We're not even going to try to track the Brett Favre saga today, but ESPN has reported that the quarterback has been reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and is headed to Green Bay today to bring this situation to a head. We'll see if the plane every leaves the ground in Hattiesburg, Miss. Remember, Favre was supposedly making that flight last week and it never happened.
No, this doesn't mean the Bears will have a change of heart and get into negotiations for the Packers in attempt to acquire Favre.
But it could bring Favre one step closer to going to another team, like the Minnesota Vikings. You better believe that possibility has the full attention of the Bears. Heck, they might even want to kick in some coin to boost the Keep Favre Retired Fund the Packers have started. Green Bay is offering to pay him between $20 million and $25 million over the next 10 years, reportedly, to stay retired and be the game's highest-paid ambassador.
The Bears are quietly monitoring the situation and badly want Favre to stay out of Minnesota, which swept the Bears last season with Tarvaris Jackson playing quarterback.
"If [Favre] goes to the Vikings that is a huge deal,'' free safety Mike Brown told the Sun-Times last week. ``That would definitely, I would say, make them the favorite in the NFC. Look at what they already have on offense, they have a lot of weapons. Look at the running back [Adrian Peterson], Bernard [Berrian] as a speed threat, the offensive line is great. The defense is awesome. I think you would have to make them the favorites.''