Brett Favre throws stones at Deshaun Watson from the porch of a glass house

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Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre has every right to express his opinion on any and all topics on which he chooses to express an opinion. And anyone who chooses to react to Favre’s opinion with an opinion of their own has that right to do so.

Case in point: Favre has chimed in on the Deshaun Watson situation in Houston. Watson wants out, and the team has not slammed the door on the possibility of trading him. Favre, speaking to Yahoo Sports, offered up a quote that can fairly be called nonsensical, at best.

“You get paid a ton of money to do a certain job, and just do it, and let the chips fall where they may,” Favre said. “I think we make too much money to voice an opinion, but I’m not saying he’s wrong. Again, I think it’s a different day and time, and it’ll be interesting to see how the organization handles it.”

So, basically, Favre says Watson should shut up and play but maybe he shouldn’t because maybe he’s right and things are different than they used to be and let’s see if the Texans give Watson the thing that he may or may not have a right to ask for.

Watson’s agent, David Mulugheta, simply thinks Favre should shut up. “Brett should probably stop throwing stones from that glass house he’s sitting in,” Mulugheta said on Twitter.

Mulugheta is right. Favre basically held the Packers hostage for several years with his incessant musings about retirement. Then, after he retired, he decided he wanted to play for someone other than the Packers. So he showed up out of the blue and forced a trade. He wanted desperately to be traded in the NFC North. The Packers refused, but Favre ended up in Minnesota after a season with the Jets.

So how is what Favre did in 2008 different from what Watson is doing in 2021? The only difference is that it took Favre a full year to get what he wanted.

108 responses to “Brett Favre throws stones at Deshaun Watson from the porch of a glass house

  1. It’s not a bit different! Pot calling the kettle black. To have such nerve? Must have some brain injury

  2. I think it was Dieon Sanders who years ago said, when it comes to another man’s money stay out of it.

    Let that man handle his business. It’s the best advice.

  3. Favre is 100% right. You don’t get a contract like Watson signed only to back out of it a few months later. For the money they are committing to pay him, Watson needs to suck it up and take the bad with the good. Same with Wentz.

  4. In all fairness, green bay had one of the worst rosters in the league and he wanted out.

  5. You have the right to an opinion and you always have a right to your opinion being criticized. Both things happened here with Favre.

  6. Hey Brett, if and when you have a claim in this case, I may listen to your opinion. You don’t. You made all you could when you played. Fantastic you you. You were great. Now you are only looking to keep your name in the news. It’s probably your agents doing. He has to make a buck anyway he/she can..

  7. so they are either both right or both wrong. I don’t think you can say one is right and one is wrong , so what is it?

  8. This is after favre played for green Bay over a decade, and then drafted Aaron Rodgers.

    DeShaun hasn’t won anything and just, literally just signed a contract. I think if Watson had been playing longer, this would be different. Rule number 1, don’t sign an extension with a team you don’t want to play for. Come on man

  9. Don’t see what Favre says as being outlandish. Paid millions of dollars at a time when many Americans struggle to make ends meet. I’m not suggesting Deshaun should keep quiet or not ask for a trade. He has the right. But at the end of the day, if he isn’t traded, he should be in camp ready to go. Want to stick it to the Texans? Be a professional when they clearly haven’t been professional.

  10. by signing a new contract recently and then not holding up his end makes him a bad investment…. Bad for business… Needs to be put out of the league to establish for future mutiny there is consequences…

  11. The only thing he said was that in his prime qbs didn’t complain about contracts and that NFL players in general make a lot of money so they have no right to complain. For once Favre was actually ahead of the curve.

  12. Mr. Favre hadn’t just signed a four year deal to be the highest paid QB in the league and then turned around and said he wanted out. He just wanted out after they said they had already moved on when he retired. Novel idea. Watson can pay back any prorated bonus money paid to him (for future seasons) and then start to have an opinion on the subject.

  13. I don’t think anyone who’s spent any length of time around Brett Favre really listens intently when he speaks. It’s more like just hoping he can get through a sentence without embarrassing himself. In this case, I have no problem with Favre, other than the fact that he probably figures he has more in common with the Texans’ cult, than someone who might not be willing to drink the Kool Aid. I seriously don’t think Watson wanting to leave Houston, has anything to do with the football side of things.

