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Is Brett Favre Really Planning On Making Another NFL Comeback?

Submitted by on July 26, 2011 – 9:22 amOne Comment

In case you haven’t heard…THE NFL LOCKOUT IS OVER!

After negotiating for more than four months, the NFL players and owners have agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement and they’ll start the 2011 NFL season on time in September. And now that that’s finally over, we can get back to talking about things that matter—like, where all of the NFL’s top free agents will play this year, which NFL rookies will sign first, and which team will sign Brett Favre to play quarterback for their team.

Wait, WHAT!? That’s right. After an extremely trying 2010 season with the Minnesota Vikings, folks are already starting to talk about another comeback for Brett the Jet. Over the weekend, Michael Vick sent out a tweet indicating that his Philadelphia Eagles might be interested in signing #4 to a contract next season. “I would be honored to have Brett Favre as a backup,” Vick tweeted. “That will be amazing Learning how to toy with defenses the way he did his whole career.”

Vick deleted the tweet shortly after it went up and the Eagles denied that they have any interest in signing Favre. But the fact remains that the mere mention of a Brett Favre comeback already has us dreading the next two weeks of SportsCenter. Because if Favre is in fact entertaining the idea of making a return to the NFL after the season he had last year, it could turn into another media circus that, frankly, we got sick of a long time ago. Which is why we’re really hoping Favre comes out quickly and lets us know that his NFL career is over.

There are a variety of reasons why it’s probably time for Favre to go. For starters, he no longer has the consecutive games started streak to keep alive. He got injured towards the end of the last season and had to sit out a game for the Vikings, which ended his streak of consecutive games started at 321. So that should no longer factor into Favre’s decision-making process.

But that’s not the only reason Favre should hang up his cleats for good. Over the course of the last couple of seasons, Favre has been more injury-prone than he has at any other point in his career. He’s been nicked up most of the time and his play has suffered as a result of it. He’s seen his stats take a dip as he’s tried to play his best through injury, and at 41, he continues to put himself into harm’s way every time he sets foot on the field.

There’s also not a huge market for Brett Favre. Though some teams would welcome the opportunity to sign Favre, he’s probably going to have to either serve as a backup for a team at this point in his career or take a chance on signing with a team that doesn’t necessarily have a shot to go to the Super Bowl this year. The backup role would probably serve him best, but Favre has been a starter for just about his entire career so we couldn’t see him taking a back seat for any team and playing out his final days on the sideline.

But the bottom line here—the reason we’d really like to see him retire—is that Brett Favre doesn’t have much left to prove. He’s won a Super Bowl ring, he’s proven himself to be one of the best quarterbacks of all-time, and he’s continued to play at a high level for almost 20 years now. With that in mind, we’d really like to see Favre ride off into the sunset on his own terms rather than see him struggle to hang on to his NFL career too long. It’s why now sounds like the perfect time for him to announce his retirement.

We’re pretty sure Favre is going to do what Favre does over the course of the next few weeks and “weigh his options” while the entire football world looks on. ESPN will cover it relentlessly and, if we had to take a shot in the dark, we’d guess that Favre will decide to give it another go this fall. If he hasn’t said no to a comeback by now, we’re not sure what will happen next month to change his mind. But for his sake—and for ours!—we wish he would do the smart thing here and retire.

We’re happy that the lockout is over. Now we just wish Brett Favre’s career was, too.

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