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Jets Officially Release Favre

Wow.
On the same day we speculated that the stage could be set for the Second Annual Brett Favre Retirement to be followed by the Second Annual Brett Favre Unretirement, the Jets threw the NFL world a curve ball by releasing Favre from the reserve-retired list.
Per Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Jets announced the move Tuesday night.
The move means that Favre is an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any team.
Including the Minnesota Vikings.
Favre wanted to play for the Vikings last year, but the Packers refused to grant him an unconditional release.   At one point, the Packers accused the Vikings of tampering with Favre, based on communications between Favre and Vikings offensive coordinator Darell Bevell and head coach Brad Childress.  (The charges were found to be unsubstantiated.)
Green Bay held firm in its position, and Favre ultimately accepted a trade to the Jets.  Under the terms of the deal, the Jets would have owed the Packers three first-round draft picks if they had traded Favre to the Vikings, Bears, or Lions.
The Jets reportedly declined to release Favre in February, when he retired for the second time in less than a full year.
“[Agent] Bus [Cook] and Mike [Tannenbaum] have been talking about this for a while,” Favre said in a statement.  “Nothing has changed.  At this time, I am retired and have no intention of returning to football.”
But unless Favre is planning to sign a one-day contract to officially retire (again) with the Packers, there’s no reason for the Jets to make the move if Favre has no intention of returning to football.
Our guess?  Once Cook sufficiently and successfully pestered the Broncos to trade quarterback Jay Cutler to the Bears, Cook embarked on an effort to pester Tannenbaum to release Favre, if for no reason other than to clear out any potential impediments to the wild gray hair that might crawl up Brett’s butt in the next month or two.
The next step for Cook?  He’ll start pestering Bevell and Childress to start pestering Brett to provide the final piece for one of the most talented teams in NFL history at every position except the one that counts the most.

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  1. ppk2gb says: Apr 28, 2009 10:12 PM

    awesome

  2. drunkmonkey says: Apr 28, 2009 10:16 PM

    “The next step for Cook? He’ll start pestering Bevell and Childress to start pestering Brett to provide the final piece for one of the most talented teams in NFL history at every position except the one that counts the most.”
    Seriously? You’re calling the Vikings one of the most talented teams in the history of the NFL? Even if you mean to say that they are the most talented team without a QB, that’s still not even remotely true. I’m sorry, but this one is just too much to handle Florio.

  3. bored_of_seinfeld_jokes says: Apr 28, 2009 10:16 PM

    The Packers owe NYJ a 7th rounder in 2010 since Favre only played one year. If he comes out of retirement as a free agent, do the Packers still owe New York that draft pick?

  4. Marcofromda510 says: Apr 28, 2009 10:17 PM

    So florio finally found a way to make the farve stories some what relevent again. Here we go again….another farved filled summer, get your lawn mowers ready….

  5. bigfog says: Apr 28, 2009 10:18 PM

    Most talented my ass…if that was true, they wouldn’t have been one and done in the playoffs. “Most talented” teams can overcome problems with the quarterback. Don’t believe me? Check the Ravens or the Bucs when they won their respective Superbowls.
    Oh, and if the Vikings want to sign a washed up quarterback with a bum shoulder, by all means, please do.

  6. asween40 says: Apr 28, 2009 10:19 PM

    “one of the most talented teams in NFL history at every position except the one that counts the most.”
    you did not just say that did you? one of the most talented teams in NFL history aside from QB? That is the most ridiculous statement I have ever read on this site.

  7. tallonjf says: Apr 28, 2009 10:19 PM

    I’m sorry….but “most talented teams in NFL history at every position except the one that counts?”
    So you’re saying that Berrian, Shiancoe, Henderson, Greenway, Griffin, and Winfield are some of the best who have ever played their position? Really???
    Man. My standards are way off then.

  8. jrhsd says: Apr 28, 2009 10:19 PM

    I hate to burst your bubble, Mike, but Zygi Wilf has publicly said he doesn’t want Favre on the team. Ever.
    google it

  9. JMcGrath says: Apr 28, 2009 10:20 PM

    One of the most talented teams in NFL history? Outside of Peterson and the Williams DTs, that roster isn’t exactly spectacular. Hyperbole much?

  10. rimmerballz says: Apr 28, 2009 10:21 PM

    Now everyone who said Florio was off his rocker for stirring the pot, wild conspiracy theories, etc. can calm down

  11. iheartjesus says: Apr 28, 2009 10:21 PM

    “one of the most talented teams in NFL history at every position except the one that counts the most”
    Uhh…Bernard Berrian and rookie Percy Harvin are more or as talented as Reggie Wayne/Marvin Harrison, Jerry Rice/John Taylor, or for that matter, Chris Carter/Randy Moss? And how about that secondary, particularly the safety position? I think there may just have been better in NFL History at some point.
    The Vikes have a good d-line and a hell of a running back, but come on. I know you pissed off Paul Allen on the Love Covenant today, but you don’t have to so blatantly pander to him in your blog. The Vikes could still use help at the O-Line, special teams, secondary, WR, and Qb positions, and not to mention head coach, who is one of the biggest d-bags in NFL History.

