But which of Green Bay's offseason decisions might have turned out differently had Favre never walked away in the first place? If they knew then what they know now, how would the Packers have approached their personnel judgments of the past six months?
According to a team official I talked to Monday, probably pretty similarly to what actually transpired, with one notable exception. With Favre still around, Green Bay almost certainly wouldn't have invested a second-round pick -- the 56th overall -- in Louisville quarterback
After going 13-3 and winning a divisional-round playoff game last season, the Packers largely stood pat and weren't really players in free agency. In addition, Favre's on-again, off-again retirement saga had no adverse effect on Green Bay's salary cap situation, which was considered healthy with or without No. 4 in the picture in '08.
But Favre's vacillation certainly had an impact on the Packers' draft. Green Bay, of course, drafted two quarterbacks in April, taking Brohm and then LSU's
Favre's presence even for one more year would have changed the focus of the Packers' quarterback search this offseason, with Green Bay only interested in spending a mid-to-late round pick on a young passer. The Packers, according to a team source with insight into Green Bay's thinking this year, might not have waited until the seventh round to take a potential No. 3 quarterback. But they wouldn't have spent anything higher than a fourth or fifth-rounder on a passer to groom behind Favre and Rodgers.
But if Brohm isn't as necessary with Favre having resumed his career, the logical next question -- hypothetical as it may be -- is to wonder where Green Bay would have spent its second-round pick if not at quarterback? Several positions of need would have moved higher up the pecking order, and in each case, the Packers eventually got around to spending a pick there: Cornerback, tight end, offensive tackle and defensive line.
• Cornerback: Just after selecting Brohm, the Packers took Auburn cornerback
• Tight end: Having lost veteran
• Offensive tackle: The Packers two starting tackles,
Tackle prospects who came off the draft board between Green Bay's No. 56 pick in the second round and the 135th pick that it used on Sitton include Toledo's
• Defensive line: The Packers believe in depth on the defensive line, and they used a high fourth-round pick (No. 102) to select Wake Forest defensive end
Had Green Bay had its No. 56 pick to spend on its D-line, players who would have been available included Hampton defensive end