Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Black and Blue all over: The soap opera resumes
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Were it not for the (manufactured?) news of Brett Favre seeking his release from the New York Jets, this would be a pretty quiet week in the NFC North. Teams are decompressing from the draft and preparing for rookie minicamps this weekend.
Yes, all four Black and Blue teams will hold some form of a rookie camp starting Friday. I'll be at Minnesota's to check out new receiver Percy Harvin. My sources tell me Favre won't be there.
I'm not sure what to make of the latest twist in Favre's post-retirement career, and I don't know where the Vikings stand internally on his status. The biggest question to be answered is actually a physical one: Favre said in February that he needs surgery to repair a torn biceps in his right arm. Assuming that remains the case and assuming he hasn't had it yet, time would be running out for such a significant procedure if he really wants to be ready to participate in a training camp.
But as the world turns, we have no true indication that Favre has any plans to play again. Like sand in the hourglass, these are the days of our lives.
Popping around the NFC North:
- Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune on Favre's Vikings connection: "The Green Bay Packers made sure Brett Favre didn't get his wish last year when the future Hall of Fame quarterback decided he didn't want to retire after all and attempted to force his way to the archrival Vikings. But this year there will be nothing to stop Favre from wearing purple -- if that's what he truly wants."
- Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star-Ledger reports there is NFL "chatter" about Favre wanting to play again. Chatter schmatter.
- Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs brushed off the cut on his right hand in an interview with Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. With sarcasm, Briggs said: "I'm definitely not going to miss the season. I'm not the first person to cut themselves with a grooming mechanism."
- Bears tight end Desmond Clark believes receiver Juaquin Iglesias, one of the Bears' third-round draft pick, is a "perfect" fit for the team's offense. Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago has details.
- Detroit had an opportunity to claim quarterback John Beck on waivers Tuesday but did not, notes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
- Former Lions quarterback Drew Henson, released Tuesday, isn't ready to retire from football. He told John Niyo of the Detroit News: "I'm not going to sit around and bang my head against the door. Right now, though, I just want to look around and see what opportunities might be out there."