Here we go again: Teammates believe Favre will retire

Not eight seconds after the Saints beat the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that “every player” in Minnesota’s locker room believes that Brett Favre will retire this offseason.

After the game, however, Favre was non-committal about his future plans (from USA Today):

“I know people are rolling their eyes or will roll their eyes,” he said. “In a situation like this, I really don’t want to make a decision right now based solely on what happened (Sunday).”

Favre’s last pass was an interception with seven seconds left in regulation that doomed the Vikings’ chances as girding for a potential game-winning field goal attempt. The Saints won the coin toss in overtime, and Favre never had a chance to run a play in the extra frame.

“It’s disappointing,” Favre said. “And that’s an understatement.”

I’ve taken on the mindset that Favre wants to win the Super Bowl again before he retires. With how close he got this season, I doubt he’ll hang ’em up in the next couple months.

After figuring out a way to get out of training camp, he’ll return to lead Minnesota next season.


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Peter King: Favre will retire this offseason

Peter King of Sports Illustrated.com said Monday on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” that he believes Brett Favre will retire this offseason.

From Rotoworld.com:

King says Favre knows he can still play, but likely “won’t play if he can’t play where he wants to play.” King also said Favre isn’t willing to have doctor-recommended surgery on the torn biceps in his throwing arm he played through last year. The Jets will probably go with Kellen Clemens as their starter if Favre retires. They could also bring in a high pick to push Brett Ratliff and Erik Ainge for the backup job. The free agent QB market isn’t enticing.

I understand that it was King who said that Favre, “won’t play if he can’t play where he wants to play,” but if Brett truly has that line of thinking than that’s ridiculous. Favre is an NFL legend – one of the best to have ever played the game. He’ll go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history and his career has been nothing short of brilliant. But he’s still under contract with the Jets and unless they don’t want him (which they might not), than he should play in New York next season if he doesn’t retire.

Comment fodder: Should great players at the end of their career get to choose where they want to finish? In other words, has Favre earned the right to play where he wants to next season just because he’s Brett – even though he’s still under contract with the Jets?

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