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Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Report: Brett Favre would listen if Bears were to call


Brett Favre signed autographs in Alabama and met with Wrangler employees after the company’s main plant was destroyed by April 27th tornadoes. (Jim Hannon / AP)
Would this not be the greatest Christmas Day ever: Brett Favre, in a Chicago Bears uniform, leading the Bears into Lambeau Field in an attempt to prevent the Green Bay Packers from going 15-0?

It’s probably not going to happen. Frankly, no one has been good enough in 2011 to merit that kind of present. And, besides, Lovie Smith has put the kibosh on any notion of getting a replacement for Jay Cutler from outside the team.

But that hasn’t stopped Favre, who officially filed his retirement papers in January 2011. According to a report out of Chicago, he has let it be known that if the Bears called, he’d listen. The Bears, according to ESPN Chicago’s Michael C. Wright, have not contacted Favre, the 42-year-old former Falcon/Packer/Jet/Viking/texter who has been hunting critters of late in retirement in Mississippi. He wasn’t saying he would play and he wasn’t saying he wouldn’t — this is Brett Favre — but he reportedly has been staying in shape.

Smith said that he was happy with the three QBs on the Bears’ roster. “That's our group. We're going to make improvements with our group. We're not looking on the outside,” Smith said. “We won't have a quarterback tryout or anything like that.”

The team is counting on having Cutler back by the time the playoffs start — and on making the playoffs. Which could be challenging with Caleb Hanie throwing six interceptions in the last two games (both losses). The team signed Josh McCown on Nov. 23 as the primary backup, but he has struggled and was not active Sunday. Rookie Nathan Enderle has not thrown a pass in a regular-season game.

CSN Chicago reported that McNabb was a possibility, but Devin Hester shot that down on “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on ESPN Radio, saying that begging him would be “a waste of time.”

H/T to jksesq1, for the reminder about the Falcons.

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