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Favre in Purple?


This is the image we are going to see in a couple of weeks.  This was the plan the whole time.  He has a hatred for the organization he used to call his home.  He is a tremendous competitor who can’t walk away from the game.  It is the reason Minnesota has only back up QBs on its roster. 

Why else would Favre ask for his release instead of just sitting on New York’s reserve/retired list?  Brett wants options just in case that itch returns.  Which, according to Pioneer Press, has already happened because he has hired a professional trainer. 

Let’s face it, Brad Childress wants him and who can blame him.  His team is a good QB away from competing for an NFC crown.  Favre may not be great anymore but he still certainly qualifies as good.

Green Bay had concerns about Favre breaking down late in the season which was one of the reasons they committed to Aaron Rodgers.  The NY Jets did experience that breakdown.  What the media and team didn’t elaborate on was that Favre played the last few weeks with a torn biceps tendon.  I don’t care who you are, that injury will effect how you throw a football.


That season is over.  It is May 2009 and NFL teams are preparing for the new season.  With that we are certain of a few things.  Favre is a free agent.  Favre is healed.  Favre is rested.  Favre didn’t go out the way he wanted to.  Favre wants to go out beating the Packers and getting to a Superbowl.  Minnesota is the perfect location for him to accomplish that goal.


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Baltimore – OT certainly wasn’t a top need for Baltimore but they get Michael Oher anyways. Oher can start on either side but will be a back up for now. I love the pick of DE Paul Kruger in the 2nd Round. He can play down or up as an OLB in their 3-4 scheme. He should contribute right away. CB Lardarius Webb was a reach in Round 3. He could contribute on special teams and maybe some defensive packages. ILB Jason Phillips falls to the 5th Round and Baltimore’s LB corps gets stronger. RB Cedric Peerman is of great value with the last pick. He gives them a legitimate pass catcher out of the backfield. TE Drew might make the team as a back up and special teamer.
The Ravens failed to land a S and their #1 need, WR. FINAL GRADE C+

Pittsburgh – Can we say the rich get richer? DT Ziggy Hood is a very talented interior lineman. I had him going several picks before this but teams passed him up for some reason. OL Kraig Urbik is a very solid offensive lineman from Wisconsin. He can play either guard position or right tackle. Pittsburgh adds depth. WR Mike Wallace replaces WR Nate Washington. CBs Lewis and Burnett should add depth to Pittsburgh’s defensive backfield but I don’t project either guy as a starter. C A.Q. Shipley in the 7th Round is a steal. Most scouts had the Penn State C as a 5th Round value. DT Harris and TE Johnson will struggle to make the team. Pittsburgh addressed all of their need areas. FINAL GRADE B+

Cincinnati – The Bengals had a lot of picks and did some pretty good things with them. The first one was used on OL Andre Smith. Now I moved him way down my board for weight and attitude reasons but Cincy pick him #6 overall. The way I look at this pick is if they put him at G or RT I think it will work out well. If they project him as a LT I think they will be very disappointed. ILB Rey Maualuga with Keith Rivers sounds awesome on paper. However Rey isn’t very bright for a MLB and his only strength is up in the box. It depends on the scheme but this is a boom or bust pick. DE Michael Johnson was a great pick. He is a talented pass rusher and should contribute right away. TE Chase Coffman was also one of the steals of the draft. He should contribute immediately. C Jon Luigs, P Kevin Huber and RB Fui Vakapuna were all solid picks were they were taken and should contribute. RB Bernard Scott and DE Clinton McDonald were reaches and failed to draft a safety. FINAL GRADE B-

Cleveland – The Browns hit a homerun early with the picks of C Alex Mack and WR Brian Robiskie. Mack should anchor that line for a long time and Robiskie will be the go to receiver if Edwards is traded. WR Massaquoi is a big, physical threat and could start opposite Robiskie. DE David Veikune will start at LB in Cleveland’s 3-4. He is a quick penetrator who will see significant playing time. LB Maiva from USC was a great value. He is smart and should start soon. CB Cary and Francies are also great values where they were picked. They should contribute. 6th Round pick RB James Davis could be a nice surprise. He should produce behind RB Jamal Lewis. Cleveland did fail to land a S and TE. FINAL GRADE B

