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Not So Fast on Favre to Vikings?

As Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress and quarterback Brett Favre get ready for their much-ballyhooed sitdown this week, there are indications that the Vikings might not be in a full-steam-ahead mode as far as signing Favre.
According to Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com, the Vikings are “split” on whether to pursue Favre and have yet to mull over what they’re ultimately going to do.
In Glazer’s podcast, per Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the FOX NFL insider reports that the Favre situation definitely remains up in the air.
“This is just Favre and Brad Childress,” Glazer said.  “That’s all it is right now.  It’s Favre meeting with Brad Childress.  The organization has not yet met to discuss the possibility of signing Brett Favre.  The organization is pretty much split.
“Right now, a lot of people in the organization who feel, ‘Hey, we’re below the radar right now.  Everybody is focusing on the Chicago Bears because they have Jay Cutler.  Nobody is really looking at us right now.  All we have is Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson.’  [Favre] would put [the Vikings] obviously well on the map and well over the radar, if you will.” 
Favre reportedly remains extremely bitter about his messy divorce from the Green Bay Packers and holds a grudge against General Manager Ted Thompson, according to a recent report from Gary Myers of the New York Daily News.
So, what will be the reaction in Green Bay if Favre winds up back in the NFC North wearing the Vikings’ purple uniform?
“If he goes out of his way to play for their archrivals, the Minnesota Vikings . . . that will certainly not sit well with Green Bay Packers faithful,” Glazer said.  “They obviously will not look at this in a kind manner.
“I think everybody I have talked to in the league looks at it and says, he just kind of needs to get over it.  Just let the entire situation die.  Just let it be and let the healing process begin.”
Apparently, that’s not what Favre has in mind, though.  So, this saga continues.

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51 Responses to “Not So Fast on Favre to Vikings?”
  1. mallet21 says: May 6, 2009 2:10 PM

    Split ???
    The coach and OC seem to be on board with. The owner would be a fool to not be on board. Who else is left ??
    I think Glazer is reaching here.

  2. Outsider says: May 6, 2009 2:11 PM

    We will find out whats up soon…
    Chilly is flying to mississippi tonight:
    http://blogs.startribune.com/vikingsblog/?p=2820

  3. hrmlss says: May 6, 2009 2:13 PM

    “and entering this 1st pre-season game of 2009, at 12:40 to go in the third quarter, for the Green Bay Packers is rookie free agent punter Adam Graessle, wearing #4.” Come on Ted, Make it happen!

  4. omegalh says: May 6, 2009 2:13 PM

    Doesn’t Favre have a shoulder injury that needs surgery?

  5. tbtsm15 says: May 6, 2009 2:15 PM

    They want to fly under the radar??? That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. It’s my impression that teams WANT publicity and higher expectations, because it sells tickets/merchandise!
    It seems as though the Vikings are putting this story out so that if Favre decides to stay retired, they don’t have to answer to angry fans wanting Favre to join.

  6. Idio says: May 6, 2009 2:15 PM

    Riiight.. Keep telling yourself you’re “under the radar”.
    It’s the only story you can sell yourselves to think of the firing you’re about to recieve if this year doesn’t pan out well.
    “We’ve got this guy flying under the radar by the name of All Day, we’re totally going to take this division by suprise!! Nobody knows about our stellar defense either, or our good TE and okay WR’s.”
    Yeah. Whatever. You’ve been “SuperBowl favorites” since drafting Adrian Peterson, no matter what you want to tell yourselves, that’s what you have to live up to.

  7. nerdmann says: May 6, 2009 2:16 PM

    BIGGEST CANCER IN LEAGUE HISTORY.

  8. afroviking says: May 6, 2009 2:18 PM

    Favre would look good on purple…..Come and stick it to TED THOMPSON….Yeah baby

  9. Jux says: May 6, 2009 2:19 PM

    This is just a rumor, but it fits with PFT’s style. I’ve heard Favre is also very bitter against the unincorporated community of Green Bay, VA, has a strong disdain for the AFL’s Green Bay Blizzard and would never, ever consider doing business again with Sr. Mortgage Banker Ted Thompson of Lakeland Mortgage in Hudson, WI.