  12. titans_fan says: Apr 28, 2009 10:21 PM

    That last paragraph might be a bit of a stretch especially when one considers the lack of talent at the head coaching position

  13. VikingFan0406 says: Apr 28, 2009 10:21 PM

    Favre wants to play for the VIkings even more and the Vikes need to sign him immediately to win the SB!…. who am I kidding, Im just getting my hopes up, just like every other Viking fan, just to get them crushed!

  14. garyofferdahl says: Apr 28, 2009 10:22 PM

    “The next step for Cook? He’ll start pestering Bevell and Childress to start pestering Brett to provide the final piece for one of the most talented teams in NFL history at every position except the one that counts the most.”
    “…most talented in NFL history”….dude cmon.

  15. AnimeChamp says: Apr 28, 2009 10:23 PM

    Please go away brett

  16. DEACON says: Apr 28, 2009 10:23 PM

    “one of the most talented teams in NFL history at every position except the one that counts the most.”
    ………………….
    (DEEP BREATH)
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  17. Wbrowning says: Apr 28, 2009 10:27 PM

    I think Ted Thompson just crapped his panties.

  18. ace4ever says: Apr 28, 2009 10:30 PM

    Nice one Jets.
    Now ESPN will see to it that every day will be “What Is Brett Favre Doing Right Now?”

  19. apooster says: Apr 28, 2009 10:30 PM

    Florio,
    As a Vikings fan I would love to see Favre in Purple, maybe starting, or even helping Sage and T-Jack getting better. However as you say “most talented teams in NFL history”… that’s pushing it. Yes, with a legit QB, the Vikings would be favorites to win the NFC.

  20. iBlievN5 says: Apr 28, 2009 10:32 PM

    in other news, brett favre just awakened. he subsequently threw 3 interceptions.

  21. NDCowboysfan says: Apr 28, 2009 10:34 PM

    wow…. thats shocking! Why though would you want a QB that melted down the stretch costing his team a playoff spot and his coach a job. He’ll if you want that, sign Tony Romo!

  22. kennoisewater says: Apr 28, 2009 10:34 PM

    “one of the most talented teams in NFL history at every position except the one that counts the most.”?
    Are you artarded?
    They’re mediocre in the secondary besides Antoine Winfield and maybe Madieu Williams, mediocre at linebacker in terms of speed for a cover 2 base defense, and Jared Allen is their only true pass-rusher, not to mention they are one-dimensional at receiver (Bernard Berrian is suddenly Calvin Johnson?), and do not have a tight end that can stretch the field, not to mention the offensive line is “elite” why, because there are first round picks on it?…..yea, I guess that is one of the most talented teams in NFL history.

  23. jets83 says: Apr 28, 2009 10:35 PM

    Wow.
    The Jets have moved on from Favre. Over the next few months are the time when the annual “Will he? Won’t he?” talks start and this is a way for the Jets to not have to answer a single question about Favre. It would only be a distraction to the team. Probably a smart move.

  24. gopherb24 says: Apr 28, 2009 10:35 PM

    “jrhsd says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 10:19 pm
    I hate to burst your bubble, Mike, but Zygi Wilf has publicly said he doesn’t want Favre on the team. Ever.
    google it ”
    haha. i did google it, and it just so happens the first result is from this very site.
    http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/02/16/zygi-isnt-interested-in-brett/

  25. kennoisewater says: Apr 28, 2009 10:36 PM

    More importantly, what the hell is the wheelbarrow? LOL

  26. kennoisewater says: Apr 28, 2009 10:37 PM

    Wait, nevermind that last comment, I just googled it….I was expecting something a lot more fascinating.

  27. JSS84 says: Apr 28, 2009 10:38 PM

    10-05-09 MNF Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings…boy would Bristol love those ratings.

  28. drunkhaloplayer says: Apr 28, 2009 10:38 PM

    Tarvaris Jackson would still be the best QB on the roster! Don’t do it Zygi!!

  29. kennoisewater says: Apr 28, 2009 10:38 PM

    I’m giving 5/5 ratings to any comment that mocks Florio for calling the Vikings “one of the most talented teams in NFL history”

  30. Eddie Drycleaner says: Apr 28, 2009 10:41 PM

    hair in the butt is a serious condition that should not be taken lightly. I am apalled.

  31. Wbrowning says: Apr 28, 2009 10:43 PM

    Favre I bet will come back. He got a shot to stick it to TT and play for a good team in the Vikes. Now He doesn’t have to go through the BS of getting released by the Jets. I bet Ziggy will change his tune.

  32. wcu1998 says: Apr 28, 2009 10:45 PM

    Topher, that was classic. Possibly the best post I have ever seen, on any message board

  33. go_bucs says: Apr 28, 2009 10:46 PM

    i wouldnt even say the vikes are one of the better teams in the nfc let alone one of the greatest teams of all time. did you take your meds today florio?