  14. I don’t know, did Favre sign a 4 year extension a few months before he demanded to be traded???

  15. That INT he threw in the NFC Championship game vs the Saints is all you need to know about a QB forcing a trade. It never works out which is the same thing you can say about the Vikings playoff fortunes.

  16. Favre is right, this guys trying to ruin the NFL(pretty close to anyways) like Lebron ruined the NBA and most importantly fans hate it

  17. Not only did Favre already have an amazing career to that point that included a Super Bowl win, the Packers already had their next QB in waiting. Favre wasn’t gonna get benched for a kid, he was tired of how the organization was running.

  18. Also, watsons contract isn’t going to let good things happen around him. He took all the teams money. He knew that when he signed

  19. Favre flip flipped on retirement and took resentment that that Packers drafted his “heir apparent” Rodgers. How is that anything like signing a $156m contract at age 25 and then demanding a trade? Oh, it’s not…

  20. Did Watson not see the future when the Texans got rid of Hopkins etc in March. Then he signs a $160 million dollar contract in Sept and now he wants out. That’s bs on Watson’s part regardless of the bs the Houston did, because he stilled signed. Watson should have demanded a trade back in March, the moment they trades Hopkins. He didn’t, so now he needs to man up and play for the money he never should have got or taken.

  21. Mulugheta is right. Favre basically held the Packers hostage for several years with his incessant musings about retirement. Then, after he retired, he decided he wanted to play for someone other than the Packers.
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    BUT THERE’S A HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO YOU MISSED, Favre didn’t do it 4mos after signing a huge contract, it was near the end of his career!

  22. Agree with Florio completely on this one. What the hell is Brett Fav-ruh doing here?

  23. I as a fan am getting tired of players under contract forcing their way off teams in any sport. I agree with Brett and that the players need to do what they are paid to do.

  24. When Deshaun’s employer has a “QB in waiting” on the roster, and he has a Super Bowl ring on his hand, he can be a diva and threaten retirement and “pull a Favre” and force a trade. I don’t remember the Texans in the Super Bowl, and with all due respect… AJ McCarron is no Aaron Rodgers. Until then… he looks like a quitter and has damaged his brand.

  25. Yeah he’s trippin I think Watson has that right to ask for a trade. Why would you want someone to be somewhere especially a athlete when the fact is they don’t want to be on the team anymore? Trade them, get something for your lost, and keep it moving. Period! Plus Favre has done it before and has benefited from this maneuver.

  26. I don’t recall Brett Favre trying to run the organization’s coaching and GM searches and then wanting to quit because he wasn’t let in the conversation. And even if he did and left because of it, he left as a at the time sure fire hall of famer, SB winner, 3 time CONSECUTIVE MVP, starting every game from 1992 until 2008 – 17 straight seasons.

    In Watson we have a 25 year old kid non college graduate who wants to have a say in how a billion dollar organization is run because he’s played football for 3 years on midling teams.

    I’m not seeing the comparison guys.

  27. For starters he already won a SB and had spent several years in the league. Not to mention GB didn’t draft Farve. Also who says he didn’t learn from his mistakes and if giving an experienced opinion?

  28. “You get paid a ton of money to do a certain job, and just do it”

    That is coming from the same guy that is currently paying 1.1 million back to the state of Mississippi for which he was paid to do public speaking appearances that he never did.

  29. So the owner or whoever screwed up the situation by telling Watson he would be part of the coach and gm search. Dude, you’re a player making ridiculous coin, shut and try to play a kids game and maybe win some. You prima Donna’s need to have a reality check. Life is not fair. Have you ever heard that growing up, because you sure are not acting like it.

  30. The team likely would not have a Watson problem had management given the Kansas city coach an interview. There is no reason why should not have gotten one. O’brien was a foul mouth embarrassment on that HBO show.

  31. DeShaun must be careful , not rock the boat too much and remain hopeful to get out of there. He will get value as the market for trade was set by the Detroit-LA Rams deal. Next , find who has the picks and combine them with a pick and a QB. That would be Miami, NY Jets and PHILADELPHIA EAGLES. that would put Tua Wentz or Darnold in play, plus draft picks that Texans desperately need.

