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Thursday, January 1, 2009
Here we go again

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Can you hear it? That's a round of cackling coming from Green Bay as the topic of Brett Favre's future consumes another organization.

Let's skip the debate on the merits of Favre's departure from Green Bay and agree on this: Favre's annual indecision was arguably the biggest reason the Packers decided to move on this summer. Now, less than a week into the offseason, New York Jets players already are facing questions about whether Favre will -- or should -- return.

Safety Kerry Rhodes, for one, wants Favre to make a 100-percent commitment to the offseason program and training camp before agreeing to return:

"If he's dedicated and he wants to come back and do this, and do it the right way ... and be here when we're here in training camp and the minicamps and working out with us ... then I'm fine with it. But don't come back if it's going to be half-hearted or he doesn't want to put the time in with us."

Sound familiar? Green Bay lived with the same issues for the past several years. But in New York, Favre doesn't have the institutional support to skip offseason practices or otherwise play by a different set of rules. Indeed, Jets players don't appear willing to play with a mercenary quarterback for another season.

It's hard to imagine that the team's new head coach will want that, either. You would think it's going to be all or nothing for Favre if he wants to play another season in New York.