  34. Mactator says: Apr 28, 2009 10:47 PM

    LOL, Favre on the love boat farting and belching all over the place. Priceless!!!

  35. Patsfanin Philly says: Apr 28, 2009 10:48 PM

    Hey Childress, Rumor has it that Belichick is interested in signing Favre for the Patriots for $15 million per year. Why don’t you beat him to it and sign Brett for the Vikings..That’ll show how you can put one over on old Bill………….
    PS I think he’s also interested in Michael Vick and Plaxico too.

  36. blackglass3 says: Apr 28, 2009 10:56 PM

    Watching Brett crash and burn last year was a blast…let’s see what he does for the encore!!

  37. sportfan1234 says: Apr 28, 2009 10:58 PM

    Alright…let’s slow down on the Florio bashing. He usually deserves it but he didn’t mean what many of you think he meant. Florio does not believe that the Vikings are “one of the most talented teams in NFL history at every position except the one that counts the most”. He did say exactly those words BUT many of you are taking them out of context. He is trying to tell us that Favre’s AGENT will be using that line on both Favre & Bevell & Childress.
    That would be exactly what I would do as an agent. That doesn’t mean that he believes it either. But, it is what the agent will be saying. And it is what Childress/Bevell will be saying to Favre behind the scenes.
    It’s just that Florio doesn’t believe that and although it may have sounded/looked like it.

  38. sportfan1234 says: Apr 28, 2009 11:02 PM

    Patsfanin Philly….
    I am a huge Viking fan. BUT….you should win a book with that comment. It is not only very funny, but it’s also very true!
    Patsfanin Philly says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 10:48 pm
    Hey Childress, Rumor has it that Belichick is interested in signing Favre for the Patriots for $15 million per year. Why don’t you beat him to it and sign Brett for the Vikings..That’ll show how you can put one over on old Bill………….
    PS I think he’s also interested in Michael Vick and Plaxico too.

  39. iver74 says: Apr 28, 2009 11:03 PM

    Ted Thompson is smiling. Check out packers.com, watch Kevin Greene’s press conference after getting B.J. and Clay.
    Having Favre at the helm in Minnesota is gravy…Pure gravy.
    Can’t wait to see Favre in purple being chased by Clay and B.J. Barnett, Hawk. Jenkins, Kampman and pickett. Or how about those 2-3yr d-lineman who couldn’t touch him, but just wanted to tee up on him? What, a pick by Woodson, Harris, you say?
    Can’t wait.

  40. sodak22 says: Apr 28, 2009 11:05 PM

    i think what florio meant to say was that the vikings are one of the most talented teams ever without a qb

  41. descendency says: Apr 28, 2009 11:07 PM

    Play for Minnesota Favre… you’d be an improvement over Rosenfail and Jack… well yea.

  42. chuuki85 says: Apr 28, 2009 11:10 PM

    all-pro type players
    peterson
    hutchinson
    pat williams
    kevin williams
    jared allen
    antoine winfield
    add in probowl caliber players
    greenway 115 tackles 5.5 sacks.. led the league in fumble recoveries
    and even longwell 29-34….6-6 from 50 yards out
    if your talking on talent
    ej henderson was on a tear last year until he got hurt
    berrien pretty solid
    chester taylor could be starting for many teams
    mckinnie pretty talented
    and now percy harvin
    this team is definately one of the most talented in the league today…maybe not history…but i don’t see how you can laugh them off as just having a few talented players
    in my opinion the only things holding back this team is the head coach

  43. TommyUrbanskisLegs says: Apr 28, 2009 11:13 PM

    Please no Favre, not again. I can’t deal with another season of that toolbag. At least now I can say that Big Ben has one more SB ring than Favre.
    Read: KissingSuzyKolber’s Peter King analysis.

  44. GB3Pack4 says: Apr 28, 2009 11:14 PM

    Favre is not coming back. To the Vikings or anywhere else. Remember how evasive he was before, on the first? second? whatever, retirement? Over an endless amount of time, two months? Two years? Twelve?
    He never once said, in response to tons of direct questions, No, I’m not coming back. He was nauseatingly coy, smirking, Well, he said, well, you never know …
    This time, he clearly states it, unequivocally states, I have no intention of returning.
    Wait – wait a minute. “I have no INTENTION …”
    Oh rats.
    If he was REALLY being unequivocal, he’d have said, “I WON’T return..” But he didn’t. he’s done it again he’s left the door open it’s all going to start over oh no… no…. please please no

  45. Idle Hands says: Apr 28, 2009 11:14 PM

    That’s right bitches! Pro bowl caliber offensive line, three pro bowl defensive linemen, Henderson would have been in the pro bowl if not for injury, Greenway is known as one of the best young linebackers in the league and Winfield and Griffin are the hardest hitting corners in the NFL and can cover. Peterson is the best back in the league and Taylor is the best backup. Berrian led the league in catches over 20 yds and Shiancoe is turning into one of the better pass catching TEs not to mention Kleinsasser is the best blocking TE out there. So all you whiny bitches laughing ay Florio’s statement of best talent on their team outside of the QB spot are just scred because just one solid QB puts the Vikings in the Bowl!

