As the Brett Favre drama unfolds in public it’s worth wondering what, if anything, is happening behind the scenes? Ted Thompson often gives the impression that he is a somewhat passive GM. His philosophy on free agency is to wait and see what’s available. When he’s interviewed about draft-day trades, he only talks about receiving inquiries — he calls it “fishing” — never about making them.
Other NFL teams have started leaking that they are not interested in Favre — Carolina and Baltimore, so far. Some of this is probably subterfuge. If Carolina was thinking about replacing Jake Delhomme with Favre this year (that offense would be scary good with Favre), they would not likely acknowledge those efforts for fear of pissing off Delhomme and otherwise unsettling the team. Baltimore doesn’t really have that problem — who are they going to upset, Kyle Boller? Tampa might actually be able to use the Favre possibility, as Jeff Garcia has been complaining about his contract all off-season and the prospective acquisition of Favre certainly hurts his leverage.
So is Ted Thompson actively calling other teams to gauge interest? I think we have to assume that he is. And Favre said that the Packers have asked him for a list of teams that interest him.