Jacksonville – The Jags needed help on the line and they got OT Eugene Monroe. He may be the best of this class and start on the Jags left side for the next 10 years. Props to the Jags for going offensive line two picks in a row nabbing OT Eben Britton. He will eventually start on the right side. DT Knighton was taken a little high but will provide some serious beef in the middle of the Jacksonville defensive line. Round 3 selection of William & Marry CB Derek Cox is a bit of a stretch. They could have had him at a much better value in Round 5. WR Mike Thomas should contribute immediately in the slot for Jacksonville even though they needed a bigger playmaker on the outside. WR Dillard from Rice might make the team as a 4th option. He has great hands. Liberty RB Rashad Jennings is a steal in Round 7. Most had him a 4th or 5th Round pick. He is a huge back that should compliment Jones-Drew very well. They failed to draft an OLB, a QB or a big-play WR. FINAL GRADE C+

Indianapolis – DT Ziggy Hood, WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Brian Robiskie, LB Rey Maualuga, LB James Laurinaitis and OT Eben Britton are still on the board and you reach with U Conn RB Donald Brown. I’m not saying Brown will be bad but they had other significant holes and better options. Addai and Hart are injury prone so if they do go down this pick suddenly makes a lot of sense. DT Fili Moala was taken in the 2nd Round and should start although he isn’t an impact player. CB Powers was a bit of a reach in Round 3. He has decent skills and should play some nickel and special teams. WR Austin Collie was a good pick in Round 4. He was a very productive WR and special teamer. DT Terrance Taylor was an OK pick. He is a short run stopper. He won’t help much in pass defense. QB Curtis Painter in Round 6 was a great pick. Purdue QBs do pretty well in the NFL. He may have a future as Peyton’s understudy for the next few years. P Pat McAfee will probably make the team after Hunter’s departure. They failed to land a LB in the draft. FINAL GRADE C

Houston – The Texans needed a stud LB and they got one. LB Brian Cushing will be the face of the defense for years to come. I love the pick of DE Connor Barwin in Round 2. Add Barwin to Okoye and Williams and you are talking an awesome defensive line. G Antoine Caldwell will provide O-Line depth. TE James Casey was a great value pick in Round 5. He is a great, pass catching TE. They also grabbed two decent CB prospects in Quin and McCain. They failed to pick a WR or RB in the draft. FINAL GRADE C+

Tennessee – They had a lot of picks and did pretty well. WR Kenny Britt could end up being the best WR of this draft. DT Sen’Derrick Marks is no Haynesworth but he should do well. TE Jared Cook will help stretch the middle of the field. Good pick. CB Ryan Mouton, LB Gerald McGrath and OT Troy Kropog were great picks where they were picked. They should make the team and contribute. Grabbing RB Javon Ringer near the end of Round 5 was a no-brainer. He now gives Tennessee a triple-threat backfield. The last 4 players taken will struggle to make this already deep team. The only thing Titans failed to do was draft a young QB. FINAL GRADE B+

Miami – The Dolphins picked up defensive backs in the off-season and continued to do so in the draft adding stud Illinois CB Vontae Davis and Utah CB Sean Smith. Davis should start right away and Smith should eventually start. QB Pat White is a great pick. He wants to play QB and Miami’s “Wildcat” offense allows him too. That should be very fun to watch. Mid-Round WR picks of Brian Hartline and Patrick Turner were brilliant. They add depth to a group that had none. Turner could end up being a #2 opposite Ted Ginn. Round 6 selection of OT Andrew Gardner was a good value pick. He should be able to hold down a back spot on the team. They did fail to address their needs on the defensive line. FINAL GRADE B

New England – The Patriots do very well with their box full of picks. SS Pat Chung and DT Ron Brace should both start immediately. They are both impact players. CB Darius Butler won’t start this year but he will shadow their vets for a year or two and then have a very long, successful career. OT Vollmer from Houston at the end of Round 2 is a reach. There were plenty of excellent OTs left. WR Brandon Tate had some issues recently but if healthy will be a significant contributor in the Patriot’s offense and special teams. OLB McKenzie from South Florida is a great value pick. He too will shadow the veteran linebackers for now and contribute on special teams. G Rich Ohrnberger was a good pick for New England. He adds depth to the interior offensive line. QB Julian Edelman from Kent State wasn’t on anyone’s board but they took him to run the New England version of the “Wildcat”. He will compete with free agent acquisition Brian Hoyer for the 3rd spot on the team. With 12 picks in the draft and a desperate need at RB the Patriots don’t draft one. Perhaps they have their eye on soon to be FA Edgerrin James. FINAL GRADE B

