Brett Favre doesn’t seem to approve of Deshaun Watson’s trade request. Deshaun Watson’s agent doesn’t seem to approve of Brett Favre’s opinion.
David Mulugheta, Watson’s agent since he entered the NFL, tweeted a pointed response Wednesday after Favre questioned whether the quarterback should be airing his grievances with the Houston Texans. Specifically, Mulugheta said Favre shouldn’t throw stones from his glass house:
Favre said Deshaun Watson is too well-paid to have an opinion
Favre’s comments originally came in a video with Yahoo Sports’ Minty Bets. In his full comments, Favre noted the difference between his and Watson’s eras, and said Watson’s salary should preclude him from making his thoughts known on the organization’s direction:
“It’s a different day and time. It’s not that long ago in some respects, but in others its light years ago when I entered the league. It was almost unheard of for a player to demand basically anything. John Elway did it when he said he would not go play with [the Baltimore Colts], said he would go play Major League Baseball until something happened and he ended up going to Denver. But other than that, I really don’t remember, maybe Philip Rivers and Eli’s situation where one said he wouldn’t play here and one ended up there and the other one ended up I guess where he wanted to.
“I’m kind of old school, I think you play, you get paid a ton of money to do a certain job, and just do it, and let the chips fall where they may. I think we make too much money to voice an opinion, but I’m not saying he’s wrong. Again, I think it’s a different day and time, and it’ll be interesting to see how the organization handles it.”
In addition to Mulugheta, several outlets have called Favre’s comments hypocritical given that he was hardly a model citizen toward the end of his career with the Green Bay Packers. A retirement, un-retirement, request to be released and finally a trade to the New York Jets made for a profoundly awkward offseason, almost entirely caused by Favre’s indecision.
Favre also enjoyed playing the majority of his career for a well-run organization under Hall of Fame general manager Ron Wolf and later Ted Thompson, while Watson only just got out of the Bill O’Brien brain trust, and even now has the unqualified and widely criticized Jack Easterby as one of his team’s top decision-makers.
If anything, Watson has been nothing but consistent and direct with his trade request, unlike Favre, and wants out for the most basic of reasons: He wants to win a Super Bowl, and the Texans’ leadership has given plenty of evidence that won’t be happening in Houston.
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