Should the Philadelphia Eagles Pursue QB Brett Favre as Michael Vick's Backup?

By Bryn Swartz

According to Philadelphia radio host Howard Eskin, the Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly interested in retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre as the backup to Michael Vick. That is, after they trade away Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals.

Apparently the team does not think highly enough of 2010 fourth round draft pick Mike Kafka to promote him to the backup role.

So is pursuing Brett Favre a smart move for the Philadelphia Eagles?

And I’ll get right to the point.

No. It is not.

The Eagles don’t need a 41-year old quarterback (42 in October). Sorry. There are better options out there.

Tarvaris Jackson. Marc Bulger. Vince Young. Guys still in their 20s and 30s.

I don’t care that Brett Favre was one of the league’s best quarterbacks in 2009. He was pretty brutal in 2010 and I don’t think he is going to all of a sudden play well in 2011 (and with Michael Vick as the Eagles’ QB, we all know that the backup is going to have to play a few games).

Even though Favre knows Reid and Mornhinweg, it’s just not worth it. Plus there’s the ‘drama’ that follows Brett Favre everywhere that nobody wants to have to deal with.

And knowing Brett Favre, he would retire and unretire six times in the middle of the season.

I’ve read that it’s hard for NFL players to give up their football career, even when their skills have clearly diminished. Maybe that’s why former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber is coming out of retirement at age 36.

Brett Favre doesn’t know how to walk away from football. Who knows if he even wants to come back? Maybe he just wants to be in the spotlight.

Either way, it’s too much risk, not enough reward for the Eagles.

We do need a backup quarterback. But we need a quarterback who can still play. One who isn’t in his forties.

Not Brett Favre.

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