New York – Very good but very bad. The Jets had the balls to move up and take QB Mark Sanchez from USC. The problem is he is one of those boom or bust picks. Is he Carson Palmer or Matt Leinhart? He certainly has Palmer potential. The jury is out. Jets get great value nabbing RB Shonn Greene in Round 3. Thomas Jones is getting old and Shonn is the heir apparent. G Slaussen from Nebraska should make the team and add depth to the offensive line. They needed to address WR, D-Line and TE in the draft and didn’t. Perhaps they will in free agency. FINAL GRADE C

Buffalo – The Bills had a very nice draft. They reached a little on the first pick but they did get a versatile pass rusher in Aaron Maybin. He will start immediately. Wood and Levitre will add much needed depth to the interior offensive line. CB Jarius Byrd is vastly underrated and could start in his first season. Southern Miss TE Shawn Nelson will also start and stretch the field. Round 5 pick Nic Harris is a great pick. He plays S, LB and is a special teams contributor. CB Cary Harris is also a great pick for Buffalo in Round 6. They did fail to draft a much needed RB and WR. FINAL GRADE B+

Denver – You take RB Moreno with the first pick after signing RBs Buckhalter, Jordan and Arrington in the off-season? With all the defensive holes I’m not sure I agree with that. DE Ayers with the second pick was solid and he should contribute immediately. 2nd Round picks of CBs Smith and McBath were solid. I don’t see either one starting but they will both contribute and add depth. S David Bruton in Round 4 was a good idea. In Round 6 they add QB Tom Brandstater who is the perfect QB for their system. He’ll play behind Orton and Simms in 2009. The rest of the picks were offensive line depth and WR McKinney who might not make the squad. They needed help on the defensive side of the ball, particularly on the front 7 and only came away with a defensive end. FINAL GRADE C-

Oakland – WR Heyward-Bey #7 overall! Are you kidding me? They could have moved down 10 to 15 spots and still got him. No other team had him in the top 20. Not too mention the two best receivers, Maclin and Crabtree were still on the board. I don’t even think he was 3rd best. I like WRs Hakeem Nicks and Percy Harvin more than Bey. Then in Round 2 they pick little known SS Mike Mitchell from Ohio. Mel Kiper was kind in saying he “flew” up some draft boards late but c’mon. This guy wasn’t even invited to the combine and wasn’t on most team’s board. This guy in Round 2 is a joke. DE Matt Shaunessy in Round 3 is a bit of a reach. He is a developmental player. The best pick was probably WR Louis Murphy in Round 4. I thought he had 2nd Round talent. DEs Norris and Sulak are speed all the way and look like situational rushers and special teamers. TE Brandon Myers with the last pick is a reserve, run-blocking tight end. They also failed to land a LB, O-Linemen and CB. FINAL GRADE D-

San Diego – The pick of DE Larry English means they were stupid for passing up ILBs Maualuga and Laurinaitis or they are not confident of Merriman’s return. They drafted some much needed beef in G Vasquez, G Tyronne Green and DT Vaughn Martin. Vasquez and Green add much needed depth and one will probably replace Goff. DT Martin is a longshot. He is a Canadian player drafted based on an impressive workout day and intangibles. CB Brandon Hughes should be the nickel back and S Kevin Ellison of USC was a steal late in the draft. He is a smart, hard-nosed player who should contribute. The last pick of WR Demetrius Byrd could pay off a year or two down the road. If it weren’t for his untimely car accident he would have been selected in the 3rd or 4th Round. They did fail to secure a back up to Tomlinson. FINAL GRADE C+

Kansas City – DE Tyson Jackson is not the 3rd best player in the country. I thought LB Aaron Curry was a no-brainer here. Despite where Jackson was picked he should be a decent player and immediate contributor. DT Alex Magee in Round 3 is OK. I am not sure he is a starter in the NFL though. CB Donald Washington might make the team as a nickel back. G Colin Brown of Missouri adds depth and can play OT too. WR Quinten Lawrence will probably be the 4th or 5th receiver. RB Tavarris Williams from Tennessee State should do well. K Ryan Succop should also make the team. They failed to land a LB or S. FINAL GRADE C

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NFC EAST – Dallas, New York and Philadelphia should be neck in neck in this great division.  New York, coming off of a championship, has lost a few players but should continue to be competitive.  Philadelphia was the classic underachiever last year and should improve.  Dallas has the talent to get to the Superbowl and the only team stopping them are themselves.  Finally, Washington will probably be the best last place team in the NFL.

