After spending much of last week, downplaying the Bucs interest in QB Brett Favre, General Manager Bruce Allen finally decided to clear the air yesterday on the Bucs involvement in the Favre drama. I personally thought Allen’s comments last week were classic, a blatent lie to the majority of our local Bay Area media jokers as well as a ton of national media. The idea behind his lie was simple though, lets move on.
“We were receptive to hearing what they wanted to do,” Allen said of the Packers. “I’m not going to say I wasn’t interested in Brett Favre. Yes, I was interested … The big question, and I’m not going to play the hypothetical game myself, what if there wasn’t an AFC team that was available? Now what? That changes the dynamics. But I don’t want to start to get into it.”
Allen goes on to say that although they were involved in talks about Favre, the Packers never came clean on the exact compensation that they wanted in return for Favre, a tactic employed a lot by teams trading players. It was left up to the Bucs to determine his value, and subsequently, the value being placed on Favre by the New York Jets. Allen claimed to learn about the compensation given up by the Jets after it appeared on numerous media outlets.
“We never got a specific answer what they wanted,” Allen said. “It appears they did what they wanted to do if they were going to have a divorce with Brett, that was to send him to an AFC team.”
Bruce Allen went on to say, and this was pretty much assumed from the start, that the Buccaneers would not be willing to give up the same kind of pacakge of picks that the Jets were willing to move.
While the national media has been saying all week that the Bucs are now in a bad spot trying to repair the phsyche of QB Jeff Garcia, I think that is ludicrous. This is an NFL team we are talking about. The job of General Managers is to put the best players on the field, and Jeff Garcia as well as every other player in the NFL knows this.
“I don’t see this as a poor reflection on Jeff,” Allen said. “This is a very unique human being we were talking about.”
One final comment from Gruden on the whole situation.
“There’s not any air to clear,” Gruden said. “This is not going to become an Oprah Winfrey special. It’s an awkward thing. We’re talking about a guy who’s Brett Favre, one of the tremendous players of all-time.”