Brett Favre’s Mouth Kept Him From Tampa BayJuly 20th, 2010
Two years ago, in what would be Chucky’s last season in Tampa Bay, he nearly pulled off a trade to bring future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre to the Bucs, despite what former Bucs general manager Bruce Almighty might (still) deny.
In talking recently with BSPN, recounted by NFL.com, Farve spoke of how his chances to come to the Bucs were very real until his mouth got in the way.
Favre also revealed aspects of his standoff with Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers traded Favre to the New York Jets in 2008 after the quarterback changed his mind about retirement the first time.
“There was just silence,” Favre told the magazine. “I said, ‘Well, what are we gonna do?’
“They made it pretty clear I wasn’t going to play there, and I said, ‘How about the Vikings or even the Lions?’ I wanted to stay in the same division. They said that wasn’t going to happen, but maybe Tampa. I said, ‘Fine, trade me to Tampa. I’ll whip your asses in Week 4,’” Favre stated. “Maybe that was a mistake. I’m flying back to Hattiesburg thinking I’m going to the Bucs, and I get off the plane and Bus tells me I’ve been traded to the Jets. I said, ‘Bull,’ but they were smart; they released the news so I’d look like an ass if I backed out.”
Oh, how might the Bucs be different if Farve had kept his mouth shut. It’s possible Chucky would still be here. Raheem the Dream would be the Bucs defensive coordinator. Future Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks may also still be here, but more likely he would have been able to exit with honor and respect last season rather than be thrown to the curb like a used beer cup.
It makes Joe wonder what might have been.