I'm not sure that I read the same story as you. He didn't throw Favre under the bus at all - he just mentioned he was displeased. The fact that he didn't bring this up and become a distraction last season says a lot about the guy.
There are times when people need to move on. You've never left a job before? It's different when your ability to work is owned by someone else - all you can do is ask to be traded since you have no say at all.
When you think about it for a little bit, it is pretty crazy that we have a system as restrictive as it is. I can't think of another occupation outside of sports (and maybe broadcasting) where people are traded by companies.
Surprisingly, Ted Thompson issued a statement. I say surprisingly, because Thompson usually doesn't say anything when he says something (from Packers.com):
Statement From Packers GM Ted Thompson Regarding Javon Walker
During his time as a Green Bay Packer, Javon Walker has been well thought of by everyone here. I like Javon, certainly as a person and as a player.
That said, Javon is under contract, which he signed as a 2002 first-round draft choice. That contract is governed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which was negotiated between the National Football League and the National Football League Players’ Association, and we expect him to honor it.
There have been several highly publicized cases of player discontent in the National Football League. I don’t anticipate us making any concessions in this matter.
We will continue to stay the course, and the Green Bay Packers will have no further comment on this topic.
Bravo! Essentially - you're under contract, you aren't going anywhere, and we're done saying anything in the press.
Guru - You're right that it is restrictive. However, nothing says he has to continue playing football and being the underpaid person he is. I need an Operations Manager, and am certain that he could earn AT LEAST $35K if he's qualified :-)
I was just gobsmacked that he did that. If it was the very last play of the game and you had to score to tie or win the game, that's one thing. But doing just off the top of your head when you already have the lead? Ridiculous.