1. Dallas Cowboys 12-4

The Cowboys have the talent to win the Superbowl this season.  They have a great mix of young players and veterans.  They fell just short with their young QB in 2007 and I don’t think they will make the same mistake this season.  QB Tony Romo, WR Terrell Owens, TE Jason Witten and RB Marion Barber make up one of the more intimidating offenses in the NFL.  The offensive line is also one of the best in the league.  The only weakness I can see is their overall depth.  Behind T.O. and Crayton they don’t have much.  Healthy is going to be a key for this team.  The defense is also very solid.  Newman, Hamlin and Williams isn’t a law firm.  They happen to make up one of the best defensive backfields in football.  If “Pacman” Jones gets permission to play it will make this group the absolute best in football.  The cherry on top for the Cowboys?  They drafted CB Mike Jenkins in the 1st Round of the 2008 draft.  I also love their acquisition of LB Zach Thomas in the off-season.  He has a few more years in the tank and is a true leader on the field.  His presence alone makes the entire group better.  The only weakness I can see is the defensive group moving exclusively to the 3-4 this season.  I think their talent still better suits the 4-3.   

2. Philadelphia Eagles 11-5

The Philadelphia Eagles have the right stuff to not only make the playoffs but to go deep in them as well.  QB Donovan McNabb is healthy and if he can stay that way he is still a Top 5 QB in the NFL.  However the real star is no longer Donovan.  The real star and fan favorite is RB Brian Westbrook.  This guy is as tough as they come.  He is one of the best inside-outside runners in the league.  He is always near the top in leagues leading rushers and is also a team leader in the receiving department.  Westbrook will have a little extra competition in the receptions department this season with the acquisition of WR DeSean Jackson to with Baskett, Curtis, L.J. and Brown.  The defense should be fantastic this season.  In the off-season they added CB Assante Samuel and LB Rocky Boiman to an already talented group.  They also drafted DT Trevor Laws who will see time on the line almost immediately.  This team has every chance to top Dallas in the division.  It will be close.

3. NY Giants 9-7

The defending Superbowl Champion Giants should be good again but the division is just too tough.  They will probably lose 3 or 4 games in the division.  QB Eli Manning seemed to turn the corner last season and should now be considered in the same breath as the other elite QBs in the NFL.  WR Plaxico Burress should continue to see a large majority of Eli’s passes.  The rest of the recieving corps is just average but they did draft Moss last year and picked up Manningham and D.J. Hall this year.  Major camp competition for 3rd, 4th and 5th receivers slots.  The defense will be good but they will feel the loss of Strahan and Gibril Wilson.  Rookie S Kenny Phillips should develop into a good player and make people forget about Wilson.  The defensive front is still one of the best in football and will continue to make throwing against the G-Men difficult despite the off-season losses.

4. Washington Redskins 7-9

The Redskins just happen to be rebuilding in a very tough division so there really isn’t anywhere for them to go.  Zorn brings a wide open, exiting offense in D.C. but may not have all the right guys in place yet.   I do like their future however.  QB Jason Campbell is serviceable but I feel the QB of the future is Colt Brennan.  He may not have a killer arm but he is deadly with his mid-range and short passes.  He also has the moxie and toughness to succeed.  Two other  future studs are WR Devin Thomas and WR Malcolm Kelly.  Devin is currently behind Randle-El on the depth chart but it won’t be long before he is the primary receiver in Washington.  Kelly will eventually become the slot/3rd receiver.  RB Clinton Portis is the veteran leader of the offense and behind one of the better lines in football he should have a big season.  The defense is decent.  Adding DE Jason Taylor was certainly an upgrade but it won’t make it a Top 10 defense over night.  This is a defense in transition so I look for a lot of inconsistency this season. Carter and Fletcher are getting up there in age.  They failed to draft or acquire their future replacement in 2008.  This until must remain injury free for the Redskins to remain competitive.