  32. Why does earning “too much money” mean you can’t/shouldn’t voice an opinion…?

  33. Favre wasn’t perfect, but it’s not the same situation at all.

    First, Favre retired from the Packers at age 39, after 15 seasons with them, 6 years into his then-current contract, when his 1st-round-pick replacement was on the roster and on the verge of taking over.

    When he “forced a trade”, he was no longer on the roster and not being paid by the team, and was not in any of their future plans. Team management believed he was no longer able to play at a high level, and he was as much nudged out the door as he walked through it.

    Watson, on the other hand, is only a few months into a $150 million contract, is the centerpiece of all the team’s plans going forward, and his grievance has to do with his role in team personnel matters. The team is fully committed to him. Not the same situation at all.

  34. Favre retired/unretired repeatedly, then manipulated his teams in order to get revenge on GB after they rightfully moved onto a transcendent talent. He probably shouldn’t talk.

    That said, he was a super bowl winner, 3x MVP and at the time, holder of every major passing record. Per Business Insider, his career earnings are less than Deshaun would have earned in his four year contract. To say they are arguing from the same position is disingenuous.

    Maybe Deshaun should be a little more grateful for earning more in the next handful of years than 99.999% of humanity will ever touch.

  35. What’s the matter Brett, nobody paying attention to you lately? Gotta have some press? Miss the limelight? You speak out more now then you did in your entire careers. Be quiet already.

  36. “I think it was Dieon Sanders who years ago said, when it comes to another man’s money stay out of it.

    Let that man handle his business. It’s the best advice.”
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    If I’m a fan, and I think a player is overpaid or creating a toxic situation: I hold every right as a fan to give you my opinion of your money and what it is worth. This isn’t private government work….this is entertainment and contracts are a big part of that.

  37. If teams can cut you at any time. I would absolutely use my right to not play if I feel the situation is toxic. That’s called BALANCING THE EQUATION.

  38. The problem is the players now seem to forget they are employees. And the idiot fans and media try to empower them. Why don’t you go to work in morning and tell your boss that if he does not listen to you and consult with you over future decisions you would rather leave. You will be told to leave without a choice. Watson needs to do what he is paid to do and keep his mouth shut. If he does not like it he can sit and lose his pay. Simple.

  39. I like how Brett toys with the media and they get triggered by every thing he says.

    As Brett would say to those in the media that are slamming him for this: “Hey, you asked”

  40. Favre still has a gun. You see how he hits his dog on a deep post with a tennis ball in his tv ad? 🙂

  41. Brett is entitled to his opinion . That and a token will get him a ride on the subway. He did take a lot of hard hits and suffered a lot of concussions during his hall of fame career.

  42. Here’s how it’s different. Favre wasn’t the starter when he asked to be traded. He had been benched in favor of Rodgers. He also didn’t have a shiny new contract.

    However, Favre’s crazy if he thinks Watson shouldn’t speak out. Unlike the Packers, the Texans are a dumpster fire and why should he sit quietly and watch the prime of his career get wasted?

  43. Did Brett Favre ever get crushed by the Bears 36-7 and get sacked 7 times doing it? Watson has.,

  44. The fact that Brett Favre is an idiot doesn’t mean that Watson isn’t out of line to force a trade 10 seconds after cashing that bonus check.

    As your article implies, Watson has a right to do it. And I have a right to think he’s wrong to do it. I’ll happily root for him to fail moving forward. The NFL is not the NBA.

  45. My two takes here are: 1) Favre is certainly sitting in a glass house, but Favre is irrelevant here. Watson is the target and if the stones thrown are deserved, it matters not who is throwing them. 2) Favre’s situation differs from Watson’s because the Packers had not only drafted Favre’s replacement, but they made the decision to bench Favre for him. On the flip side, the Texans just handed Watson a massive contract to be the face of their franchise.

  46. Every body seems to want all players to live up to their contracts but let the owners off the hook when I guy gets let go with a current contract. The players are doing the same thing the owners do all the time.

    If a player gets 15 sacks in a contract year, then 2 the following year, the team is doing everything they can to get out of the deal. They traded away his biggest weapon for garbage and gave away too many draft picks as well so they can’t even draft the QB the help he needs.

    Then they told him they would inform him of the coaching search and did not do it. He is only giving back the disrespect he was given. If they were men of their word this wouldn’t even have been an issue. btw, WATT wants out too.

