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PFTV looks at whether Favre signing is the biggest one-year gamble ever

When the Minnesota Vikings gave a $12 million salary to a soon-to-be-40-year-old quarterback who when he skips a couple days of shaving looks a lot older than that, the move represented a dramatic attempt to push a one-and-done playoff team all the way to Miami.

It might just be the biggest one-year gamble that any NFL team ever has made.

PFTV ponders that issue.  If you can think of any others, sound off in the comments.

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27 Responses to “PFTV looks at whether Favre signing is the biggest one-year gamble ever”
  1. WhySoSerious says: Aug 24, 2009 7:37 AM

    I believe the Vikings have already made 5 or 6 million bucks off of Favre thus far VIA Favre jersey’s and the number of tickets sold since Favre’s signing. From a sports fan point of view this has to be in the top 3 biggest “one year gambles”. From an owners point of view, Zygi is whisling dixy all the way to the bank.

  2. purple haze harvin says: Aug 24, 2009 7:40 AM

    Yah, the Herchel Walker trade was huge, but this is bigger!

  3. Zatko says: Aug 24, 2009 7:47 AM

    Two words… Herschel Walker.
    The Minnesota Vikings traded away a decade of chances for one guy and one hope… 18 players and/or draft picks were involved…
    Minnesota Vikings Received
    RB Herschel Walker
    Dallas’s 3rd round pick – 1990 (54) (Mike Jones)
    San Diego’s 5th round pick – 1990 (116) (Reggie Thornton)
    Dallas’s 10th round pick – 1990 (249) (Pat Newman)
    Dallas’s 3rd round pick – 1991 (68) (Jake Reed)
    [edit] Dallas Cowboys Received
    LB Jesse Solomon
    LB David Howard
    CB Issiac Holt
    RB Darrin Nelson (traded to San Diego after he refused to report to Dallas)
    DE Alex Stewart
    Minnesota’s 1st round pick in 1990 (21) (traded this pick along with pick (81) for pick (17) from Pittsburgh to draft Emmitt Smith)
    Minnesota’s 2nd round pick in 1990 (47) (Alexander Wright)
    Minnesota’s 6th round pick in 1990 (158) (traded to New Orleans, who drafted James Williams)
    Minnesota’s 1st round pick in 1991 (conditional) – (12) (Alvin Harper)
    Minnesota’s 2nd round pick in 1991 (conditional) – (38) (Dixon Edwards)
    Minnesota’s 2nd round pick in 1992 (conditional) – (37) (Darren Woodson)
    Minnesota’s 3rd round pick in 1992 (conditional) – (71) (traded to New England, who drafted Kevin Turner)
    Minnesota’s 1st round pick in 1993 (conditional) – (13) (traded to Philadelphia Eagles, and then to the Houston Oilers, who drafted Brad Hopkins)
    This was a one year gamble because it would be known in the first year if this north/south power runner would make the difference in this east/west touch pass offense.
    As we all know… it did not help. The Vikings paid the price for this trade… for a generation of football and cut Walker just two seasons later. A few later the Vikings tried a similar “one piece” deal trading for Warren Moon… well that didn’t work either. It did give them time to develop Culpepper and that nearly took them to the promise land a couple seasons in a row.
    Moral of the story?

  4. MikeTheMiamiFan says: Aug 24, 2009 7:50 AM

    How’d that gamble work out last year? I expect just about the same result.

  5. AvoidLLOYD says: Aug 24, 2009 8:09 AM

    Doug Johnson is not impressed!

  6. gopher says: Aug 24, 2009 8:10 AM

    This no gamble it is a business decision. Farve
    is better then TJ and Sage regardless how old he is but the Vikings needed to sell tickets and push to get a new stadium and so it was a smart business decision. They have sold over 3500 season tickets and 10,000 single game tickets since the signing.

  7. tv says: Aug 24, 2009 8:50 AM

    How about trading an entire draft for Ricky Williams – who got hurt early in his rookie year?
    Thanks Ditka – you screwed the Saints for many years with that boneheaded gamble.

  8. Ambrose says: Aug 24, 2009 8:51 AM

    This is a two-sided gamble. The Vikes knew that Favre could do no worse than the guys they have, so why not take a chance. If it doesn’t work out, they still have the same two guys they were preparing to do battle with. The bigger picture is ticket sales, jersey sales, and the prospect for a new stadium if Brett can actually deliver. But, if it all goes down the drain with shattered expectations, injuries, derisiveness, late season fade, etc., it will cost Chilly his job and maybe Minneapolis a team. That is the bigger gamble.

