Fair or not, it seems that the Vikings and Packers will be compared until future Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre decides to hang up his jersey. We all know that Favre played 16 illustrious years with the Packers before retiring in March 2008 and deciding to return in August 2008.
The Packers went with the young QB Aaron Rodgers and Favre was traded to the New York Jets, where he played for one year before retiring again. In August 2009, Favre returned to the Minnesota Vikings and is currently playing his second year there.
The part of the story that is talked about quite a bit is that Rodgers has emerged as one of the top NFL quarterbacks. In 36 NFL starts he has already thrown for 9,412 yards passing, 66 touchdowns, 25 interceptions and has posted a career QB rating of 97.1. He is only 26-years old, turning 27 this December. The Packers have a quarterback that has proven he can put up the numbers and the only thing he needs to add to his resume to join the elite quarterbacks like Favre, Colts Peyton Manning, Patriots Tom Brady, and Saints Drew Brees is a Super Bowl ring. The Packers made the right call going with the younger Rodgers and barring serious injury have secured their quarterbacking future for the next decade.
The part of the story that is not addressed as much as it should be is Favre’s frustration with the Green Bay Front office in terms of bringing in veteran players and being more aggressive in free agency. In Ted Thompson’s defense, he did break the bank to sign CB Charles Woodson in 2006 and Woodson has gone on to win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and has probably secured a place in Canton with his career resurrection in Green Bay.
However, Thompson has not signed a meaningful free agent the last four offseasons.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings have been very aggressive in free agency…