More Whispers About Possible Trade of Favre to Vikings
GREEN BAY, Wis.--The vehicle that Brett Favre drove out of Lambeau Field on Monday night, a burgundy Escalade, isn't parked in the spot where it was parked Monday night, at a loading dock next to the stadium.
Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that Favre isn't at the stadium.
The Packers have a practice scheduled for 2 p.m. local time today (3 p.m. Eastern), and the club still hasn't rescheduled the news conference by Coach Mike McCarthy that it canceled Monday night because McCarthy's meeting with Favre was still going on.
There are whispers around the league that Favre could be traded to the Minnesota Vikings. It has been thought for weeks that Favre wanted to play in Minnesota if things couldn't be worked out in Green Bay. Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is a former Packers quarterbacks coach, and Favre also has a personal relationship with head coach Brad Childress. The Vikings might be an accomplished quarterback away from being a Super Bowl team, and Favre presumably would unseat Tarvaris Jackson as the starter in Minnesota to go along with tailback Adrian Peterson, a superb offensive line and an imposing defense.
Favre acknowledged that he had phone conversations this offseason with Childress and Bevell, leading to the tampering charge against the Vikings by the Packers for improper contact with Favre. The league dismissed the charge Monday without punishing the Vikings, ruling that the Vikings had not tried to entice Favre to play in Minnesota.
Childress on Monday denied a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Packers contacted the Vikings on Friday to let them know Favre was available. Packers General Manager Ted Thompson previously said the club would not trade Favre to a fellow NFC North team or grant Favre's request to be released. But the Packers might regard a trade to the Vikings as a last resort that still enables them to get some compensation for allowing Favre to depart.
That doesn't mean other possibilities aren't still in play:
Favre plays for the Packers.
Favre retires again.
Favre is traded to a different team.
Favre is released.
Favre doesn't practice today to buy another day to settle everything.
This strange story still could have another twist or two in store.
UPDATE (11:58 a.m.)... It's looking like Favre won't participate in the Packers' practice this afternoon.
There's no word yet if there will be a resolution, perhaps in the form of a trade to Minnesota or elsewhere, later in the day.
By Mark Maske |
August 5, 2008; 11:36 AM ET
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