This is the last post about Brett Favre unretiring to join the Vikings, or not unretiring, or unretiring to start a baseball career, or whatever. I will try very, very hard to ensure that. Unless the story is that Favre’s arm fell off, or he was bitten by one of his farm animals, whatever, I want his saga to be left unreported here in the future.
I always begrudgingly respected Favre, because he was a damn good quarterback for the Packers, ate the Bears alive more often than not, and made sometimes questionable talent around him far better. I hope guys like Dorsey Levins, Edgar Bennett, Antonio Freeman and Donald Driver know how pedestrian their careers would have been if not for the everpresent threat of Favre’s arm scaring defenses.
So last week, Favre was quietly given his release from the New York Jets, and he and his agent stated that he would not unretire. Then ensued a week of yammering back and forth about him joining the Vikings as the last missing piece to propel them to Super Bowl 44. Now the report is that Favre has told the Vikings he’s not interested.
My opinion is that Favre the diva wants to drag this out as long as possible, staying in the headlines despite the public “aw shucks, I’m just a regular guy” demeanor he tries to show. I don’t think this is over by a long shot, and I won’t be surprised at all if he does decide in July to sign with the Vikings. Actually, I expect it. I will read all of those stories when published, but I’m not writing about it.
Will the Vikings be better with Favre than Sage Rosenfels? Probably. Will the Viking offense have to contend with probably 10 more interceptions thrown in 2009 with Favre than they would with Rosenfels? Probably. Favre will probably help them, but there will be the chance of seeing some very comical mistakes when the 39 year old Favre tries to squeeze in a few balls he’s no longer capable of squeezing in.
Despite Viking nation all but guaranteeing this will put them over the top, we’ll actually have to wait and see what the result is. But you’ll have to read about the lead-up to it somewhere else.