Appearing on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football from Canton, Favre was (jokingly) asked if he might consider a return as Romo’s backup.
“You know what? Being around, walking in his Hall and stuff, it kind of gives you an itch,” Favre said. “The only problem is I can’t get hit. Can they promise I won’t get hit?”
Good Morning Football’s Nate Burleson noted that the Cowboys currently have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.
“Well, I mean, that’s good. But I need a little more … security,” Favre said, laughing.
Favre was a noted Cowboys fan growing up. Given that competitive juices don’t die, so much get redirected with age, it’s easy to think Favre falls asleep tonight dreaming of what it would be like to pull on that star helmet at age 46.
No, it’s not happening, but it sure is fun to think about.
1-10 percent: Calais Campbell is supremely underrated, but he doesn’t accrue any stats and has just two Pro Bowl appearances as he turns 30. … The newly re-signed Tyrann Mathieu was impressive as a rookie in 2013 and one of the five best defensive backs in football last season, but he has torn his ACL twice across his first three professional seasons. … Carson Palmer would need to string together four or five more seasons at his 2015 level to make it in, as it had been nine seasons since the long-time Bengals starter had even made a Pro Bowl. The closest comparison to Palmer in terms of late-30s breakouts would be somebody like Rich Gannon, and Gannon hasn’t engendered serious Hall consideration while being selected as a first-team All-Pro twice. Palmer, 36, is still waiting for his first such nod.
Chandler Jones has one Pro Bowl appearance and 36 sacks through four seasons, the latter of which is tied for 36th all time through four years; not bad, but the vast majority of players ahead of Jones on the list failed to make it to the Hall of Fame. For every Charles Haley (40.5 sacks), there are two LaMarr Woodleys and Jim Jeffcoats. The fact that Bill Belichick traded Jones doesn’t bode well, either. How often does Belichick trade away a defensive stalwart only to regret it in the long term? 20 percent
Patrick Peterson is off to about as good of a start to a career as you can imagine. During his first five seasons, the former LSU star has made five Pro Bowls and been named a first-team All-Pro three times (once for his return work). Only 12 HOF-eligible players since the merger have made it to the Pro Bowl in each of their first five seasons, and eight were enshrined. Patrick Willis will probably make it nine. Peterson’s still just 26 years old, so he might have this locked up before turning 30. 70 percent
Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald needs just two touchdown catches to reach 100 for his career. Jason Miller/Getty Images
Larry Fitzgerald was probably a lock for the Hall of Fame already, but his resurgent 2015 campaign just about sealed things up. Fitz has only been a first-team All-Pro once, but he now has nine Pro Bowl appearances in 12 years. Only nine other wideouts since the merger have made it to as many as seven Pro Bowls. Five are in the Hall of Fame, one (Marvin Harrison) is going in this weekend and another (Andre Johnson) will be in once he’s eligible. Also included in that list is Steve Tasker, who earned his Pro Bowl nods for special-teams work. The remaining player who hasn’t made it to Canton is Torry Holt, and Fitzgerald has already comfortably topped Holt’s numbers with another couple of years to go. 95 percent
The Arizona Cardinals are going to squeeze every drop out of quarterback Carson Palmer and receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald, who will turn 33 on Aug. 31, and Palmer, who will be 37 on Dec. 27, were each given one-year extensions by the Cardinals. Palmer is now signed through 2018, when he’ll turn 39, and Fitzgerald is signed through 2017.
Palmer’s extension is worth $24.35 million, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said, and his 2016 and 2017 salaries are now fully guaranteed.