Eagles Could Be Interested in Brett Favre

You have got to be kidding me.

As we edge ever closer to real football actually being played, it's no surprise that some Brett Favre(notes) un-retirement talk would rise from the depths of the NFL lockout and grace us with its unwelcomed presence.

It seems that the Philadelphia Eagles could be considering signing Favre as a backup to starting quarterback Michael Vick(notes). The Eagles will most likely be trading away current backup quarterback Kevin Kolb(notes) as soon as the lockout ends, so they'll need some security. If Vick happens to go down with an injury, someone with more experience than Mike Kafka(notes) will need to take over if the Eagles hope to have a shot at the Super Bowl this season. Apparently, this is where Favre comes in.

However, I find it hard to believe that Favre would be willing to just sit on the bench and play second fiddle while Vick shreds opposing defenses. He's a man with an itch that only playing time can scratch. Even for a handsome amount of cash, he won't be willing to stand by idly as an insurance policy. He'll be clawing at Eagles' head coach Andy Reid's back by the second or third game of the season. The Eagles could put Favre's recliner from Mississippi on the sidelines during games and it still wouldn't be enough to counteract his inability to simply be a spectator.

The biggest reason that I find his return doubtful is simple. If you watched any of the Minnesota Vikings' games during the 2010 NFL season, you'd understand completely when I say that the old man can't handle the punishment that comes with being an NFL quarterback anymore. A big part of his decrease in production from 2009 to 2010 was because he didn't want to get hit anymore. Every play that he hit the ground, he got up slowly as if anticipating the agonizing walk back to the huddle. He rushed throws, made bad decisions that he wouldn't have made a few years ago and couldn't pop up after being clobbered by defensive linemen. The man's impatient mind can't stand on the sideline watching but his body can't handle the abuse that comes with playing.

This quandary is what makes me believe that this Favre talk is all made-up hoopla that's supposed to stir speculation and give fans another reason to hate or love one of the most unpredictable players in recent NFL history. When he mulls it over, I can't see Favre choosing the dizziness that comes with being pounded into the turf over the comfort of his nice, quiet Mississippi home.

It may be real football talk that doesn't have to do with revenue shares or salary limits for rookies, but I doubt a "Favre Watch 2011" is what NFL fans were hoping would materialize this weekend. Lockout stories laden with lawyer mumbo-jumbo may even be more appealing. I can only hope that this rumor is nipped in the bud before it gets out of hand, but you never know what you're going to get when Favre is involved.

They usually say that where there's smoke, there's fire; hopefully it's just Favre starting up the barbeque and finally enjoying retirement.

Gil Alcaraz IV has been a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan since watching their games inspired him to hit the Pop Warner fields at the age of nine. For more sports coverage, follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV.

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Updated Sunday, Jul 24, 2011