Posted by Will Brinson
Yesterday, I could have sworn I heard something about Brett Favre going to the Panthers. However, because it was Monday morning, I simply chalked it up to "not enough coffee."
Turns out though, there was a brief mention of Favre heading to Charlotte yesterday, and it stemmed from a ridiculously casual blind-item mention by Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.
"Don't discount the possibility of Brett Favre, who turns 42 in October, returning next season, but not with the Vikings," Walters wrote. "Maybe Carolina."
Um, or perhaps not. Yes, the Panthers have employed Jake Delhomme, and yes, they've often been a safe haven for veteran quarterbacks because of Carolina's penchant for running the ball and simply managing possessions from the quarterback position, but this is just silly.
For starters, John Fox (the guy who brought in the vets) is no longer in Carolina. Secondly, Favre is over 40. Thirdly, he was involved in a seriously awkward off-the-field scandal, which is the type of thing that owner Jerry Richardson just doesn't go for.
Oh yes, and Darin Gantt of the Herald Online already spent his Monday debunking the possibility.
"In a word (OK, three words), that's not happening," Gantt wrote yesterday. "Ran it up the flagpole early this morning, and the response was swift and sure."
Of course, the really terrifying thing is that Gantt adds "maybe somewhere" to his report, which means that we might not quite be done with the saga of No. 4 just yet. Sigh.
Gracias, Shutdown Corner
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