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PFT Rewind: Wilf Doesn't Want Favre

As several of you who with better memories than me have pointed out, the question of whether retired “at this time” quarterback Brett Favre will play for the Vikings might never become relevant, based on the past comments of the guy who signs the checks in Minnesota by starting with a “Z.”
In February, owner Zygi Wilf said that he’s not interested in Favre.
“I would have been interested 15 years ago,” Wilf said.  “No, I’m not interested.  No way.  I think he’s done well, he retired, it’s good.  He’s a great guy.  I’m just happy that we don’t have to keep on facing him.”
At the time, however, Wilf couldn’t have expressed interest in Favre without running afoul of the tampering rules.  And it was also apparent as of February 16 that the Jets weren’t going to be releasing Favre’s rights.  And the Vikings might have had a plan to address that gaping hole under center by doing something other than trade for Sage Rosenfels.
Now, the circumstances have changed.
Of course, Wilf might still feel the same way.  But he also might be getting lobbied aggressively by a certain head coach who’s entering the fourth year of a five-year deal with no sign of an extension and plenty of talk about a pink slip.
And as to anyone who thinks that Favre isn’t at least thinking about a Second Annual Unretirement, recently retired Colts coach Tony Dungy put it best during his wide-ranging interview with Dan Patrick.
“I would not rule it out,” Dungy said.  “I’m never quite sure what Brett Favre is doing.”

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39 Responses to “PFT Rewind: Wilf Doesn't Want Favre”
  1. Bud Grant says: Apr 30, 2009 11:47 AM

    Stop! Stop Now!

  2. darth_vincent says: Apr 30, 2009 11:47 AM

    back in February BF was a retired/active member under contract to the JETS!!!!
    ZW couldn’t say he wanted BF to come join the Vikes… it’s about the only tampering rule they actually do enforce in the NFL.

  3. Jux says: Apr 30, 2009 11:48 AM

    Do you guys have bets going on to see how many Favre/Vick stories you can shove down our throats this week? Will it qualify as news-worthy when Favre takes a longer-than-usual shit after mowing his lawn for the tenth time this week?

  4. kellyb9 says: Apr 30, 2009 11:54 AM

    @darth_vincent – Brett Favre has been officially released from the Jets. It has nothing to do with tampering.

  5. jb1996 says: Apr 30, 2009 11:54 AM

    favre is not going to be a viking favre is finnally retiring he knos he has given his all and its over now is time to relax with the family

  6. mrmagoo says: Apr 30, 2009 11:58 AM

    You know Favre is going to be getting Zygi widdit.

  7. ACforever says: Apr 30, 2009 11:58 AM

    Funny, but some folks are making the opposite argument: that Chilly may not like Favre but Wilf does. Because Wilf looks at Favre and sees ticket sales and enough sizzle to get some momentum behind the new stadium, while Chilly is sold on T-Jack and Rosenfels. And what is the point? Nobody knows what anyone really thinks, but that doesn’t stop us from speaking like we do.

  8. Vots says: Apr 30, 2009 11:58 AM

    Florio is a Vikings fan and we’re going to hear about all the scenarios why Favre is going to be a Viking for the next 2 months (just like last year).

  9. severs28 says: Apr 30, 2009 12:03 PM

    If Favre came out and said he wanted to sign with Minnesota, no way they just say no. Especially since in Febuary there was no Cutler in Chicago either.

  10. hayward giablommi says: Apr 30, 2009 12:03 PM

    I wouldn’t read too much into that, especially when there are other off the field factors (getting new stadium), somewhat similar to the Jesters motives in bringing Fav-rah in last year (sell PSL’s).
    And besides, smart organizations don’t tip their hand as far as what they may potentially do as far as personnel goes. Not that the Vikes are a smartest organization, though…

  11. jmclarkent says: Apr 30, 2009 12:04 PM

    Perhaps he was trying to avoid a tampering charge?

  12. johneverding says: Apr 30, 2009 12:04 PM

    Everyone blames Favre for all these new “rumors”. If it was not for the sports media, this would not be happening. They are the ones that stir all this bs up.
    Give the guy a break- and by the way, if he does decide to play- who cares??? It’s his decision.

  13. Bob_Nelson says: Apr 30, 2009 12:10 PM

    Bus Cook has a financial interest in Brett playing.
    The vikings, as the lowest revenue team in the league, have an interest in having a proven revenue generator.
    The vikings have one of the worst QB situations in the league.
    The vikings have not won their conference since Gerald Ford was President.
    The national media have not had much interest in the vikings (except for court appearances) for a long time.

