Favre had spoken to Moss late last week and was willing to commit to more than just this season if Moss and the Packers could come to an agreement. But the Packers did not pursue Moss, who re-signed with the Patriots on Monday.
In his voice mail message to Mortensen on Tuesday, Favre said the Packers' lack of pursuit of Moss was not the driving reason why he retired.
So let me get this straight. If Thompson had acquired Moss, Favre would have committed to "more than just this season". But the day after Moss resigned with New England, Favre retires, but it is not "the driving reason".
UPDATE: ESPN has added the following to the linked story:
McCarthy said he and Favre had never discussed bringing in Moss.
"But I can tell you one thing, never once in all my converstaions with Brett this offseason has he ever asked or told me that we had to have Randy Moss for him to come back and play," McCarthy told Mortensen. "Randy Moss' name never came up once. And it bothers me that [Favre's agent] has made this an issue."
This is all well and good, but McCarthy is not in charge of bringing in new players. He's in charge of coaching them. This doesn't mean a thing. When we hear this from Thompson, the Moss story will go away. Until then, it will hang over Thompson and the Packers for a long, long time...
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