  46. Bubby Brister says: Apr 28, 2009 11:18 PM

    The only thing keeping the Vikings from being the talented team of all time is that they passed on Pat White. Duh.
    – Florio

  47. docmorgan7 says: Apr 28, 2009 11:18 PM

    Brett Favre is clearly an upgrade over Sage. Ladies and Gentlemen…Brett Farve…we got em’! We’re Coming, We’re Coming!!!

  48. EvPimp says: Apr 28, 2009 11:24 PM

    Haha If Brett goes to the Vikings hundreds of idiots will kill themselves in Wisconsin!!
    I say go for it Brett!!!!

  49. halestorm74 says: Apr 28, 2009 11:27 PM

    Florio NAILED IT!!! Best team in history! Period!

  50. TMI says: Apr 28, 2009 11:36 PM

    Doesn’t he have to clear waivers?
    Remember when D Sanders tried to come out of retirement, & Marty put in a waiver claim for him to keep him from signing with the Raiders?
    The Pack are higher than the Vikes on waivers.
    Wouldn’t it just be a bitch if Teddy put in a claim for Lord Favre!!
    “We want Brett to retire a Packer…..again…….once & for all”.

  51. Blahman64 says: Apr 28, 2009 11:37 PM

    Mixed Reactions..
    Yes, the Vikings are truly a very talented team.
    But, after watching Favre get ‘debacled’ last year, I don’t know if he’s even worth it. Maybe a try, if he’s willing to take the veteran minimum and go through training camp reps with T.J. and Rosenfels, but I know Bus Cook won’t even allow Brett to think of that possibility. What the Vikings truly need is a long-term QB, and I still think that’s very possible with T.J., but given the circumstances and the play calling, it won’t happen until a new head coach comes in.

  52. GB3Pack4 says: Apr 28, 2009 11:38 PM

    Just thought of something – CUTLER and FAVRE and RODGERS and STAFFORD in the same division – yeah, I know, Stafford’s gonna sit and Zigi doesn’t want Favre, but it’s still fun to think about, would sure light up the division –

  53. bedo1234 says: Apr 28, 2009 11:40 PM

    Most talented….thats true…they did go 10-6 in the mighty NFC north where the three other teams totaled 15 wins. Fail.

  54. BP14 says: Apr 28, 2009 11:40 PM

    Shut up Florio. the off season isnt that slow that you have to start making up stories…dont worry some player will get arrested soon

  55. Lead_Farmer says: Apr 28, 2009 11:41 PM

    I don’t know who is funnier, the Vikings fans or Florio (who is the ultimate Viking/Favre fan). If Favre wants to truly ruin his legacy then by all means, he should sign with the Queens.
    But if he still wants to go down as a folk-hero caliber hero to the people of Green Bay and those around the NFL, then stay retired.
    By the way, Vikings fans. Good luck with all that talent on your roster. You should definitely win another Super Bowl trophies that have a been a part of your rich history…oh wait…nevermind….

  56. foxmtbr says: Apr 28, 2009 11:43 PM

    As a Vikings fan, I would much rather have Tarvaris Jackson than a washed up Brett Favre. The last thing this team needs is a “quick fix” at QB. Gus Frerotte was bad enough. The only way we will ever solve our QB problem for good is if we actually let someone develop in that spot. I’m talking about T-Jack, the guy who posted a rating of about 100 last December. He’s no Peyton Manning, but with more and more weapons to work with (especially a guy like Harvin), he can get back there and manage games just the way we need him to. He doesn’t have to make plays, he just has to find the guy who can. And that’s something I can trust T-Jack to do. Or even Sage if necessary. So please Brad Childress, for the sake of this franchise, just stick with the plan this year.
    Really, neither Zygi Wilf nor Brad Childrapist will fall for this. Florio, you are an idiot for repeatedly posting this crap. Do you really have nothing better to report? If there’s not much going on in the NFL, I’d rather just see a mildly empty homepage than a page filled with this kind of blasphemy. But that’s what I get for coming to PFT.
    P.S. When he said the “one of the most talented teams in NFL history at every position except the one that counts the most” thing, he was imitating Bus Cook, not making personal commentary. Not even Florio is stupid enough to make a claim like that. Even as a Vikings fan, I can be realistic and say this team is very talented, but certainly has no place in any conversation about the greatest lineups in history. I believe that kind of roster STARTS with a great QB. “Tarvaris Jackson” and “Fran Tarkenton” aren’t exactly synonymous.

  57. Bob_Nelson says: Apr 28, 2009 11:46 PM

    Brett Favre is the greatest QB of all time.
    He has better numbers as a Jet than Tavaris Jackson in 3 seasons with the viklings.
    Sorry, but Brett Favre would never stoop so low as to become a viking. He has too much pride and self respect. You will be facing blackouts again this season.
    As Bill Murray once said, “How can you take seriously a team with horns painted on their helmets?”