  9. VikingsFan23 says: Aug 24, 2009 9:08 AM

    To Zatko -
    OK, great, you can cut and paste from Wikipedia.
    But, did you really not know that Culpepper didn’t come to the team until 1999 – two full seasons and change after Warren Moon took his last snap in Minnesota? The QB the Warren Moon signing gave them time to develop was Brad Johnson.
    And, the Warren Moon trade wasn’t an all in deal – they only gave up a fourth rounder for him.
    Also, the Vikings recovered pretty well from the Herschel Trade. Despite trading those picks, they won at least three divisional crowns during the decade (in a 5 team division), made the playoffs 7 out of the ten years, and were a solid team throughout the decade.
    Anyway, this deal doesn’t compare to the Walker deal because the Vikings aren’t actually giving anything up here, except time and snaps which could be spent developing TJ or Sage. However, I have to think if Childress thought either of those guys were capable of winning a Super Bowl, Favre wouldn’t be in Minnesota today.

  10. T. says: Aug 24, 2009 9:25 AM

    How about some internet hack/washed-up labor lawyer getting bankrolled by NBC? I’d call that a very serious gamble that is pretty much guaranteed to fail, too.

  11. Alpheratz says: Aug 24, 2009 10:21 AM

    It’s a shame the guy chooses to look like a dirtbag.
    It does show consistency, though. Never mind.

  12. purpleguy says: Aug 24, 2009 10:45 AM

    Gotta admit, he looked wierd as hell in purple on Friday. Who knows whether this will work or not. At least two things are certain: (1) it’s not a financial gamble at all as the Vikes will make a ton of dough off him; and (2) the Vike season will be interesting as hell regardless of the outcome.

  13. danlinker says: Aug 24, 2009 10:53 AM

    Just another article to get “hits”. Last favre article I comment on as a result. It’s getting old with Florio playing for hits.

  14. BobbyBob says: Aug 24, 2009 11:03 AM

    Same result as last year when Jets were a QB away from SB. Not as close as vikings, but people still said that.

  15. lebowski says: Aug 24, 2009 11:05 AM

    All the Vikes gave up was money, which they had. And they’re making it back in ticket and merchandise sales. No lose situation for the owner, but Childress better watch his ass. He has relinquished all control to a player who will take advantage of that. He looked like a fool acting as chauffeur. But he has often looked like a fool.

  16. jimicos says: Aug 24, 2009 11:16 AM

    tv says:
    August 24, 2009 8:50 AM
    How about trading an entire draft for Ricky Williams – who got hurt early in his rookie year?
    Thanks Ditka – you screwed the Saints for many years with that boneheaded gamble.
    —————————
    This brings up a good point.. What is it that makes a huge gamble? The price paid or the degree to which the player is a known entity?
    In regards to Ditka’s trade for Ricky Williams, he correctly assessed Williams’ potential. The facts that (1) Williams didn’t reach his full potential while employed by the Saints and (2) Williams couldn’t stay away from the weed don’t help Ditka’s case.. But had the Saints been able to keep Ricky on the straight and narrow path, who knows what his career would’ve been. As it stands, it’s hard to blame Ditka for Williams’ performance with the Saints because he wasn’t around for the majority of it.
    Anyway, back on topic. The big risk in this Favre “gamble” lies with Childress. There’s no more excuses for him if/when they fail to reach their goals. And if they fail, it wastes one more year of Pat Williams’ career. Personally, I think his presence is a big piece of their defensive puzzle.
    And it also delays the Vikings from addressing their long-term solution at QB. Each of the other teams in the division has found a QB they plan to stick with for many years to come. Maybe Rosenfels will eventually be that guy for the Vikings, but he’s already 31. And unless Favre gets injured or benched, they won’t know what they have in Rosenfels going into the offseason next year.

  17. jimicos says: Aug 24, 2009 11:17 AM

    No man looks good in purple. No one.

  18. Peoria Viking says: Aug 24, 2009 11:26 AM

    Looking at this strictly from a player personell perspective, it’s not a “gamble” at all. They signed a free agent and gave up a roster spot on a 53 man squad. That’s it. Who else would they have signed this year with the 12 million they wouldn’t have spent on Favre? Answer: no one. It’s addition without subtraction.

