Yesterday, freshly un-retired Brett Favre declared that he didn’t want to be a distraction to the Packers as they prepared for the 2008 season. There are subtler approaches, I’d think.
In any case, after a long talk with coach Mike McCarthy, it looks like Favre’s playing career in Green Bay officially ended with that NFC Championship Game interception last January. The team has decided to move forward with Aaron Rodgers, and since Favre didn’t re-un-retire to be a backup, that means he’ll have to ply his trade elsewhere.
Hello, Tampa Bay!
According to the TAMPA TRIBUNE, the future Hall of Famer is on the verge of joining the Buccaneers.
The Tribune has learned Favre will not stand in the way of a trade from Green Bay to Tampa Bay and the deal is likely to be finalized within 24 hours.
The chances of the trade unraveling are remote and Favre has indicated to the Bucs directly that he is willing to change teams after 16 years of growing his legend in Green Bay.
So if this happens, the Bucs will have 76 years of quarterback between Favre and Jeff Garcia (both are 38). The biggest issue facing Favre — other than Garcia’s wife, who’s not afraid to mete out a little vigilante justice in the name of her man — will be learning Tampa Bay’s complex offense over the next few weeks.
In related news, Peter King has just announced that he’s putting his in-season Green Bay home on the market and is looking for a place close to Raymond James Stadium.