You know what…at this point I know better than to believe Brett Favre or any of his representatives when they claim he is retiring “for good.” Why? Well because the man has retired twice at the end of the last 2 NFL seasons. The following was reported today by ESPN.com
A source close to Brett Favre said the quarterback, pending a physical, will sign a contract with the Minnesota Vikings for between $10 million to $12 million, according to ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.
Favre, 39, and his wife, Deanna, arrived in Minnesota on Tuesday to meet with the Vikings, getting off a team plane at a small St. Paul airport and getting into an SUV after shaking hands with the ground crew.
Coach Brad Childress, who greeted the Favres at the airport, confirmed the planned meeting in an e-mail to The Associated Press. Asked if the plan was to sign Favre, Childress replied: “In a perfect world.”
More commentary after the jump and video from Favre’s first retirement.
The first retirement came at the end of the 2008 season when Favre was with the Green Bay Packers, a team with which he is was a living legend. This was the most believable retirement because Favre was highly emotional to the point of tears. However, a few months later rumors began to surface about Favre returning to the NFL and with that came accusations of tampering by Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress.
Apparently, Favre did does harbor some harsh feelings towards the franchise (they wanted Favre out so they could give their prized QB of the Future, Aaron Rodgers a fair shot) and Favre thought the best way to strike back was by signing with an NFC North division rival. But, the Packers still held a trump card on Favre…his contract (ooh that must of hurt Favre when he hit that brick wall in his plans). The Packers refused to sell the contract to the Vikings and in the end Brett Favre made his epic return with the New York Jets. In NY Favre failed to bring the Jets into the playoffs, tore a muscle in his throwing arm, and got head coach Eric Mangini (who was on the hot-seat) fired…and at the end of the season Favre did what? RETIRED.
Now after another summer of plotting, trying to get healthy, and declining the chance to sign with the Vikings 3 weeks ago…Brett Favre will now return to the NFL and try to fufill his master plan (punishing the Green Bay Packers for forcing him to retire take temporary leave from the NFL).
Okay so congratulations Brett you managed to get to the team you wanted 2 years ago…and you’re healthy. First issue you already managed to annoy some of your Vikings teammates and you haven’t even passed your physical, practiced, or studied the playbook yet. Second issue, your first projected NFL snap will come this Friday versus the Kansas City Chiefs…last thing they were famous for was knocking out Tom Brady in his first regular season game last year…good luck with that!
Retirement Conference with the Packers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kACbVGsWN74