  58. Tundrastruck says: Apr 28, 2009 11:46 PM

    Most talented team in the NFL? Seriously? Did Florio, Jr. get your website password? Florio, put down the crackpipe, lay off the weed and Jack Daniels is best left for those able to walk after drinking it. Adrian Peterson is one good hit away from being Billy Sims. Jared Allen is one pill away from a nice long suspension and their coach is in over his head…..WAY WAY WAY over his head.

  59. foxmtbr says: Apr 28, 2009 11:47 PM

    poo

  60. jimicos says: Apr 28, 2009 11:47 PM

    apooster says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 10:30 pm
    Florio,
    As a Vikings fan I would love to see Favre in Purple, maybe starting, or even helping Sage and T-Jack getting better.
    —————————————
    Um, yeah.. I’m going to have to go ahead and sort of, disagree with you on that one. Favre doesn’t help QBs get better. Ask Rodgers. Hell, he dresses in his own locker room. He doesn’t want to know their names, let alone help them.

  61. drboogerlips says: Apr 28, 2009 11:49 PM

    Somehow I see the skins getting linked to him in some fashion.

  62. east96st says: Apr 28, 2009 11:49 PM

    Idle Hands says:
    “So all you whiny bitches laughing ay Florio’s statement of best talent on their team outside of the QB spot are just scred because just one solid QB puts the Vikings in the Bowl!”
    Where they would proceed to set a new NFL record for most losses in Super Bowl history. I am “scred” that we’ll all hurt our ribs from laughing “ay” the fact that you and Florio actually consider this team one of the “most talented teams in NFL history”.

  63. EB says: Apr 28, 2009 11:53 PM

    What is the next record Favre needs/ wants? Oh yeah – Blanda played till he was what, 47? Favre is probably calling George Foreman to see how hard it is to compete @ 50!

  64. bandit says: Apr 29, 2009 12:04 AM

    The Vikings are “one of the most talented teams in NFL history at every position except the one that counts the most”????
    You guys seem to be forgetting that the Vikings have Nahafirstballothalloffame Tahi and Ryan “Ring of Honor” Cook.

  65. favrewillplay4ever says: Apr 29, 2009 12:11 AM

    idle hands, i believe you need to stop drinking chilli’s purple kool-aid! i bet you’re the type of guy that buys into chilli screwing over bilichick to get pothead harvin too aren’t you? or you’re allready on the boat that’s thinking percy is the second coming of randy maw only better? also, please explain to me when antoine winfield has ever covered any receiver? he is a tackler, not a cover guy. he hits like mighty mouse i’ll give you that, but he makes al harris look like the flash. toine is consistently burnt by darn near every receiver he goes up against. i understand your optimism for the coming season, but the bottom line is don’t get your hotel reservations yet for the championship. i still have my 98 super bowl champions vikings shirt and you know how that turned out. you should have learned from all other vikings fans by now that to cheer for them is only going to lead to heartbreak….. unless you’re one of those guys that’s in chilli’s boat just playing for division championships. how many rings do the vikings have exactly?

  66. jimicos says: Apr 29, 2009 12:26 AM

    Idle Hands says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 11:14 pm
    That’s right bitches! Pro bowl caliber offensive line, three pro bowl defensive linemen, Henderson would have been in the pro bowl if not for injury, Greenway is known as one of the best young linebackers in the league and Winfield and Griffin are the hardest hitting corners in the NFL and can cover. Peterson is the best back in the league and Taylor is the best backup. Berrian led the league in catches over 20 yds and Shiancoe is turning into one of the better pass catching TEs not to mention Kleinsasser is the best blocking TE out there. So all you whiny bitches laughing ay Florio’s statement of best talent on their team outside of the QB spot are just scred because just one solid QB puts the Vikings in the Bowl!
    —————————-
    Those are some serious purple-tinted glasses you’ve got there, fella.
    Pro bowl caliber offensive line.. They’re good, but Hutchinson is the only one of the five to be voted to the Pro Bowl in the last 3 years.
    Henderson would’ve been in the Pro Bowl if not for injury.. Seriously? He played 4 frickin games and got 27 tackles and 1 sack.. Even if you project that out to a 16 game season (which is ridiculous), those aren’t Pro Bowl numbers.
    Winfield is very good. Griffin? Not so much.
    Berrian led the league in catches over 20 yards.. No, not even close. He was tied for 17th in that category. Not that it matters. He didn’t even crack 1000 yards.

  67. jimicos says: Apr 29, 2009 12:27 AM

    docmorgan7 says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 11:18 pm
    Brett Favre is clearly an upgrade over Sage. Ladies and Gentlemen…Brett Farve…we got em’! We’re Coming, We’re Coming!!!
    —————————————
    I’ll bet you are..

  68. myasylum says: Apr 29, 2009 12:27 AM

    Please do Brett!! That’s going to be entertaining football at it’s best!!
    Cutler in Chicago, Culpepper in Detroit, Rodgers in Green Bay, and Brett in Minnesota!!! That would RULE! Do it!

