Brett Favre hasn’t made any indication that he’s pondering a return for a 21st NFL season. Still, NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt remains confident the gunslinger might have one more comeback attempt in him.
Brandt indicated during his Tuesday NFL.com chat that Favre could be interested in another season, and he elaborated on those thoughts Wednesday on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access.” Brandt, who headed the Cowboys’ player personnel department for nearly three decades, said “quarterbacks never want to retire” and made reference to Roger Staubach, the former Dallas star whom Brandt joked probably still believes he can play.
Brandt said pre-draft reports of Favre’s interest in mentoring No. 1 overall draft pick Cam Newton indicate the 41-year-old still has the bug to return. Brandt even suggested a destination that might suit the NFL’s all-time touchdown pass and passing yardage leader.
“I don’t think that you make an inquiry to work out somebody or help somebody develop as a player in a coaching way if you don’t have something in your mind about coming back to play,” Brandt said. “And then I think he probably looks around the league, and there’s a lot of what ifs. What if Seattle doesn’t sign (Matt) Hasselbeck and (offensive coordinator) Darrell Bevell, who was his coach at both Green Bay and at Minneapolis, is there?
“They need somebody to fill that spot, I think Favre is enough of a competitor that if somebody said to him, ‘Come on, come on in, we can use you. You might not be a starter,’ I think he would come out of his retirement.”
NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora also appeared on “NFL Total Access” and took a decidedly different stance.
“You have to remember this is someone who had the red carpet rolled out for him, who was getting his contract constantly readjusted to make it more amenable to him coming back,” La Canfora said. “The idea of Brett Favre now — beaten and bruised and as injured as he was last year — coming and trying to win a spot as a backup, $1 million a year, a couple million dollars a year, it just doesn’t add up.”
La Canfora, like Brandt, believes that even if Favre did decide to return, he could struggle to find a home.
“I don’t know anyone who would want to bring him in right now, and honestly I believe Brett Favre is, once and for all, finally done,” La Canfora said.