Brett Favre – the bad penny of pro football over the last five or so years – has turned up in the headlines yet again.
This time, the people left cringing at the sound of his name are the fans of the Philadelphia Eagles, among the most passionate and outspoken in the game.
But just how outspoken will they become when the five-letter ‘F-word’ gets dropped on their team’s doorstep?
F-A-V-R-E to the E-A-G-L-E-S?
Say it ain’t so!
Howard Eskin, a sports radio personality for WIP-AM 610 in Philadelphia, is reporting that multiple sources are telling him that the Eagles have interest in bringing Favre onboard as a backup to Michael Vick.
This is obviously putting the wheels into motion that 1) Football will return leaving the lockout in the past and 2) Once that occurs, current backup Kevin Kolb will be dealt away to another team.
It also considers the fact that Favre himself would be willing to return – and as a backup for that matter. Certainly, the chance to play for Andy Reid again could be enticing to Favre, but while some critics will point to Brett as the bad guy, keep in mind that this is a report stating Philadelphia’s interest in the future Hall of Famer.
After all, it was Favre’s brother Scott who was recently quoted as saying “there’s less than a 1% chance” that Brett would return to football.
That news only broke after Gil Brandt of NFL.com speculated that Favre could indeed have interest in returning for a 21st season.
And that is why Eskin’s report should come as no surprise to anyone, as clearly the radio host knows how much weight Favre’s name still holds in the headlines. Eskin himself has discussed the report on the radio, through NBCPhiladelphia.com and also via his Twitter account, where he specifically said:
“Just reported on TV Eagles have some interest in b farve once they trade kolb. Sources told me its possible. Not sure what farve thinks”
Eskin went on chatting with a few folks via that same Twitter account, where he continued to misspell Brett’s name.
How much can you a trust a guy’s report when on multiple occasions, he can’t even spell the legend’s name correctly?
Either way you slice it, the Brett Favre rumors just won’t go away, and while most fans want them to, it appears that they will not be disappearing any time soon.
If the Eagles indeed deal away Kolb, there will be a need for a legitimate backup QB. With the names that could exist on the market, Favre would be one of the more attractive, at least from a talent standpoint. To some degree, it does make sense – and while Philly fans would cringe at the thought now, if the fragile Michael Vick were to get hurt again, the Eagles faithful would want someone capable to be ready to replace him.
If that did happen, the Eagles would likely welcome Favre with open arms, but for now, in Philadelphia, Brett will remain at the same popularity level as J.D. Drew or Santa Claus.
When the dust settles and the NFL uncertainty has disappeared, I truly believe that Brett Favre will stay retired this time.
On second thought, maybe I’m not 100% sold on that thought, either.
But how does “The City of Brotherly Love” feel about it?
UPDATED July 24, 2011 – 130pm
Eagles QB Michael Vick chimed in on the situation via his Twitter account, saying that he “would be honored to have Brett Favre as a backup”.
According to a report via ProFootballTalk, Vick later deleted the tweet.
The likely explanation for that behavior would be that he was asked to remove it, considering the fact that Kevin Kolb is still in the Eagles organization, as well as the fact that Vick should likely not be commenting on any free agent acquisitions at this time.