  14. atrain says: Apr 30, 2009 12:12 PM

    YOUVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!
    ENOUGH ABOUT FAVRE ALREADY…THIS IS ABSURD

  15. NDCowboysfan says: Apr 30, 2009 12:22 PM

    lol florio this is such a non story i get that favre is prone to unretiring but cmon dude this is a stretch. first of all you need to find out if he had the surgery for the torn muscle in his arm, if he did then i see your point of view but if not, this is nothing but smoke. If favre comes out of retirement and plays, i’ll pay for your hotel and accommodations to see favre at vikings training camp. if you call me, you might get this message though
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6hN_Zv0tBo&feature=related
    (seinfeld reference)

  16. johneverding says: Apr 30, 2009 12:23 PM

    The sports media gets all these rumors started, and then everyone blames wishy, washy Favre. Give the guy a break!! He’s having trouble retiring- who cares!!!

  17. dlmcc0505 says: Apr 30, 2009 12:25 PM

    Can we put Favre and Vick on an island somewhere far away so that we dont have to see them or talk about them ever again? I will help build the raft to send them on

  18. cometominny says: Apr 30, 2009 12:32 PM

    Well, when Ziggy said that he was only trying to keep away from tampering charges! Do you think he would give Chili the green light to go after Favre earlier and almost get caught tampering and then have no interest in him months later? He would be stupid ot to pursue him. He wants a new stadium? He wants millions in extra revenues on merchandise and ticket sales? Prime coverage? It would be stupid not to get him!

  19. sourada says: Apr 30, 2009 12:38 PM

    If you’re sick of reading about Favre posts, then simply don’t click on the headline. Pro Football Talk and all media outlets are pretty much required to write, and speculate this news. I find it enjoyable…as much as you say you hate it, you do too…you just don’t know it, and you’d miss the stories if they stopped.

  20. Creeper says: Apr 30, 2009 12:40 PM

    Toss Ziggy’s ‘unequivocal statement’ right in the trash. This is the same clown who put out the ‘we’re not drafting 78 guys because of character concerns’ crap before the draft and then immediately picks one of the biggest turds in the entire bowl. If he thinks Favre will sell more tickets and give him leverage for a non-dump of a stadium, he’ll sign him.

  21. sourada says: Apr 30, 2009 12:41 PM

    to all you Favre story haters…if you’d rather read about the grocery bagger Tampa Bay just signed to the practice squad, great…but I find this speculation much more relevant, and intriguing then a lot of the stories posted on PFT

  22. straverse says: Apr 30, 2009 12:44 PM

    Tony Dungy doesn’t know any more about Brett Farve unretiring than any of us. You might as well have quoted Carrie Prejean.

  23. sourada says: Apr 30, 2009 12:47 PM

    Jux…you’re an idiot…favre taking a dump, and the Vikings flying down to meet with him are two completely different stories…did you really try to make that comparison?
    Come on…the stories are going to continue weather you like it or not…deal with it.

  24. Knuts77 says: Apr 30, 2009 12:50 PM

    Make it happen Zigi! So do you think a longer stint on the toilet means he is healthy, or no? Does anyone know if he had that surgery on his arm?

  25. CanadianVikingFan says: Apr 30, 2009 12:50 PM

    Can we have Fran Tarkenton instead

  26. sactoking says: Apr 30, 2009 12:54 PM

    Don’t forget too that Favre needs elbow surgery before he can be effective anywhere. If he doesn’t get that done soon, he has little chance of playing in 2009.

  27. Ranx777 says: Apr 30, 2009 12:54 PM

    Guys, Favre SHOULD STILL BE PLAYING NFL FOOTBALL. I hope every story is about him on this site. I love Brett and the NFL as a whole is upgraded when he is suiting up on Sundays. Not only that, but the Vikings would become instant SUPER BOWL CONTENDERS if Brett is wearing #4 come Week 1.

  28. patbowlensfurcoat says: Apr 30, 2009 1:01 PM

    When lil’ Napoleon Florio says, “As several of you who with better memories than me have pointed out…” I would like to say a sincere “thank you”. There’s not one scintilla of new “news” here. This whole week has been conjuring, conjecture, rewinds and leftovers.
    Since it’s a “rumor” website, make up some good rumors; this is just WASTING MY TIME.
    Readers: do not have a better memory than lil Napoleon Florio. It just feeds the beast.

