The New York Jets are denying a report that they have given QB Brett Favre “months” to decide if he’ll return to the team, according to Newsday.
In fact, the Jets are hopeful to have word from Favre before the NFL Scouting Combine:
- A Jets spokesman refuted the report, saying the team hopes to have an indication from Favre by the time the NFL combine begins Feb. 18. That would be consistent with what general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Jan. 21, when coach Rex Ryan was introduced. Speaking on WFAN that afternoon, Tannenbaum said he wanted some “initial feedback” from Favre by the time the combine starts in Indianapolis. It lasts until Feb. 24.
Favre still has two years remaining on a deal he signed with the Green Bay Packers before their trade with the Jets, but he also might decide to retire.
The Jets finished the season 9-7 after losses in four of their last five games, just missing out on the playoffs after an 8-3 start. The slide cost Jets coach Eric Mangini his job, and Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Ryan was named as his replacement.
Still, Favre had a Pro Bowl season, throwing for 3,472 yards and 22 touchdowns with 22 interceptions. He was selected to his 10th Pro Bowl, tying Johnny Unitas for the most selections by a quarterback. However, Favre won’t play in Honolulu, as he withdrew from the game because of a biceps injury.
If Favre still wants to play and the Jets decide to release him, the Minnesota Vikings might be interested. They expressed a desire to acquire Favre before he was traded to the Jets.
Some in Minnesota believe Favre is the missing piece for a potential Super Bowl run, similar to what Kurt Warner did with the Arizona Cardinals. Count Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press among them:
- Don’t think of Favre as the guy throwing all those interceptions during the last month of the season. Instead, recall the miraculous job he did before the biceps injury, which caused him to lose arm strength.