AFC EAST – There isn’t too much to say here.  The Patriots should again walk away with this division.  I don’t think they have what it takes for another undefeated run but they will win the division by a large margin over the NY Jets.  Buffalo is still hovering around mediocrity but moving in the right direction.  The Miami Dolphins have no hope this season or next.  However, with Tuna in charge they should be playoff contenders in about 3 or 4 years.

1. New England Patriots 13-3

There really isn’t too much to say here.  The Patriots, despite the ‘contraversial’ loss, are still the best team in the NFL.  Brady is #1 behind center and Moss is the best receiver on the planet.  The offensive line is getting a little long in the tooth but they are still good as well.  They kept most of the same offensive players from last season and added bruising RB Lamont Jordan to the backfield to help out Lawrence Maroney.  Despite losing Assante Samuel and Junior Seau the defense should be just fine.   They are an aging unit, especially up front, but they are effective.  They began addressing the problem of their aging unit this off-season by drafting LB Jerod Mayo, LB Shawn Crable and CB Terrence Wheatley.

2. NY Jets 10-6

And in an instant the Jets are transformed from a 6 or 7 win team to a playoff team.  The acquisitions of QB Brett Favre and offensive linemen Damien Woody and Alan Faneca were huge for this franchise.  Brett, along with Thomas Jones, Laverneaus Coles, Jerricho Cotchery and the new and improved offensive line, make up a very good offense.  The defense is also improved with the addition of rookies DE/LB Vernon Gholston and CB Dwight Lowery.  The defense overall is very young and inexperienced but they should improve and the season progresses. 

4. Buffalo Bills 6-10

The Bills just don’t have the fire power for a winning season.  First of all they have a QB contraversy whether they like it or not.  QB Trent Edwards and QB J.P. Losman will battle for the top spot all season long.  Trent has the edge but if he gets injured or falters it is J.P. time.  Rarely does QB shuffle during a season spell success.  The Bills do have playmakers in WRs Josh Reed, Lee Evans and rookie James Hardy.  RB Marshawn Lynch is the stud of the offensive unit for Buffalo.  If Lynch can run Buffalo can play with almost anyone.  However, his success depends on how the Bills young, mediocre offensive line progresses.  The Bills defense did get a little better in the off-season with the acquisition of DT Marcus Stroud and rookie MLB Paul Posluszny.  The front seven should be quicker and tougher against the run.  The Bills safeties are pretty good but they have a lot less talent at the cornerback positoin.  They will be a streaky group that will occassionally give up the long ball.  The Bills could reach the .500 mark if one of their QBs can step up, take the job and stay healthy but I see another sub .500 season in their future.  

4. Miami Dolphins 4-12

The Dolphins are in for another one of those seasons.  But they are coming off of a 1 win season so consider a 4 or 5 win season a victory for Tuna.  By acquiring QB Chad Pennington they have at least brought some experience to that position.  QB Chad Henne is most likely the future of the franchise but it is Pennington’s job to lose at this time.  Having RB Ronnie Brown back is huge.  This Miami team was not a 1 win type of team when he went down.  They are vastly better with him in the line up and Ricky Williams, if healthy and not high, should make an excellent duo with Ronnie.  Rookie OT Jake Long will anchor a line that will get better and better with each game.  The biggest weakness is the receiving corps.  They are led by Ted Ginn who will be a nice player in a couple of more years.  Behind him guys that would be 4th or 5th on almost any body else’s depth chart.  Look for a lot of passes to go to the running backs and TEs Anthony Fasano and David Martin.  The Miami D has flipped over to a 3-4 defense and they start with a pretty nice front 3 or Roth, Ferguson and Holliday.  Now while none of these guys can take over a game like an elite lineman, they will at least provide some consistent pressure on most QBs.  The linebacking crew is led by veteran Joey Porter who is familiar with the defense they are playing.  The rest of the linebacking crew is experienced and should do well in the new system.  The defensive backfield is the defensive teams weakness.  I look for them to struggle and for CB and S to be a focus in next seasons draft.  OK…now you might be thinking “THIS IS THE MIAMI DOLPHINS AND HE GIVES US A BAG BOY INSTEAD OF A HOT LADY.  MIAMI IS FULL OF HOT WOMEN.  WE WANT HOT DOLPHIN GIRLS!”.  Well, I agree.  Bag boy belongs there because it is going to be that kind of season.  However, I love the women of South Beach so BPD FANS, here you go.