  47. There are similarities but also some important differences in the Watson/Favre scenarios. Watson is whining b/c for some reason he thinks he should’ve a had in front office hirings. He plays QB. I get that he is “the face of the franchise” but what has that gotten Houston? 4-12 last year. Players play. He should shut his piehole, collect his massive paycheck and do his job. Period end of story.

    We have teachers who won’t report back to the classroom despite the CDC saying it’s safe to do so and yet they are still being paid full salaries. This is becoming a big problem… if things aren’t perfect people will simply not show up yet still expect to get paid. Watson sorta falls into this category and it’s crazy to most hard-working people.

  48. Texans are a joke, we all get that. BUT, Watson was well aware of that BEFORE he signed that big contract. I think it’s fine for him to ask for a trade, but if a trade doesn’t happen he needs to fulfill his obligation and play to the best of his abilities. I honestly don’t think what Favre said is ‘nonsensical’. 2 totally different situations.

  49. Watson should certainly play and honor his large contract for his team but since when did Favre become so relative in his opinions.he should just talk about his endorsements in which he is getting paid millions to do and stop sticking his nose in NFL teams business.just cant stay out of the limelight can he.

  50. I don’t really agree. Favre stayed in Green Bay after Holmgren left, he actually asked them to interview Steve Mariucci and they did not listen. He stayed though, even though he could have pouted. Yes the retiring thing was so annoying (I miss the days of that being the most ridiculous news), but they took Rodgers because they weren’t ever sure if he would really stop playing. He forced them to the trade him, but they had committed to Rodgers at the point because they used first round pick on him and were fed up with Favre doing this. He still wanted to play so they had to trade him. It is a different scenario because Favre would have still played with GB they just wanted to finally play Aaron. I see where you think he is being a hypocrite, and Favre isn’t the brightest bulb but I do think it is different.

  51. so much anger out there about peoples opinions. I seriously worry about our countrys future.

  52. Why anyone would ask Brett Favre about DeShaun Watson, first of all.

    As far as the commentary on Favre holding the Packers hostage…

    They offered Favre a “lifetime” contract. Their exact words. They wanted him to be a Packer forever. For better or worse.

    When it came time to divorce, despite having a prettier, younger, cheaper girl to move on to, they let the ex dictate the terms. First, a lame attempt at buyout didn’t work. Then, they were terrified of what would happen when said ex found another partner.

    Favre destroyed his image his last few years. No doubt about that. He could have enjoyed Lombardi or Lambeau status for what he did for the team, the community even.

    But to say the Packers were hostages? They never stood up to this guy. Even when it was clear the relationship was over.

  53. He forced them to the trade him, but they had committed to Rodgers at the point because they used first round pick on him and were fed up with Favre doing this.
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    Thats debatable, unfortunately.

    They let Favre report to Camp, and said that he could compete for the QB job.

    If the Packers had truly moved on, why allow that?

    .. I don’t think there was any easy way to move on from Favre, don’t get me wrong. But the Packers tripped all over themselves every step of the way.

  54. Here’s how it’s different. Favre wasn’t the starter when he asked to be traded. He had been benched in favor of Rodgers. He also didn’t have a shiny new contract.
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    Both are false.

    Despite all the drama, the Packers said Favre could compete in 2008. Thats how confident they were in Rodgers.

    And Favre’s contract turned into a series of 1 year deals that guaranteed he was 1 of the top 5 paid QBs in the League each year. Easier to deal than Watson, but still a pretty substantial hit.

  55. What Favre did is what Watson should do. Essentially Favre was in the same situation so he retired and forced a trade. He never had temper tantrums like Watson has had. Also, Favre had actually won something, contrary to Watson who has never won anything. It’s apples and oranges.

  56. It’s completey different:

    Favre was retired, not playing, not under contract.

    He should have been a free agent, and he wanted to sign with MIN

    GB blocked that for no reason.

    Comparing this to a current starter, who is under contract, is nonsensical.

    It’s apples and oranges.

  57. The Texans should give Watson and his contract to the Jets for their 1st round pick. They can draft a new QB and unload a malcontent and his huge contract to a perennial loser

  58. What Favre did is what Watson should do. Essentially Favre was in the same situation so he retired and forced a trade. He never had temper tantrums like Watson has had.
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    That is completely argumentative.

