The long, national night terror (it has passed the point of a simple nightmare) has returned: the Brett Favre rumor-watch is not dead; it is very much alive. And now, it's not happy. Let the midnight screams and cold sweats commence.
Tuesday night, the Jets officially cut Favre, meaning that if he chose to come out of retirement, which he announced in February, he'd be free to play for any team. In a statement, everyone's favorite gray-stubbled quarterback said, "Nothing has changed. At this time, I am retired and have no intention of returning to football."
"At this time...no intention..."
The speculation train is pulling out of the station now -- if you want on, hop aboard.
First, according to Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star-Ledger, Favre actually asked for his release twice, the second time coming after New York drafted Mark Sanchez. What's that mean? Probably nothing. But it would seem odd Favre was so insistent on becoming a free agent, no?
Now, even though both Favre and his agent have said the gunslinger is not coming back, it hasn't stopped the rumor mill from grinding out possible teams who might be interested, and right now, the clear favorite is the Minnesota Vikings (who interestingly enough, Favre was not allowed to sign with when leaving the Packers last year; this time around, he has no restrictions).
Without a doubt, Favre would give the Vikings a legitimate deep arm to get the ball to Berrian, something they currently do not have no matter who is the starting quarterback. He would join a team with a better defense than he had in New York. He would be in a controlled indoor environment for home games more conducive to his aging body than the Meadowlands was.And then, yesterday, a plane flew from Minneapolis to Hattiesburg. As Mike Florio points out at ProFootballTalk, Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport is not exactly a major connecting-stop, and of course, it just so happens that is the hometown of one Mr. Brett Favre.
He might be the missing piece to a team that might just be one player away from being NFC favorites.
All just needless, mindless rumors? Probably. Should you prepare yourself for more of them for the next few months? Definitely.
Favre released by Jets, free to sign with any team - RCS
Brett Favre asked New York Jets for unconditional release twice, says source - Newark Star-Ledger
Report: Favre Asked To Be Released Twice - PFT
Cook Says Favre Has No Plans To Unretire - PFT
Released Brett Favre might be missing piece for Vikings, trouble for Bears - Chicago Tribune
It's déjà vu all over again: Favre-to-Vikings rumors heat up - Shutdown Corner
Plane Flies From Minneapolis To Hattiesburg, And Back Again - PFT