  69. bishop23 says: Apr 29, 2009 12:29 AM

    i hope that yr being sarcastic with the most talented team…maybee do some verbal gymnastics and say something about having the most talented rb today (not in history)..but cmon…

  70. firepoet says: Apr 29, 2009 1:25 AM

    I think florio was including all of NFL history, I don’t think he meant they were the most talented right this moment. Lets not forget the purple people eaters of yesteryear. They were one of the best teams of all time.

  71. Timberpups says: Apr 29, 2009 1:27 AM

    Tomorrow I expect to see Madden is coming back to MNF as well.

  72. FreeMikeVick says: Apr 29, 2009 2:24 AM

    how about favre going to Washington? the ‘skins love big names,
    and snyder can afford the hit to his cap, plus favre is the same gunslinger style as colt brennan, and favre could throw deep balls to ‘tana moss, cooley, and randel-el.

  73. Sojudaddy says: Apr 29, 2009 2:28 AM

    I wouldn’t put it past the Vikings to kick the tires on Favre. Hell, the Vikings signed a washed up crusty Jim McMahon when they were desperate for some QB experience.

  74. Joe 6-pack says: Apr 29, 2009 2:32 AM

    “Can’t wait to see Favre in purple being chased by Clay and B.J. Barnett, Hawk. Jenkins, Kampman and pickett. Or how about those 2-3yr d-lineman who couldn’t touch him, but just wanted to tee up on him? What, a pick by Woodson, Harris, you say? ”
    Wait, the Packers have a pass-rush? I couldn’t tell last season. Won’t be able to this season either.

  75. cliffclav says: Apr 29, 2009 2:49 AM

    I am afraid Mike that there are way too many people that cant pick up on sarcasm

  76. sodak22 says: Apr 29, 2009 2:52 AM

    blah blah blah vikings=no rings=never gonna get 1 and the giants won’t beat the patriots, the TB rays will be perenial basement dwellers, etc. past history does not dictate future success unless you’re trying to back a losing argument. hate on haters, but the vikes have a better rb, dline, and oline than most if not all of you whiners.

  77. joemorgan says: Apr 29, 2009 2:53 AM

    LOL!!!! One of the most talented teams in the history of the NFL!!!! WOW! The team that got shellacked by the Eagles in the wildcard game last year is up there with the Lombardi Packers, the Steelers and Cowboys of the 70s, and Montana’s 49ers? Is anyone else DYING of laughter? HAHAHAH oh my Gawd.

  78. glenne81 says: Apr 29, 2009 2:56 AM

    Sign him,,,,its not like we’re going to go backwards at the position. any QB play at all and we have a week one bye last year,,,,,and with any QB play at all we beat Philly,,,,,so why not? at the worst we learn his arm is done and sage or tjack play,,,,,with our schedule we still make playoffs,,,,,if he still has it,,,,we go deep in the playoffs,,,,,its really a cant lose deal now

  79. promichael says: Apr 29, 2009 2:59 AM

    Great work Mike we are now aware that more and more episodes
    of “As Brett Favre’s World Turns” may be coming.

  80. noseman81 says: Apr 29, 2009 3:14 AM

    The next step for Cook should be to “pester” Danny Snyder for a one-year $20 million deal. He can show Campbell how to throw the 15-yard hail mary when the line doesn’t block!

  81. Shaun Lowrie says: Apr 29, 2009 3:35 AM

    Haha I have no idea what you see in the Vikings. They’re very very one dimensional and have lost Birk and Sharper, two veteran performers who know they’re better off at other franchises than staying with the Vikes.
    I’ll add this to the list of agendas:
    Favre to the Vikings
    Pat White will succeed in the NFL
    Bring back Jeff George
    Daunte Culpepper is in any way still competent

  82. Shaun Lowrie says: Apr 29, 2009 3:37 AM

    Oh, and did you watch Favre last season? If that decline continues (and there’s no evidence to suggest it won’t) I’d be very cautious about putting any eggs in that particular basket.

  83. jmuscia says: Apr 29, 2009 3:53 AM

    ..aahhhh……Hello….did anyone read the tea leaves and hear that Brett Favre will be playing for the Browns in 2009…..???? OK….he will be quarterback coach or whatever they call guys waiting to take over, etc. so we’ll see….

  84. JimmyLions says: Apr 29, 2009 4:04 AM

    Hey don’t pick on the Vikings, they’ve won the same number of Super Bowls as the Lions!
    If Farve comes out of retirement, then when will they do the movie about him? (Farve will be played by David Hasselhoff).

  85. john-o says: Apr 29, 2009 5:02 AM

    As a Viking fan this is not even the most talented Viking Team in history not to have a quality QB.
    …See 1970 and 1971 Minnesota Vikings..
    I think those 2000 Baltimore Ravens might have a bigger gripe or two about that comment too.
    And that’s just off the top of my head.

