Although he spared everyone the weepiness, Brett Favre announced his retirement earlier this week. My first reaction, like many fans, was “Good riddance!” Not so fast, Bears fans. As David Haugh points out here, in his retirement from the Jets, #4 sticks it to the Bears one last time.
But while we wait for Favre’s legacy to be edited predictably once again—how long before a bookmaker releases odds on Favre becoming a Viking?—Wednesday’s development immediately created a ripple effect felt in Chicago.
Without Favre, none of the three quarterbacks on the Jets’ roster— Kellen Clemens, Brett Ratliff and Erik Ainge—has played a full season. Expect the front office to be aggressive in pursuing a starter for new coach Rex Ryan. As the Bears know from seeking a veteran to compete with Kyle Orton, the most acceptable, available options are dwindling by the day.
So the already thin quarterback market just got a little thinner. Add the Jets to the long list of teams looking for help under center. For added excitement, they pick #17, one slot ahead of the Bears for anyone that thought the Bears might entertain the idea of taking a QB with their first round draft pick. With earlier news that Chris Simms favors a return to the Titans and the signings by David Carr and Luke McCown, I’m glad that Jerry Angelo finally decided to target this offseason as the right time to stabilize the QB position for the Bears. W