Though I haven't seen any reports suggesting retired Packers legend and Jets quarterback Brett Favre might try a comeback in Washington, owner Daniel Snyder's history gives the idea some possibility. Snyder likes to make splashy moves -- even if they don't always work -- and he's already shown twice this offseason he isn't above trying to get another quarterback.
The Redskins tried to get Jay Cutler from the Broncos, but the Bears swept in and got the disgruntled Denver singal-caller instead. Then Washington toyed with the idea of trading up to get former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez in the first round of the NFL Draft. The possibility was so real, current Redskins QB Jason Campbell asked for a trade if Sanchez was indeed wearing burgandy and gold.
The Jets beat Washington to Sanchez, filling their gaping hole behind center. That leaves Campbell as the team's starter going into the final year of his contract. I haven't seen any reports the team is working on an extension with Campbell, which usually means the team isn't sold and might be looking for other options.
Still, I don't see Favre coming to Washington. By all accounts, if Favre does come back, it will only be with the Vikings. Head coach Brad Childress has made no secret that he wants Favre, and why not? Minnesota is a quarterback away from being a Super Bowl contender. They have the game's best back in Adrian Peterson and a defense that would scare anyone in the league -- running teams especially.
But with Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels behind center, there is a glaring need for the Vikings. A lot of experts say Minnesota's wideouts are nothing special, but maybe that's because they have average quarterbacks trying to get them the ball. Favre, assuming he's healthy and committed, would probably fix that.
Favre's relationship with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell -- who used to be quarterbacks coach in Green Bay -- is a large reason why Favre would consider the Vikings, as is the fact that the Vikings run a system similar to the one Favre ran in Green Bay. Favre wanted to go to the Vikings last season, but the Packers wouldn't hear of it. Favre might also have that in his mind; wanting to get back at the Packers twice a season.
The Redskins won't play the Packers at all this season -- unless they meet in the playoffs.
If Favre comes out of retirement again, it will only be for the Vikings. As enticing as the idea of No. 4 trotting into FedEx in burgandy and gold might be for Snyder, I don't think all the dollar signs in the world would make it happen. Good thing, too; I don't want a quarterback coming in with a bum shoulder and a questionable motivation trying to learn a new offense for a second-year head coach.
That would most likely throw off whatever chemistry the Redskins have, which would lead to a disastrous season. Besides, Favre wouldn't be a long-term solution; he might wind up being good for a year, maybe two. With Campbell in the final year of his deal -- and young guys Colt Brennan and Chase Daniels on the team -- Washington needs to find a long-term solution at quarterback, and Favre wouldn't be it.
Brett Favre as a Redskin would be a bad idea, and I'm comfortable in saying I don't think it will happen. So maybe Jason Campbell can finally start breathing again.
Sports Round-Up, Volume 9
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