  10. bgman says: May 6, 2009 2:19 PM

    I believe it is the assistant to the traveling secretary that is against signing Favre.

  11. Scout says: May 6, 2009 2:22 PM

    Put them on the map? Sure.
    Help them win football games? Maybe not.
    Honestly, is the 2009 version of Brett Favre better than the 2009 version of Sage Rosenfels? 2008 says “Probably not?”
    What’s more important….being talked about non-stop in the media, or winning football games?

  12. weitz15 says: May 6, 2009 2:23 PM

    Maybe Favre enjoys playing football. I would assume that, since he played for so long.
    So let me get this straight. He loves playing the game. He may be offered a hefty sum of money to continue playing the game. He has a high likelyhood of success with the Vikings (I’m also assuming here that Brett enjoys winning), if he plays for them.
    So I’m wondering, what is the rationale AGAINST playing? If he enjoys playing, and there is demand (from an NFL team) for him to do so, then why wouldn’t he play? Why do we look any farther into it than that?

  13. Shamrock says: May 6, 2009 2:25 PM

    Is someone running a counter on the number of Favre stories that Florio posts?

  14. Osterhouse says: May 6, 2009 2:25 PM

    Favre=Clint Eastwood

  15. Minny1 says: May 6, 2009 2:25 PM

    I cannot breathe, there’s way too much SMOKE in the room

  16. TheDPR says: May 6, 2009 2:27 PM

    Jim Nantz was making injury excuses for Favre’s collapse last season with the Jests on Dan Patrick’s radio show this morning. I don’t buy it. Torn biceps don’t have much to do with bad decision making in clutch situations. Favre has been in decline for some time now and he’s never been a good decision-maker. He’s done. He could maybe help a team like the Lions win 6 to 8 games but he’s not going to take over a playoff team and propel them to a championship.

  17. afroviking says: May 6, 2009 2:27 PM

    Favre would look good in purple….i know this scenario would be hard on puckers fans but I HAVE BLAME THE PACKERS MANAGEMENT putting an UTIMATUM to Favre retirement..Therefore i would love Favre stick it to Genius Ted Thompson and the puckers coach while wearing Purple…..LMAO

  18. ebr362 says: May 6, 2009 2:29 PM

    I used to love watching Farve in a game, but he is simply a shadow of his old self. Last year, supposed injury or not, he showed how time has caught up with him. As a Dolphin fan, it sadly reminds me of when Dan Marino learned the hard way it was time to hang them up.

  19. Michael_15_Crabtree says: May 6, 2009 2:31 PM

    Please Brett Favre
    Its getting ridiculus
    Can’t we move on with out you
    Kindly stay retired
    6 other players have tried this
    Several have failed
    Please don’t join them
    Or you will tarnish your once great
    Reputation
    This is really
    Starting to piss us off and soon you will lose fans
    . <- maybe thats what your on
    Can’t you just rethink this whole thing
    Or maybe not think about coming back at all
    Many of us would apprecieate it

  20. slococo says: May 6, 2009 2:32 PM

    Packer fans – do you like Favre more than you dislike the Vikings?
    For me, I dislike the Vikings more than I like Favre, more so now that he’s potentially waffling his way back into the league, again. How do you think the GB defense will respond to this question? If he comes back, he will suffer a season ending injury in week 4 or 8, guaranteed!
    He’s got nothing to gain by coming back. If he wins, so what, the Vikings could beat the Packers without him. If he loses, then what? Another year another team until he gets back at TT? Ridiculous!

  21. Ralph GreNader says: May 6, 2009 2:33 PM

    Can anyone say DOCUDRAMA?! This is the perfect opportunity for Disney to take a crack at an R rated movie.

  22. mweber25 says: May 6, 2009 2:36 PM

    Oh c’mon. Glazer has had such a hard on for Favre for years, since he was shut out in favor of King, Werder, and Mortensen. Glazer is the same reporter who started the whole Favre called Millen report to give him info on the upcoming Packers/Lions game. Gimme a break.
    Bottom line…If Childress wants Favre (to save his job, much less better than any QB’s currently on his roster) and Wilf wants Favre (puts butts in the seats, sells merchandise, and probably other forms of additional income I’m not thinking of), then IT WILL HAPPEN.
    Get over yourself Glazer, because you don’t any REAL inside scoop on the NFL story of the summer…AGAIN.

