With word that the Green Bay Packers are now discussing the possibility of trading Brett Favre, it's worth looking around the NFL to see where Favre may end up.
Keep in mind, if the Packers are going to deal Favre, the further away the better and that's in terms of AFC vs. NFC. Minimizing the likelihood of Favre coming back to haunt the Packers has to be one of the goals of general manager Ted Thompson, who should have at least a few options if he is going to deal the future Hall of Famer.
Some possible desinations:
Baltimore Ravens - Kyle Boller is coming off the best season of his five-year NFL career, but he's still struggling to throw more touchdowns than interceptions. Troy Smith and Joe Flacco may have a future, but neither one is going to help the Ravens contend now and that's something Favre could provide to a roster that has a lot of key players who have been around for a while. WR Derrick Mason, QB Todd Heap, DE Trevor Pryce, DT Kelly Gregg, MLB Ray Lewis, CB Chris McAlister and CB Samari Rolle have all been in the league for at least seven seasons and some are getting close to the end. If the goal is to win now, Favre makes sense here, though there are reports that the Ravens have said they aren't interested.
Tampa Bay Buccanners - There are plenty of veterans here already, including Jeff Garcia and Brian Griese, but the Bucs are another team that has a lot of veterans (Warrick Dunn, Joey Galloway, Kevin Carter, Derrick Brooks and Ronde Barber among them) that would figure to appreciate the immediate improvement that Favre would provide. The Bucs have been getting a lot of play as a possible NFC team that could secure Favre's services.
New York Jets - The Jets haven't been able to decide between Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens, but adding Favre could give the Jets a shot at the playoffs. In New York, maybe the Favre story would finally get some coverage.
Buffalo Bills - Bringing in Favre would stunt the growth of second-year QB Trent Edwards and that's the one reason not to do it. While Edwards drew praise for his play as a rookie last season, he's passed for 200 yards in a game just twice in his ten starts, so Favre would present an immediate upgrade if the Bills have ideas about being more explosive offensively.
Carolina Panthers - Mentioned as a possible destination for Favre, but doesn't make a lot of sense if Jake Delhomme is healthy after last season's elbow surgery. All indications so far are that Delhomme's arm is in good shape and he's been more than competent as the starter.
Kansas City Chiefs - It's really a long-term rebuilding plan here, so Favre hardly seems like the right fit, but there's no doubt that he'd present an immediate upgrade on Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard.
Miami Dolphins - Much like the Chiefs, the Dolphins are going to take some time before they are competitive again -- as one might expect from a team coming off a 1-15 season. Even so, there would be an obvious allure to having Favre call the shots instead of Josh McCown, John Beck or Chad Henne.
Washington Redskins - Are the 'Skins satisfied enough with Jason Campbell to ride it out with the fourth-year pro? If the Redskins wanted to build on this week's trade for Jason Taylor, adding Favre to the offence would sure send a win-now message.
Atlanta Falcons - There may be some romantic ideas of having Favre return to where his pro career began, but with first overall pick Matt Ryan on board, the Falcons would seem to be courting trouble for future seasons by putting Favre in place ahead of the rookie. Sure, Favre would be leaps and bounds better than the other Falcons QBs (Joey Harrington and Chris Redman), but not enough for the Falcons to be competitive.
Then we get to the teams that could all use Favre, but will need another team to deal for Favre, then flip him, in order to keep him in the NFC Central.
Chicago Bears - The duo of Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton is underwhelming, at best, so the Bears shouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger if there's any way to make it happen. But, the Bears are also planning on starting the season with Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton at quarterback, so their decision-making at this position may not be ideal.
Detroit Lions - Jon Kitna is a stopgap option and he's a stopgap option who thew 20 interceptions and 18 touchdowns. The Lions have the receivers that would allow Favre to let loose and be productive but, again, the Packers don't want this to happen.
Minnesota Vikings - Considering the Packers have already filed tampering charges with the Vikings (Is it tampering if the player initiates the contact?), there's obviously a fit here. The Vikings have seemingly everything in place to be a contender if they have a legitimate starting quarterback. Tarvaris Jackson has yet to throw for 250 yards in a single game and, even though he made progress last season, still threw more interceptions (12) than touchdowns (9).
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