Brett Favre has now entered retirement for the second time. Is he really done, or will he have another change of heart and force the cap strapped New York Jets to release him, leaving Favre the opportunity to negotiate and sign with the Minnesota Vikings, who may be a quarterback away from being the overwhelming favorite to win the NFC North and make a deep run in the playoffs.
The problem is, Brett Favre proved last year that Packers General Manager Ted Thompson (pictured) made the right move when refusing to play ball with Favre and sending him to the Jets, for what turned out to be one season.
Favre had his moments in New York. He got off to a good start and actually had a 6 touchdown game. But as the season wore on, Favre wore down. His arm/shoulder bothered him and he clearly lost velocity on his throws. After an 8-3 start, the Jets went into the tank and missed the playoffs.
But for Packers fans that want to continue to ride Ted Thompson for ushering their hero out of town, consider this. Over his final five seasons, in the month of December, Favre finished with 13 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. There was a time when you wanted the ball in Brett Favre's hands late in games, because he came through. But Favre no longer possessed the ability to lead the Packers not only in come-from-behind fashion, but late in the season when you need him to be better than the opposition. That just wasn't the case and Ted Thompson knew it and made the decision to move on.
Thompson's loyalty isn't supposed to be to Brett Favre, it's supposed to be to the Green Bay Packers. I understand fans are frustrated that the player that's meant everything to this franchise was pushed out to the curb. I get it, and I agree that it's a sad way to see a great players career wind down.
You may not like Ted Thompson, or the way he conducts his business. He certainly hasn't hit on every move he's made. But it was time to move on at quarterback and get Aaron Rodgers into the picture and Ted absolutely made the right call.