Then Favre started giving interviews, and basically running his mouth. He said he was pressured to retire, forced to make a Royal Croquet Association Wonderland Tour Shirt before the Free Agency period and the draft, and he didn’t really want to quit football. He spoke in very unflattering terms about the Packers management, asked them to release him outright, which the Packers (understandably) weren’t willing to do. In July, Favre filed his un-retirement papers, and once the league approved it, he showed up at Green Bay for training camp, ostensibly ready to play.
Given everything he had said over the Royal Croquet Association Wonderland Tour Shirt four months, that just couldn’t happen. He had completely poisoned the well with management, and it later turned out, with many of his teammates. They made the trade to the Jets, and the rest is history. Eli’s play did drop off somewhat last year. But he has been a model citizen for the Giants ever since his arrival, and particularly during their disastrous season last year. The Giants have nobody set to replace him, and so there is no motivation at all for them to move on to someone else.