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Let the Favrestakes Begin

Brett Favre is the most wanted Hall of Famer in the history of the NFL.  Ok, that isn’t quite right. 

Teams are knocking down the door to speak with the Packers about Brett Favre.  No, that doesn’t work either. 

The Packers are begging teams to take Brett Favre but are asking for too much and Brett won’t unretire until something he likes is in the works.  That is about right.

Brett wants to play but the Packers don’t want him to go to Minnesota or Chicago.  That is all it comes down to.  They don’t want to risk seeing Brett twice a year, once a year or in the playoffs.  The Packers have insisted they have moved on with Aaron Rodgers.  That is great.  If you are so confident in your move than why would you care where he went.  If you can send him to the AFC or out of the division great but if you can’t do it for what you want then they need to do the right thing and let him go.

However, they won’t and now Brett is re-thinking the whole waiting thing.  He is threatening showing up at camp and I think that is a great idea.  Because the second the Bears or Vikings defense start pounding on Aaron Rodgers they are going to be screaming for BRETT…BRETT…BRETT!

But they will try to deal him this week and I think there are maybe four teams with a realistic shot of landing him.

Why the NY Jets make sense?  Because Mangini has to start winning to save his job.  They took a mighty leap backwards last season and with some offensive line additions to help Thomas Jones succeed, a top notch QB might help the J-E-T-S get back to the post-season.

Why the NY Jets won’t work?  The GM Mike Tannenbaum needs his picks and trades to start panning out to save his own butt.  Now while acquiring Favre would be lauded by some, for others it would be a sign that the Jets don’t have confidence in either Pennington or Clemens.  That is an indictment of Mike’s ability to judge talent and build a champion.  The Jets are more than likely a year or two away from the playoffs and should continue to concentrate on the future.

Why the Tampa Bay Bucs make sense?  Coach Jon Gruden loves veteran QBs and has a history with Brett Favre.  Tampa Bay has problems with QB Jeff Garcia and needs leadership at the QB position.  Brett Favre would automatically make this team the best in the NFC South.

Why the Tampa Bay Bucs don’t make sense?  Shortly after the Brett Favre saga began he was asked about teams he would like to play for.  For the most part he has kept his desires close to the vest except for a comment he made about Tampa Bay.  He stated that he wouldn’t consider going to Tampa because it was too hot.  He wanted to play for a cold weather team.

Why the Kansas City Chiefs make sense?  Kansas City have the most to offer Green Bay.  They still have multiple extra picks over the next few years.  The Chiefs under Herm Edwards are in the position to be a force in the AFC for years to come.  They won’t compete for a playoff spot this season but next season, with Favre in the fold, KC becomes a legitimate threat to go to the Superbowl. 

Why the Kansas City Chiefs don’t make sense?  The organization’s committment to Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard.  The timing for all of this is terrible.  Most teams have made plans all off-season to prepare for 2008.  KC is excited about the future and are certain one of the two men above will lead them to the promised land.  Acquiring Brett would allow for immediate gratification and long term headaches.

Why the Washington Redskins make sense?  Because Daniel Snyder throws money around like water and will always take things to the extreme chasing division titles and Superbowl glory.  Now, to this point he has been a miserable failure, but his pursuit is relentless.  He needs new coach Jim Zorn to be successful.  The only way he can do that is with a veteran QB at the helm.  The NFC East looks to be very competitive again and with a Brett in the mix they would turn a few of the losses against their division rivals into wins.

Why the Washington Redskins don’t make sense?  Because Daniel Snyder wants Jason Campbell to succeed.  It shows a commitment to his young QB despite the coaching changes.  They also have veteran Todd Collins who came off of his best pro season and they drafted Hawaii standout Colt Brennan.  On paper they appear set at QB.  Not to mention the Redskins may also be up against the cap.  Acquiring Favre takes a huge chunk out of cap space they might not have.

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