  29. JimmySmith says: Apr 30, 2009 1:33 PM

    “entering the fourth year of a five-year deal with no sign of an extension and plenty of talk about a pink slip”
    Why do you insist on bringing this subject up all the time? Childress is the smartest coach in the league, if you don’t believe me, just ask him. Just last week, he single handily out-smarted Bellicheat to land a guy named Percy.
    The rest of us would greatly appreciate you getting off of Col Klink’s case on this one. Can you imagine if the Vikings were to actually hire a real coach, who knows, they might even not only qualify for the playoffs more than once every seven years, they might actually win a playoff game. Wait, I think you need a QB to do that, I hear Favre is available.

  30. Jux says: Apr 30, 2009 1:40 PM

    @ sourada:
    I don’t care for how much Favre is hyped up in the media as it is – but when you’re rehashing old news items just to post new items on him, I see that as a bit much.

  31. Revacard says: Apr 30, 2009 1:42 PM

    Pretty soon we’ll hear Florio say Favre’s injury was a hoax to get released from the Jets so he could sign with the Vikings.

  32. sportsbook says: Apr 30, 2009 2:17 PM

    How about Jeff George?

  33. Kevin from Philly says: Apr 30, 2009 2:19 PM

    I know what a MILF is…what’s a WILF?

  34. CallMeGreen says: Apr 30, 2009 2:40 PM

    It is entirely possible Favre may actually be done, but of all the teams being tossed around where he could land, I’m surprised no one’s mentioning Cleveland.
    He knows Mangini and it’s not exactly like the Browns’ starting QB slot is all locked up. If they were so certain about their QB, why all the pre-draft rumors? Only the Jets, Broncos and Redskins were involved in more QB rumors.

  35. Lead_Farmer says: Apr 30, 2009 3:27 PM

    Florio loves him some Vikings. Typical Vikings fan, though, Florio. Ignoring Favre’s horrendous play down the stretch last year and his injured shoulder, only so he can hand-off to Adrian “the future hall-of-famer” Peterson and throw short passes to Smokey McHarvin. I think Sage can do all of these things.
    But please, Florio, please keep up the Favre to the Vikings rumors. Then the NFC North can have two of the douchiest quarterbacks in the league.

  36. zygi milf says: Apr 30, 2009 3:34 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    April 30th, 2009 at 1:33 pm
    “entering the fourth year of a five-year deal with no sign of an extension and plenty of talk about a pink slip”
    Why do you insist on bringing this subject up all the time? Childress is the smartest coach in the league, if you don’t believe me, just ask him. Just last week, he single handily out-smarted Bellicheat to land a guy named Percy.
    The rest of us would greatly appreciate you getting off of Col Klink’s case on this one. Can you imagine if the Vikings were to actually hire a real coach, who knows, they might even not only qualify for the playoffs more than once every seven years, they might actually win a playoff game. Wait, I think you need a QB to do that, I hear Favre is available.
    *******
    Jimmy – good one.
    I only gave you a “4” because you constantly call Childress “Col. Klink.” Klink did not have a mustache. Please refer to the idiot as “Major Dad.”

  37. JimmySmith says: Apr 30, 2009 5:06 PM

    zygi milf says: “Klink did not have a mustache”
    Ah true, but that is too literal. Klink is a perfect comparison if you are a true “Hogan’s Hero’s” fan. Klink was totally clueless and the dumbest guy in the show but yet he liked to act as if he were something special and somehow smarter than anybody else. Now does that sound familiar?
    For as dumb as Childress appears, its almost too much to take when he loses the game and doesn’t even met the winning coach at mid-field for the customary handshake. So he is as classless as he is clueless.

  38. CanadianVikingFan says: Apr 30, 2009 5:37 PM

    Favre cannot become a Viking because that would require him to have his number 4 Jersey. Number 4 is already owned by John David Booty, and everyone wants to see John David Booty, just to hear his name be called.

  39. myusernamestinks says: Apr 30, 2009 6:58 PM

    I just love Favre news. Even when it isn’t. I never tire of the gossipy musings of the media, who seem so lost without him. What a perfect NFL world it would be if Favre signed with the Vikings, and Madden decided to-Boom!-un-retire and work out a new contract where he only does Minnesota games. Doink!

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