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Former Packers QB Brett Favre Declines Offer to Play for Rams

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According to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Rams unsuccessfully tried to lure former Packers quarterback Brett Favre out of retirement.

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Hopefully the beginning of this story is also its end.

After learning earlier this week that starting quarterback Sam Bradford would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, the St. Louis Rams reported reached out to Brett Favre as a potential replacement. According to Adam Schefter, talks didn't go very far.

If this development seems to come out of left field, remember that Favre's agent James "Bus" Cook all but outright lobbied for teams to consider the 44-year old gunslinger back in September. We noted at the time that even if Favre desires to play again, there wasn't a team desperate enough to accept the circus that follows him. Since losing Bradford, the Rams have apparently reached the requisite level of desperation.

On the surface, Favre's decision to decline St. Louis' offer would indicate that he isn't interested in another return to the NFL. However, it's possible that Favre will only consider teams with a realistic shot at the playoffs. With the Rams mired at 3-4 in perhaps the toughest division in football, it's unlikely that Favre could guide them there. The rub here is that teams with playoff trajectories usually have quality quarterbacks.

Consequently, there doesn't appear to be a likely scenario where Favre returns to the NFL. For now.

Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as a senior writer for Beats Per Minute, and his work has appeared on Lombardi Ave, College Hoops Net, and the List Universe.

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