NEW YORK — The fact Brett Favre asked for his release from the Packers is not a surprise. What would be a huge surprise is if the Packers granted Favre his wish.
The reason the Packers will not give Favre his freedom is simple. His team of choice is Minnesota, in my opinion, in large part because Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is a good friend of Favre’s dating back to the three years (2003-05) Bevell was his quarterback coach in Green Bay. If Favre and agent Bus Cook, who, according to ESPN.com on Friday asked the Packers for Favre’s unconditional release, believe that the Packers will allow him to go free so he can sign with Minnesota, they’re crazy.
Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson may have mishandled this entire affair by being out of touch with Cook and virtually unreachable to Favre during the last three months. Thompson is an old-time GM. He would rather be hated by Favre and by Packers fans than he would in allowing the No. 1 rival in his division to steal his QB without any compensation.
Mark my words: Unless Favre agrees to some sort of handshake, gentleman agreement that he’ll steer clear of the NFC North, there’s no way the Packers will allow him to go free.