The Rams tried, and failed, to get Brett Favre to come out of retirement this week. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre was contacted by the Rams on Sunday night after St. Louis' quarterback, Sam Bradford, went down with a season-ending knee injury in the team's 30-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
According to a report Thursday morning from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Rams front office talked this week to Favre's agent, Bus Cook, to see if the 44-year-old is interested in coming out of retirement to fill in for the injured Bradford. Through Cook, Favre declined the invitation, and so ends the short-lived episode of trying to lure the three-time MVP back onto the field yet again.
Earlier in October, Favre told USA Today Sports that he is in good shape, "but I am no way considering playing."
After his announcing his retirement in 2008, the 11-time Pro Bowler admitted that his exit was premature and then went on to play for the New York Jets that year and then the Minnesota Vikings, eventually retiring again in 2010.
On Thursday, Favre, who is now a grandfather, told ESPN Radio that the Rams' invitation is "flattering," but this time, he's sticking to retirement. He then went on to talk about how he knew it was time to call it quits when, in 2010, while playing for the Vikings, a shoulder injury ended his consecutive starts streak at 297:
"It's flattering, but you know there's no way I'm going to that...I had a great career. I think if anything, the last year that I played was an obvious writing on the walk, vision for you if you will. It was time."
With Favre out of consideration, the Rams went on to sign quarterback Brady Quinn earlier this week, shortly after he was released by the Jets. St. Louis also saw the return of Austin Davis, who spent last season and the 2013 preseason with the Rams. For now, Kellen Clemens, and not Brett Favre, will make the start for the Rams (3-4) when the team hosts the NFC Division leading Seattle Seahawks (6-1) on Monday night.