  23. TCLARK says: May 6, 2009 2:36 PM

    By next week Chilly will be bosting,” Yeah, I masterminded a deal that kept Farve from signing with the Patriots.”

  24. mweber25 says: May 6, 2009 2:43 PM

    Glazer is such a knob…why don’t you go bench press 250 lbs – it still won’t change the fact that you’re 5’8. Total short man complex.

  25. JustPlayFootball says: May 6, 2009 2:45 PM

    Florio- its a good thing you have all this information from the principal sources. I mean its great Favre talked to you about his bitterness and the Vikings coach confirmed his divided coaching staff on the Favre issue.
    Is there anything that this site actually produces rather recycles others work and dumping out sheer speculation?

  26. LightsOut56 says: May 6, 2009 2:46 PM

    Ultimately, I think it comes down to two things.
    1. Do the Vikings feel he will help the team win more games?
    2. Will he make the team money (selling jersey’s, filling seats, etc)?
    On the first question, obviously Favre has his best years behind him, but could arguably be upgrade over the current Viking QB situation.
    On the second question, last year he sold a lot of jersey’s for the Jets and got fans excited about the season but was ultimately a bust. Not sure Viking fans will get behind Favre this time due to all the drama.

  27. teddybayer says: May 6, 2009 2:50 PM

    Can’t just make it up, Florio: there is such thing, no
    such expression as “flying over the radar” .

  28. weitz15 says: May 6, 2009 2:50 PM

    Hypothetical situation:
    Favre wants to play.
    Vikings want Favre to play.
    These are the only factors that matter here. If these two assumptions hold true, then nothing else should effect the outcome.

  29. Miller125493 says: May 6, 2009 2:50 PM

    Murray22,
    “The Cobra Kai Packers” jerseys would be effin sweet!!

  30. k-new says: May 6, 2009 2:50 PM

    can you be considered under the radar, when:1.) you are defending division champs and 2.) everyone seems to be preoccupied with signing this 39 year old QB who has a bum wing, and throws more interceptions than Witherspoon threw punches.
    Some people seem to think the Bears have already won the division. Cutler really has yet to prove himself as an NFL QB…besides who is he going to throw to? Chicago needs to upgrade their receiver corps a bit.
    As a Vikings fan I think it would be a HUGE mistake to bring the Favre circus to town. What do you hope to gain….1 season? It’s not like you have a highly touted rookie you want to have him mentor

  31. SweeptheLeg says: May 6, 2009 2:53 PM

    Because what Florio won’t talk about is that the Favre if he’d stayed with the Jets would’ve gotten 12million to play this year. Now that the Jets have released him he has to negotiate a new contract and nobody in their right mind is going to give him 12 million. So that’s going to be the sticking point is how much the Vikings will offer and how much less is Favre going to take to play one more year.
    What will probably happen is Favre and Childress meet and Childress gives Favre the playbook to study. If Favre is feeling healthy and ready to go by early July the Vikings will try to negotiate a contract with him. If not then they go with Rosenfeilds who’s had all the minicamp reps and is ready to go as the starter. That’s the intelligent scenario and if they sign him as long as they don’t pay him massive sums of money to play they can pull him and start Roesnfeilds during the season. The Jets couldn’t do that because they didn’t have a capable backup and they were paying him 12 million so if he said he could go then he goes.

  32. woody26 says: May 6, 2009 2:58 PM

    Now we’re quoting a podcast discovered third hand through another blog site? A podcast by Jay Glazer, no less, who spouts off with his own unsourced opinion put forth as fact. How does Glazer know what the Vikings may or may not be thinking about this? I heard his podcast; he attributes absolutely none of his “facts” to any source, other than “people around the NFL.”
    The constant unsourced, anonymous reporting that is commonplace in the sports “journalism” world – the line is blurred between papers and blogs nowadays and I’m not sure journalism even exists anymore – drives me nuts.
    This post, which is based on a completely unsourced third hand story and has a dramatic headline to boot, is misleading at best, irresponsible at worst.
    I know this is just a blog, and a pretty good one at that, but can’t we do any better than this?