    The Packers allowed Favre to report to Training Camp in 2008, and told him he could compete with Rodgers for the QB job. At that point, McCarthy and Favre had a sitdown, after which, McCarthy wasn’t convinced Favre was committed to playing. Until that point, the Packers weren’t going to move him.

    Favres motives can be questioned, I am not naïve to that. But he didn’t force anything.

    And I don’t know what I’d label this as far as Favre.. but a tantrum really isn’t that far off. I think a BIG part of him, thought the Packers would just take him back. And when that didn’t happen, he went ballistic.

  59. Favre was retired, not playing, not under contract.

    He should have been a free agent, and he wanted to sign with MIN

    GB blocked that for no reason.
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    Favre was under contract with the Packers through the 2010 season.

    The Packers did try to block him from playing, but they had no power whatsoever to do so.

  60. Favre’s got a Super Bowl ring. Watson’s barely got 1 playoff win. There’s a difference for ya.

  61. But to say the Packers were hostages? They never stood up to this guy. Even when it was clear the relationship was over.

    +++++

    Except they did. When they told him he’d have to compete with Rodgers in training camp to win the starting job after he unretired.

    Favre cried about that so they traded him.

  62. Brett Favre had accomplished a whole lot more including bringing a championship to his team, was most of the way through a ten year contract, not a few months into one, AND they had just drafted his future replacement in the first round. Watson’s agent is an idiot. Lol

  63. If he wanted flexibility, he should have signed a 1-year deal. You see when you sign a long term contract, it’s important that you really understand the implications. Of course young star players don’t sign 1-year contracts, you’d be a serious injury away from losing potentially hundreds of millions. So each side has leverage. This is a business folks, not a Chuck E. Cheese ball pit. There are rules. Sit out DeShaun, Texans will suck with or without you.

  64. He’s right! Unless you own the team, honor your contract and shut up! If you want personnel decision-making responsibilities you have to earn it, or do the job you were hired to do and shut up. That doesn’t mean you can’t air your grievances in-house and in-private and negotiate whatever can be negotiated, but when you take it loud, outside, and in-public like Watson did, then the “public,” like Favre, can rightfully tell you to shut up. The bottom line……..Watson should shut up, not Favre. All prima donna’s should be told by everyone……..to shut up. Go get a job at UPS if you don’t like it. Now shut up!

  65. Except they did. When they told him he’d have to compete with Rodgers in training camp to win the starting job after he unretired.

    Favre cried about that so they traded him.
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    He never got the chance to compete.

    After his sit down with McCarthy, the Packers decided they would trade him.

    McCarthys whole ‘Crossing teh Rubicon’, “Train left the station” bit..

    .. there was posturing on each side. But if the Packers are going to be credited for taking a stand, they should have told Favre to stay home while they worked out a trade. Thats not what happened. They allowed Favre to turn this into a complete circus act.T

  66. When Watson has accomplished something of notable significance… or ANYTHING for that matter maybe he can pull a Favre. Until then he’s just a headlines seeking cry baby diva and his behaviour is not an example of what would make him the nucleus of a super bowl winning culture.

    Go ahead and make your armchair demands if you must Mr Watson but you agent should stop filling your head with the notion that you are in any way comparable to Favre.

  67. Favre is wrong and so is Watson. They both are divas and I wouldn’t want either one. Favre threw way too many INTs and gets labeled a gun slinger, likes it’s a good thing. Watson signed a huge contract four months ago. Both him and his agent are idiots for signing a new contract when literally everyone knew what was happening in Houston. The NBA ratings a have plummeted because of divas pulling that type of crap.

  68. What a horrible mischaracterization of Favre. He “held the PAckers hostage”???? give me a break. he threatened retirement because Mike Sherman was driving the team into the ground in the early 2000’s to get them to make moves. The same exact thing as Aaron Rodgers saying the team should go “all in” right now.

  69. Weird. Favre and Watson situations have so little in common that I am surprised this is even being spoke of. The gunslinger is right. Watson’s under a fat juicy contract and he needs to abide.

  70. Yeah Favre is totally wrong on this! Yes they make a lot of money but it doesn’t mean the players have to be somewhere they don’t want to be! I fully believe in the players right to choose where they want to go. Especially if they’re trying to leave a franchise like Houston! Period and Brett should know better.

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