  86. JagMania65 says: Apr 29, 2009 5:30 AM

    Wow! 66 comments after Florio’s sarcastic comment about the Vikings being the most talented team in history?
    Maybe WE’RE the ones who are retarded…

  87. screaming sheep says: Apr 29, 2009 5:50 AM

    Topher, that was gold except, it should be Cowgirl, not Cowboy. Not that theres anything wrong with that…

  88. runinouttalife says: Apr 29, 2009 6:21 AM

    i think if farve goes to the vikes(please god no) he will be a cornerback coach…if there is one thing farve knows about it is interceptions!!

  89. liberrian says: Apr 29, 2009 6:41 AM

    Even with sh*tty coaching, the most talented team at every position except QB should have done better than 10-6 and a playoff loss. Full disclosure: I’m a lifelong Vikes fan.

  90. dhamz says: Apr 29, 2009 6:42 AM

    Favre can can to Minnesota now and do what he does best – throw int’s, single handedly lose big games, and get his coach fired.
    At least with childress it couldn’t happen to a more deserving coach.

  91. tv says: Apr 29, 2009 6:59 AM

    The Pats, Saints, and Colts are all moving mountains in order to jettison their QBs and sign Lord Favre.

  92. realityonetwo says: Apr 29, 2009 7:27 AM

    I see that out of nearly 100 responses, nobody is arguing the fact that the Vikings were terrible at QB last year. And what did they do to address that lack of talent? Trade for Cutler? Move up for Sanchez? Nope. They signed a QB who singlehandedly lost a 60-minute game in two minutes…

  93. Eric the Red says: Apr 29, 2009 7:30 AM

    I’ve heard this all off-season… “the Vikings will sign another QB”.
    Let’s just say that happens, what do they do with their roster? The Have Jackson, Rosenfels, and Booty… who goes?
    As a fan of the NFL, I’d love to see it… it would make for 2 incredible games that I would not miss!

  94. JimmySmith says: Apr 29, 2009 7:32 AM

    Love that line; Florio really poked the hornet’s nest with that one.
    The true dynasty teams of the NFL (1960’s Packers, 70’s Steelers, and 1980’s 49ers) differ in at least one material aspect to the 2008-09 Vikings, their head coaches were universally respected as the best in the game. With Col Klink at the helm, the Vikings have the one of the most annoying, smug, intellectually challenged nitwits to ever coach in NFL history. What makes this so special is that Ziggy doesn’t realize this, the Viking fans aren’t smart enough to grasp it and any Viking player who dares to challenge him is mincemeat, (just ask Pullpecker)
    The 2009 Viking team will make NFL history all right, as Exhibit A as proof positive that no matter how well a GM stocks a NFL roster, a knuckle head like Klink can screw it up.

  95. schweinehund says: Apr 29, 2009 7:35 AM

    An undignified end.

  96. walk26 says: Apr 29, 2009 7:53 AM

    Most talented team in history!!!!!!!!!!!!! Told you guys Vikings HOMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That is the most pathetic thing I have ever heard!!!!!!!!!

  97. Tundrastruck says: Apr 29, 2009 8:02 AM

    Do they still play 9-man high school football up on the Iron Range in Minnesota? If so, then the Vikings would be the most talented among those teams.

  98. WhineyVikingFan says: Apr 29, 2009 8:15 AM

    Hey Florio, the statement that the Vikings are the most talented team in NFL history is even dumber than the time you said the Steelers were the “Team of the Century” even though they sucked for half of their existence. Oh, and the NFL hasn’t been around for a century.
    Anyway, those are two of the dumbest statements in NFL history.

  99. jc says: Apr 29, 2009 8:24 AM

    Favre isn’t coming back. Get over it.

  100. Rossy P says: Apr 29, 2009 9:04 AM

    Wow, this hillbilly just needs to go away!

  101. jimicos says: Apr 29, 2009 9:11 AM

    This could be a reality show. Picture Favre signing with teams, only to retire and then unretire.. He’ll have accomplices and hidden cameras. Ashton Kutcher will produce the show. They’ll call it “Favre’d”. At the end of every episode Brett will let the cat out of the bag with his catch phrase, “Sorry, but you’ve been Favre’d.”
    And then he’d fart loudly.

  102. jimicos says: Apr 29, 2009 9:28 AM

    Joe 6-pack says:
    April 29th, 2009 at 2:32 am
    Wait, the Packers have a pass-rush? I couldn’t tell last season. Won’t be able to this season either.
    ————————————-
    Vikings sacks versus Packers in 2008: 4
    Packers sacks versus Vikings in 2008: 3
    Yeah, that Jared Allen signing made all the difference.

  103. DavidInTexas says: Apr 29, 2009 9:30 AM

    My gosh, Florio…
    Do you realize that you just wrote a whole column about Favre and the Jets, and had not ONE mention of Eric Mangini.
    Brain fart?

  104. clevelandaewoo says: Apr 29, 2009 9:52 AM

    i woke up in the middle of the night (about 4 a.m. in the midwest) & saw the espn headline that nyj released him and couldnt get here quickly enough to get your take. it was worth the scramble and about what i’d expected. cant wait to see how this plays out!