  33. Jim_R says: May 6, 2009 2:58 PM

    Hey Florio, where’s Taco Bill with the “Drama Queen” pics? Maybe dust off some of last year’s work if TB is out gettin’ a burrito.

  34. TTCHEWSTHEWAD says: May 6, 2009 3:06 PM

    Does anyone think BF gives a crap about the packer faithful? They are the ones that sided with teddy and mikey in kicking brett to the curb after taking them to the NFC Championship game. Yeah, they lost, yeah he threw an interception in 30 below wind chill, (maybe mikey shouldn’t of been practicing indoors for that game and the bears game, remember the one where they got their ass’es handed to ‘em?)
    Even fatso mikey said that if he wants to play he should. So my question is, you all kicked him to the curb and now you think you should have a say in whether he plays at all? Hypocritical morons, the lot!!!!!!!

  35. DC_Bengals_Fan says: May 6, 2009 3:08 PM

    “So I’m wondering, what is the rationale AGAINST playing? If he enjoys playing, and there is demand (from an NFL team) for him to do so, then why wouldn’t he play? Why do we look any farther into it than that? ”
    If all that’s true, why has he retired twice? That inconsistency is why people look further into it.
    That and it’s May, so there’s nothing else going on.

  36. TTCHEWSTHEWAD says: May 6, 2009 3:08 PM

    slococo the fool, you guarentee a season ending injury? Hoping he gets hurt for wanting to play football? You sir are a fool and someone should slap your ghetto ho mama!

  37. Ron Burgandy says: May 6, 2009 3:22 PM

    Glazer is a tool

  38. BSK says: May 6, 2009 3:29 PM

    Glazer’s a complete stiff, Favre is a god, Thompson is an idiot. Nice job taking a team from the NFC Championship game to below .500!

  39. jimicos says: May 6, 2009 3:31 PM

    Shamrock says:
    May 6th, 2009 at 2:25 pm
    Is someone running a counter on the number of Favre stories that Florio posts?
    ———————————–
    Obi Wan Kenobi: Use the search, Luke.

  40. jimicos says: May 6, 2009 3:37 PM

    k-new says:
    May 6th, 2009 at 2:50 pm
    …besides who is he going to throw to? Chicago needs to upgrade their receiver corps a bit.
    ————————————-
    Pot calling the kettle black.

  41. bummer says: May 6, 2009 4:05 PM

    Maybe Favre’s attitude reminds Childress of Donavan
    McNabb’s attitude during the last year he was in
    Philadelphia as offensive coordinator.

  42. eagles2009SBchamps says: May 6, 2009 4:07 PM

    We will find out whats up soon…
    Chilly is flying to mississippi tonight:
    http://blogs.startribune.com/vikingsblog/?p=2820
    well i sure as hell hope not. What the F is Florio going to do with the rest of this summer if he actually doesn’t have this to do?

  43. jameshpulse says: May 6, 2009 4:08 PM

    Glazer hates Favre , he has been out for him for awhile now…..

  44. Bud Grant says: May 6, 2009 4:15 PM

    Who gives a shit what the Packers or their fans think? When does a player or a team have to check with other teams or other teams’ fans before agreeing to a deal? If it mattered to Favre, he would have stayed retired last year. It sure doesn’t matter to the Vikings, who have had a rivalry with Green Bay almost from the start.

