Favre Deserves Better Than Bribery
$20M 'payoff' would hurt legacy more than a weak season
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2008 6:02 AM CDT
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy answers a question about quarteback Brett Favre at NFL football training camp last week.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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(Newser) – As football fans eagerly await a decision about Brett Favre’s future in football, critics are lambasting the Green Bay Packers' reaction to the quarterback's plans to return. The measures the team is taking to obstruct Favre’s comeback are tarnishing the NFL’s good name, writes William Rhoden in the New York Times. Rhoden is particularly critical of a reported $20 million offered to Favre to remain retired.

The offer is an insult both to Favre and the sport, suggesting that his comeback is only about raking it in, Rhoden writes. “Favre should reject the Packers’ offer. If he accepts it, his legacy will be more damaged than if he plays next season and the team goes 8-8,” he argues.