Wake up the I-Team, and get the reporters down to Mississippi. The Brett Favre Unretirement Watch is back on!

The former Vikings and Packers quarterback has been relatively quiet lately, helping coach a local high school football team. But that silence was shattered early Thursday with news that an NFL team has reached out to old No. 4 in the desperate search for a quarterback with a pulse. Even a 44-year-old one who retired three years ago.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the St. Louis Rams went Favre-hunting Sunday night within hours of losing their quarterback, Sam Bradford, to a season-ending knee injury.

Favre confirmed that he turned down the Rams' inquiry during an interview with a Washington radio station.

“It's flattering,” Favre told WSPZ's Andy Pollin. “But there's no way in hell I'm going to do that!”

The Rams are 3-4 and tied for last in the ultra-competitive NFC West. Yet they still hold some dreams of playoff grandeur, despite a depth chart featuring Kellen Clemens and Brady Quinn at the QB position. So they placed a call to Bus Cook, Favre's always-available agent.

But while the thrice-retired Favre may be flattered by the attention, and sympathetic to the Rams' plight, he's staying on the sideline. For now. Count Schefter among the bitterly disappointed:

“One source familiar with the Rams conversations said that, if Favre took them up on their interest, 'it could break Twitter.' “