  19. jjared1101 says: Aug 24, 2009 11:44 AM

    I fail to see how this is a gamble at all. The concern Florio expresses in the video is about his injury. So let me get this straight… if Favre gets injured, then the Vikings are forced to go with T-Jack or Sage. You know… the exact situation they are in had they not signed Favre.
    They’ve already sold a ton of tickets and merchandise, and Childress has nothing to lose because he’s out if they don’t make the playoffs anyways.
    Gamble? … I see it as more of a no-brainer/easy decision.

  20. Vikingsnut says: Aug 24, 2009 12:10 PM

    The Walker trade and Favre cannot be compared at all!! Not to mention this is the era of the salary cap when a small market teams no longer need to mortgage away the future to compete with a big market teams like Dallas.
    Well unless your the Bears and trade too many picks for Cutler. Favre is not being paid to carry the offense especially since he has AP and Chester Taylor. His leadership and confidence that he brings the offense will be worth it alone especially in 2 minute drills and clock management. Favre is a proven leader, off field issues and quarterbacks like Vick are gambles!

  21. stuntman says: Aug 24, 2009 12:37 PM

    PFT is the epitome of the downfall of journalism. If I had known back in 8th grade that I was already 3 grade levels ahead of the writing style and cognitive thought that is conveyed on websites (like PFT) today, I would’ve stuck with it.
    How these jag-offs get away with writing like pre-teen texter is beyond me.
    I’m just waiting for this headline:
    “Favre is a geezer ROTFLMAO! BTW he throws lots and lots of picks LOL. FYI we at PFT are smart JSYK.”

  22. allday1005 says: Aug 24, 2009 12:59 PM

    What is everyone talking about comparing this to the Walker or Ricky Williams trades. It isn’t even a similar situation. The Vikings signed Favre and gave him money that we had available under the cap. We didn’t give one player away in that deal. All it did was make the Wilf’s pockets a little lighter. So what gamble is there?

  23. JimmySmith says: Aug 24, 2009 2:41 PM

    The fact that the Biqueen fans bought all those tickets because they signed a player Green Bay no longer wanted is laughable. In the NFL telecast of the Viking-Chiefs game, they were talking about going to the Superbowl like it was a given.
    Ask the Jets how its going to turn out. Favre has been a terrible playoff QB and is steadily getting worse as the years roll by. This is a train wreck just waiting to happen and it will come as a surprise to only the Viking fans.

  24. Philtration says: Aug 24, 2009 2:59 PM

    His wife… his kids….. somebody needs to tell this guy to throw away that smelly urine soaked cap.
    It is bad enough that he talks like a drunken homeless person.
    Why dress like one too?

  25. Beer Cheese Soup says: Aug 24, 2009 3:54 PM

    From a financial standpoint, it’s not a gamble at all. MN residents are mindless sheep, just look at the people they elect.. Of course they’re gonna swarm the town when someone like Favre or Longwell, who beat their ass for years, arrives.. Nevermind that Favre isn’t who he was when he beat them, or even close, they’re all over that bandwagon the second they see it.
    From a winning standpoint, it’s a gamble, and not a good one. When were the Vikings ever interested in winning consistently though?
    Good move for Wilf, the financial benefits of this signing speak for themselves. Bad move for Chilly and the fans, as they’ll soon learn.

  26. longrodvanhungendong says: Aug 24, 2009 3:56 PM

    If it’s just one year, is it really that much of a gamble? Especially considering the money the organization is making pimping Favre. The 1st round pick in the draft (especially QB) and hiring a head coach that has never even been a coordinator (which can be one year) are the biggest gambles in the league.

  27. Bigskyvikes says: Aug 24, 2009 9:47 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    August 24, 2009 2:41 PM
    The fact that the Biqueen fans bought all those tickets because they signed a player Green Bay no longer wanted is laughable. In the NFL telecast of the Viking-Chiefs game, they were talking about going to the Superbowl like it was a given.
    Ask the Jets how its going to turn out. Favre has been a terrible playoff QB and is steadily getting worse as the years roll by. This is a train wreck just waiting to happen and it will come as a surprise to only the Viking fans.
    Listen anti-Viking IDIOT!
    Look in the history of the Jets including Namath, who has scored the most points at the QB position. (FAVRE) If Favre didnt get hurt on his 8-3 run he may have done the Jets for just what they wanted. Now think of what the jets had than, compared to what the Vikings have now! If Favre doesnt get hurt, all you jealous bastards no the outcome, PROMISE LAND FOR VIKINGS!!
    We will see who will get the last laugh, mark this down…………

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