Around the Minicamps: Where COULD Brett Favre Land?
But since this is Favre, can we really be sure he won't change his mind? And since quarterback isn't exactly a position at which NFL teams are overflowing with depth of talent, can we really be sure nobody will be interested if he does? No. Of course we can't. And so, with that in mind and your Saturday morning breakfast still warm, we hereby present the Five Teams That Could (Theoretically) Go Back Down the Agonizingly Painful Brett Favre Road in 2009:
1. Minnesota. The Vikings have obvious quarterback issues. They have the league's best running back. They have a nice defense and a bunch of good pieces with which to surround Favre in the west coast offense. Favre wanted to play for them a year ago but the Packers wouldn't let it happen. Favre, in case you haven't noticed, isn't the kind of guy who lets things go easily.
2. Washington. The Redskins' behavior this off-season has not been a real vote of confidence for starting QB Jason Campbell. They pursued Jay Cutler when the Broncos made him available and made pre-draft noise about Mark Sanchez. Dan Snyder loves him some big names, and he's just crazy enough to do something like this.
3. Cleveland. The Browns have two quarterbacks and don't like either of them. If you believe Eric Mangini, he and Favre got along great in New York last year. If you don't believe him, then, well, this probably can't happen.
4. Jacksonville. Another team that was connected with Sanchez, and doesn't have a starting QB its in love with right now. The Jags supposedly want to get younger at QB, and this obviously wouldn't help. But maybe he could be a stopgap for a year before the real stud quarterbacks show up in the 2010 draft. Hey, remember, this is all still fantasy. At least for now.
5. Denver. In this fantasy, a 32-year-old head coach whose first act on the job was to run the QB of the future out of town wakes up and realizes he made a mistake. Yeah. I doubt it too.
Elsewhere around the minicamps in the...
-- From Dolphins camp, in these notes from the Sun-Sentinel's Ethan J. Skolnick, comes word that Pat White will work out exclusively at quarterback for the time being. Skolnick, whose middle name is Russell but who goes by "Juice" because he appeared in "Juicy Juice" commercials as a child, also hints here about possible interest by the Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free-agent DE Jason Taylor.
-- The Patriots also have interest in Taylor, according to the Boston Globe, but they're not afraid of unconventional solutions either, as this story about a rookie offensive lineman in their camp who's never played football before attests.
-- In case you're not Mark Sanchez-ed out, there are tons of reports out of Jets minicamp that the kid looked good throwing the ball with no pressure on him whatsoever. But I liked this one about Rex Ryan not ruling out a Jets pursuit of Plaxico Burress. Got to love the Jets for thinking big, but it's real hard to imagine Burress playing football this year, isn't it?
-- Eleven of Pete Carroll's USC Trojans were picked in last weekend's draft, but here he's hyping up a former opponent: Penn State DE Aaron Maybin, the first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills.
-- Clinton Portis wanted Redskins minicamp canceled because it was raining and he's afraid of swine flu. Creative, at least.
-- Jason Peters is on board to play left tackle, but there's some minicamp activity on the right side of the Eagles' offensive line. With free-agent signee Stacy Andrews out with a knee injury, the team has moved right guard Shawn Andrews to right tackle for the time being. Shawn, who played tackle in college, just might have a chance to stick there.
-- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones backtracked a bit from earlier comments, saying his team wasn't drafting specifically to help its special teams, even if that could be one of the effects.
-- The Giants are taking the weekend off, but here's a story about a very tall wide receiver they drafted.
-- Surprising no one, linebacker Larry Foote is not at Steelers' minicamp. Reports earlier this week indicated the Steelers were planning to release Foote if they can't trade him by the end of this weekend, with the Lions among the interested teams.
-- Bengals LB Rey Maualuga has added a tattoo each spring since his senior year of high school. This year's addition is apparently a stingray. This is totally unrelated to Maualuga's ink fetish, but I still think the Bengals had the best draft of any team.
-- The Browns are taking a look at Michael Crabtree's college QB this weekend.
-- The Ravens are off this weekend. First-round pick Michael Oher is speaking to school children about their summer reading.
-- Regardless of anything that's come before, you sure hate to see Percy Harvin miss the first day of Vikings minicamp because of something like this.
-- YouTube hero Jarron Gilbert is figuring out what his NFL position will be as Bears camp gets underway. Also a note in hear about Juaquin Iglesias, who was a pick I personally thought was kind of underrated.
-- B.J. Raji lined up at nose tackle in his first rookie minicamp, proving why he was the perfect pick to fall to a team switching to a 3-4 defense. There was no other pure NT in the draft even close to Raji.
-- Lions coach Jim Schwartz (Go Hoyas) says top pick Matthew Stafford looked a little anxious and was a little wild with some throws on his first day of work in the NFL.
-- The Titans are taking it easy on their injured third-round pick, Ryan Mouton. This notebook also mentions Tennessee's signing of undrafted DT Mitch King of Iowa, who was the Big Ten's Defensive Lineman of the Year.
-- A change in philosophy prompted the Colts to draft some really big dudes for the defensive line.
-- The Texans' Brian Cushing is interesting in seeing if he can take legal action against the web site NFLDraftBible.com for reporting he failed a drug test at the combine. Not that I don't think Cushing was wronged, but these things don't generally tend to get very close to fruition.
-- Offensive lineman Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton have become instant friends after being picked in the first and second rounds by the Jaguars. The pair spoke by phone over the weekend and spent the night before minicamp reviewing the playbook together.
-- Still bummed he didn't get to be an unrestricted free agent, Julius Peppers has decided not to go to Panthers minicamp. We know the Patriots were interested, but that doesn't seem logistically possible. It's going to be tough for anybody to take on Peppers and the money he's making, but I guess he figures he might as well try and force the team's hand. One potential problem is, in the meantime, Peppers is causing trouble for teammates who are left to answer for his absence.
-- PETA denies the report that it was planning to do ads with Michael Vick, a player the Falcons are happy to have put in their past. And yes, Falcons fans, I am sorry this is the only thing I could find that passed for Falcons news off a quiet Friday.
-- If they don't get into the Jason Taylor talks, the Buccaneers will still be looking for help on defense. This notebook discusses some possibilities.
-- The arm-twisting (or chicken-wing twisting) involved in the Saints' deal with the state of Louisiana smacks of hard-core politics.
-- Shawne Merriman sported a new mohawk and addressed speculation that this could be his last year with the Chargers before he bolts for big money in a place like Washington.
-- Chairman Clark Hunt is in the minority among Chiefs die-hards and draft analysts. He actually liked his team's draft.
-- Broncos rookies made a lot of mistakes on the first day of minicamp, which Josh McDaniels said was to be expected.
-- The Raiders could be signing fullback Lorenzo Neal.
-- Anquan Boldin and Darnell Dockett sat out the first day of Cardinals minicamp with some wink-wink hamstring injuries everybody seems pretty convinced are made-up.
-- Aaron Curry says trying to figure out the Seahawks' playbook is "like reading Chinese."
-- Alex Smith and Shaun Hill are hooked up in an old-fashioned QB battle in 49ers camp to see who gets to throw to Crabtree.
-- The Rams are easing first-round pick Jason Smith into action, working him at right tackle instead of left and with the second team in early practices.