OK I cannot help myself any longer. I keep hoping the Favre thing will just go away but it will not. This is a really bad soap opera and frankly Favre is the villain that no one seems to be willing to defy. He was a great quarterback and a lot of fun to watch, his enjoyment of the game on the field was infectious. The problem is that his decision to unretire is essentially selfish and shortsighted.
The Packers had every reason to move on and a need to do so. They need to get the team to coalesce around a new leadership corps and the offense will change to accommodate Rodgers skill set. In addition, they have to learn to work together. The succession process for Rodgers was going to be difficult, now it becomes impossible because the focus keeps being dragged back to Brett, which seems to be what he likes.
Favre wants to start and still has the ability, probably. You see he really has been playing in one system for the past decade or so that has been custom-fitted in that time to his skill set. That has helped him succeed about as much as he has helped the Packers over the years, something to keep in mind. While last season was good, the two prior seasons were mediocre at best. His skills have declined somewhat which is a process that is going to continue.
A team looking to acquire him probably has a two-year window maximum. They will need to be running a similar offense with a similar terminology to what he knows. He also needs to have a solid offensive line in front of him, under pressure he tries to make ill-advised plays rather than throwing the ball away leading to turnovers. This makes Minnesota a tempting place for him to land because of the offensive coordinator and offensive line.
Obviously, Green Bay is unlikely to allow a move within the division and it also makes giving Favre his unconditional release unlikely. Favre is obviously in this for himself, his disregard for his team and teammates seems clear. It will be even a bigger issue if he does end up in the Packer training camp so a deal will need to be cut hopefully soon. The number of teams who will both meet Favre’s requirements (he can start and the team is competitive for a playoff spot) and Ninnesota’s for compensation and outside their division at least is not high. (The Jets might be the best mutual trade partner.)
Still for my money it would have been better for him to go out at, or at least near, the top of his game. Players who hang on after their skills start to deteriorate are kind of sad to watch. They fail the standard that they themselves set and become kind of a distorted echo of themselves.