There is some kind of weird-a crazy-off going down in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Either that or the water in Mississippi is more polluted than normal. Or, perhaps, Brett Favre’s farm is cursed.
One of those ridiculous explanations needs to be true in order to explain what the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL is reporting: Packers President Mark Murphy met with Favre and his agent Bus Cook and offered the quarterback $20 million … to stay retired.
Obviously, I’m not shattering the world with that news; the use of the italics is to display my frustration at the fact that Favre is the single most annoying person in the world right now. And that he got offered more money than I’ll ever see, in order that he might not work.
On Wednesday, Packers President Mark Murphy met with James “Bus” Cook, Favre’s agent, at Cook’s law office in Hattiesburg, Miss., for about eight hours. The source said a central reason why Murphy went to Hattiesburg in the first place was that Goodell put heavy pressure on him to make the trip.
WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) in Milwaukee reported that during the meeting, Murphy presented Favre and Cook with an offer in which the Packers would compensate Favre in the area of $20 million over the next 10 years in order to remain retired.
According to a source familiar with both sides, this was not the first time that the two sides had discussed a financial arrangement that would tie Favre to the organization for years to come. It is thought that the discussions began as early as a few months ago.
It really is enough to make someone (me) want to type lots of obscenities in capital letters. But since that won’t do any good, I’ll say what I’ve been saying: trade him, please. At this point, we’re a looooooooooooooooooooong way from a good ol’ country boy hanging out on draft day.
(Hey! Now you can buy 20 million pairs of jorts!)
We’re to the point that he’s being talked about on Wednesday Night Baseball, and Rick Sutcliffe is somehow talking about his tarnished legacy. Yes, it is that embarrassing and sad. It makes Michael Jordan’s seventh run look with the Wizards like he won a championship.
And I get that the media is partially at fault because we/us/they/whoever keep reporting every minute detail on Favre — he’s got his own ESPN bottom line thingy for crying out loud — but let’s not act like he doesn’t enjoy this.