Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that, if there’s a contract between the Vikings and quarterback Brett Favre, it has yet to be filed with the NFL Players Association.
And, obviously, if it were, we all would have already known about it.
Per Zulgad, an NFL spokesman declined to comment on whether a
contract has been sent to the league office, but the spokesman also
said there would be no reason to keep the development quiet if it had
We explained this specific portion of the situation earlier this
week. Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams are required to
send all contracts to the NFL Management Council within two days,
and the Management Council then must send the contracts to the NFL
Players Association. However, the language of the Standard Player
Contract, which is an appendix to the CBA, requires that the documents
be submitted to the Commissioner within 10 days.
There’s an easy way around these details, as we also pointed out earlier in the week.
The team and the player can postdate the contract.
That said, it’s possible that an agreement in principle has been reached, and that the document simply hasn’t been signed.
We continue to believe that an announcement regarding the
transaction will be made next week, after coach Brad Childress returns
from vacation. Our best guess as to the date on which the news would
be be leaked is Friday, July 3. Then, the formal announcement with the
press conference would occur on Monday, July 6.
And, coincidentally, Vikings single-game tickets go on sale Thursday, July 9.