  105. Slow Joe says: Apr 29, 2009 10:00 AM

    “Nothing has changed. At this time, I am retired and have no intention of returning to football.”
    Uh-oh.

  106. darth_vincent says: Apr 29, 2009 10:09 AM

    I have only one thing to say about the vikings today, well, that’s actually everyday…
    “the best 15-1 non-Super Bowl team ever!”

  107. purpleguy says: Apr 29, 2009 10:15 AM

    Geez, whenever PFT writes with sarcasm there should be some sort of asterisk so readers can determine Mike’s slinging crap. Not even Vikes fans contend the team is the most talented in the NFC, let alone the whole league. The team is equally or more talented than the Pack and Bears and certainly more talented than the Lions, but no one here is getting carried away — this isn’t Wisconsin.
    What this shows is how much smarter Jets’ management is compared to TT. They released Farve right away before he became a distraction. TT, on the other hand, tried to be the all-knowing stubborn big-shot, and it blew up in his face. The next claim out of the Pack “brain trust” will probably be yet another phantom Vike tampering allegation. Klink had better save his cell phone records.

  108. jstump says: Apr 29, 2009 10:23 AM

    An open letter to Bret Farve from a long suffering Vikings fan:
    Dear Mr. Farve:
    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE sign with us.

  109. PHOOL says: Apr 29, 2009 10:44 AM

    If Madden announces today that he is the new color guy for Minnesota I am never watching the NFL again

  110. screamingidiot says: Apr 29, 2009 10:57 AM

    I hope Favre doesn’t come back. He looked simply awful last year. It was sad to see a legend taint himself with all his nonsense and poor play.

  111. Pea Tear Griffin says: Apr 29, 2009 11:32 AM

    @kennoisewater
    April 28th, 2009 at 10:34 pm
    “Are you artarded?”
    Haha, funniest typo ever. Artarded!

  112. CanadianVikingFan says: Apr 29, 2009 11:32 AM

    I think sometimes Florio is Favre, he keeps coming back with this nonsense.

  113. Pea Tear Griffin says: Apr 29, 2009 11:35 AM

    @TMI says:
    “Doesn’t he have to clear waivers?”
    No, he’s been in the league long enough (I think it’s after 3 years) so that when he gets released he’s automatically a F/A.

  114. jonnymilba says: Apr 29, 2009 12:25 PM

    sar⋅casm
       /ˈsɑrkæzəm/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [sahr-kaz-uhm] Show IPA
    –noun
    1. harsh or bitter derision or irony.
    2. a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark: a review full of sarcasms.
    A good example of this would be saying the 2009 Vikings are the most talented team in the history of football minus the QB position. Well played, Florio. Although this does not speak well to the intelligence of the average PFT reader when none of them get it.

  115. Outsider says: Apr 29, 2009 12:34 PM

    “jimicos says:
    April 29th, 2009 at 9:28 am
    Joe 6-pack says:
    April 29th, 2009 at 2:32 am
    Wait, the Packers have a pass-rush? I couldn’t tell last season. Won’t be able to this season either.
    ————————————-
    Vikings sacks versus Packers in 2008: 4
    Packers sacks versus Vikings in 2008: 3
    Yeah, that Jared Allen signing made all the difference. ”
    The Vikings jumped from 23rd in sacks to fourth last season.
    Jared Allen was 5th in the league in sacks: 14.5….

  116. Bud_Grant says: Apr 29, 2009 12:47 PM

    @purple guy says:
    “What this shows is how much smarter Jets’ management is compared to TT. They released Farve right away before he became a distraction. TT, on the other hand, tried to be the all-knowing stubborn big-shot, and it blew up in his face.”
    Huh? TT thought Favre wouldn’t be as good as Rodgers (he was correct), didn’t want to play for the Packers (he was correct), wasn’t long for the NFL (he was correct), and so traded him and got something in return, and go into next season with the QB position firmed up.
    The Jets thought Favre would be better than Pennington (they were wrong), could still play at the level from the prior year (they were wrong), and would get them to the playoffs (they were wrong). They released him and got nothing for it, and go into next season with a rookie or Kellen Clemens.
    So not sure how you think the Jets were smarter….

  117. jimicos says: Apr 29, 2009 1:53 PM

    Outsider says:
    April 29th, 2009 at 12:34 pm
    The Vikings jumped from 23rd in sacks to fourth last season.
    Jared Allen was 5th in the league in sacks: 14.5….
    —————————————-
    And yet they only got a total of 4 in 2 games against the Packers. They can go ahead and sign another Jared Allen as far as I’m concerned.

  118. centeredwarrior says: Apr 30, 2009 1:10 AM

    Could be the Jets wanted to avoid the problem of immediately having to clear cap space when Favre puts Favre ahead of the rest of the league. As I understand it, if he asks to be reinstated, the Jets immediately need to dump $13 million in salary – that’s a lot of recently filled holes opening back up.

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