Favre asks for release from Packers

The rumors and reports about Brett Favre’s comeback (did he ever really leave?) continue to dominate the NFL and fantasy football headlines.

But now it seems like all the speculation is over, as Favre has asked the Packers to release him from his current contract.

However, the Packers don’t sound like they’re ready to welcome him back.

“The finality of (Favre’s) decision to retire was accepted by the organization,” the team said in a statement. “At that point, the Green Bay Packers made the commitment to move forward with our football team.”

Of course, the question on the minds of fantasy footballers is obvious: Where will Favre land in 2008? More importantly, where would he make the greatest fantasy impact?

Favre returned to fantasy prominence last season, as he threw for 4,155 yards and 28 touchdowns. So if he does somehow return to Titletown as the starter, Favre would have to be considered a top-10 fantasy quarterback. In fact, I’d rank him ahead of the likes of Matt Hasselbeck, Derek Anderson and Donovan McNabb based on his past success and the level of talent the Packers have on the offensive side of the football.

But based on the Packers’ statement and their evident commitment to Rodgers as their quarterback, it seems that Favre will be wearing a different uniform this season if he returns. Aside from a monstrous backlash from the million of cheese-heads around the world, Favre’s departure would probably mean a decided decrease in his fantasy value.

The list of teams that might be interested in pursuing Favre should the Packers release him includes Chicago, Minnesota and Tampa Bay. But if the Packers trade him, sending him to a division rival isn’t at all realistic. Regardless, none of those teams have even close to the same level of talent at wide receiver as the Packers. Sure, he’d be an incredible upgrade over Kyle Orton, Rex Grossman, Tarvaris Jackson and Jeff Garcia, but Favre can’t do it alone.

In fact, he’s proven to be a far less-effective quarterback (and more prone to turnovers) when he feels like he needs to do everything on his own.

If I had to venture a prediction, I think it makes all the sense in the world for the Packers to deal Favre to the Buccaneers. The team has faith in Garcia, but the chance to add Favre would be hard to pass on.

The move also would reunite Favre with Jon Gruden.

Other non-division teams that could use Favre’s services include Atlanta (the team that drafted him out of Southern Mississippi), Baltimore, Buffalo, Carolina, Kansas City, the New York Jets, Miami, San Francisco and Washington.

Whatever the final outcome of this situation, it’s one that fantasy footballers need to watch.

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