov 28, 2011 8:23 AM

    Not a Texans fan, but please don’t kick the tires on the Culpepper-Moss relationship again.

  60. jimmypopnl says: Nov 28, 2011 2:28 PM

    “Henry says:
    Nov 27, 2011 9:15 PM
    Nobody ever mentions Drew Bledsoe, he could kick Farve’s butt head to head.”

    Just like in Superbowl 31? oh wait, that’s not how it turned out.

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