  45. jimicos says: May 6, 2009 4:15 PM

    TTCHEWSTHEWAD says:
    May 6th, 2009 at 3:06 pm
    Does anyone think BF gives a crap about the packer faithful? They are the ones that sided with teddy and mikey in kicking brett to the curb after taking them to the NFC Championship game. Yeah, they lost, yeah he threw an interception in 30 below wind chill, (maybe mikey shouldn’t of been practicing indoors for that game and the bears game, remember the one where they got their ass’es handed to ‘em?)
    Even fatso mikey said that if he wants to play he should. So my question is, you all kicked him to the curb and now you think you should have a say in whether he plays at all? Hypocritical morons, the lot!!!!!!!
    —————————————–
    Right, because the proper way to run any organization is to be held hostage by your most important team member and not know whether or not you need to replace him year after year..
    Brett’s the one who initiated this situation. HE tried to play GM by telling Thompson to bring in Mariucci and Randy Moss. HE retired. HE decided he’d come back after they’d already given the job to someone else. HE was not going to accept a bench position. HE played the whole thing out in the media.
    He’s got no reason to be pissed at Thompson. If he wants to feel slighted he can go ahead and be that way. But Thompson, McCarthy and the Packers organization put up with his indecisive flip-flopping for several years before his retirement. They were even ready to fly down to meet with him in March ’08 when he thought he might’ve retired too soon. They had to move on, and they’ve shown class by not responding to his digs in the media.
    As a Packer fan I’d love Brett to sign with Minnesota, come play in Green Bay and find out exactly what Packer fans think of him now. I’d love to see him fail. He’s purely motivated by this feeling of rejection.. And that’s no good reason to come back and play. Then again, what a slap in the face it would be if the Vikings turn him down. Wow. A team without a viable NFL QB (sorry, Sage) turns down the once-almighty Brett Favre. That would be the way to go out.

  46. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: May 6, 2009 4:24 PM

    afroviking says:
    Favre would look good in purple….i know this scenario would be hard on puckers fans but I HAVE BLAME THE PACKERS MANAGEMENT putting an UTIMATUM to Favre retirement..Therefore i would love Favre stick it to Genius Ted Thompson and the puckers coach while wearing Purple…..LMAO
    What was the ultimatum? The man retired after getting extended time in the offseason for 5 years in a row to make up his mind. Then he finally retired, said in April he had second thoughts and they were ready to welcome him back, then a few days later he says he wants to stay retired and they move on full speed ahead with Rodgers. Then he changes his mind once again a week before training camp. He is the one to blame, not Thompson. It’s hard enough replacing a legend, but it’s even harder when you know you need to throw all of your support towards the guy replacing the legend given the shoes they have to fill. Rodgers handled it as well as anyone could have in his position. The defense couldn’t hold onto their end of the bargain after being decimated by injuries.
    Any Viking fan would cream themselves for a QB to come in and throw for 4000yds 29 TD’s and only 12 picks their first season as a starter. Instead they’ve been forced to look on the scrap heap like they’ve always had to do with exception of drafting Culpepper.

  47. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: May 6, 2009 4:29 PM

    All lost in this Favre talk is that Childress couldn’t coach a Pro Bowl team to the Super Bowl. They backed into the playoffs last year as it was with 4-5 games determined by phantom calls by the refs and a missed field goal indoors at the dome against the Packers, even though they got a lucky break on the bogus safety call. They could have easily been 5-11, so how much better have they gotten in the offseason? What are they going to do when the Williams wall is suspended for 4 games?

  48. Packer Stockholder says: May 6, 2009 4:36 PM

    Can’t tell you how insanely hilarious it would be if the Vikes left the drama queen at the alter and did not sign him.
    This would again re-affirm the Packer organization’s decision to part ways with him.
    As a GM, you are better parting ways a touch early than a year or more too late. In Favre’s case, the timing was right for GB,,,because BF simply thought he was bigger than the team.

  49. bummer says: May 6, 2009 4:41 PM

    Maybe Favre’s attitude reminds Childress of McNabb who he
    dealt with during his last year in Philadelphia as offensive
    coordinator for Andy Reid.I remember reading that he
    did not want to go through that again.

  50. lito says: May 6, 2009 4:55 PM

    I am in favor of Bret Favre going to the Vikings. He will lead this team to its first Super Bowl win. Go Bret go!

  51. slococo says: May 6, 2009 5:04 PM

    TTCHEWSTHEWAD says:
    May 6th, 2009 at 3:08 pm
    slococo the fool, you guarentee a season ending injury? Hoping he gets hurt for wanting to play football? You sir are a fool and someone should slap your ghetto ho mama!
    Hey TTCHEWSTHEWAD, why you strung up so tight. You wearing your mama’s tight g-string again? All I’m saying is that if I were the Packers D I’d be going in extra hard on every sack and make sure to hit him on all 6 returned interceptions. They will be so motivated to play against him and will have nothing to lose where Favre has nothing to gain. Do I want him to get hurt, no, do I expect it, yes.

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