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Vikings think Favre could play two more years

As we work through the well-guarded “list of crap to write about,” here’s a topic that came up during a very enjoyable visit with our good friend Boomer Esiason of WFAN on Friday morning.  (Or other good friend Craig Carton was under the weather.  On one hand, we wish him a quick recovery from an apparent case of laryngitis.  On the other hand, Craig Carton with laryngitis actually may not be a bad thing.)

The Vikings hold the second pick in the second round.  According to Steve Mariucci of NFL Network, Brett Favre remains undecided about returning for 2010.  Mariucci also reports that the ankle Favre injured during the NFC title game is still bothering him.  The uncertainty regarding Favre’s status — and the assumption that he’ll play only one more year at most — is causing many to assume that the Vikings will pick Jimmy Clausen or Colt McCoy with the 34th overall pick.

But here’s something to keep in mind.  We’re told that, despite Favre’s silence, the Vikings think he’ll play two more years.  If that’s the case, there’s no reason to begin grooming his replacement now.

The Vikings reportedly had hoped to land cornerback Patrick Robinson after sliding back four spots, a maneuver that the Saints disrupted by, you know, picking him.  And in the paper version of the New York Times that was hanging on the door of the hotel room across the hall from mine (Mrs. PFT told me to take it, since I’m already going to hell anyway), Greg Bishop writes that the Vikings had called cornerback Kyle Wilson, whom the Jets picked one spot ahead of Minnesota’s slot.

So don’t assume that the Vikings are looking for a quarterback.  Also, don’t be surprised if they deflect any further opportunities to trade down, if it’s true that they already have been burned once by gambling that the guy they wanted would still be on the board.

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44 Responses to “Vikings think Favre could play two more years”
  1. LionsFan-StopLaughing says: Apr 23, 2010 12:51 PM

    I don’t think he will make it two more years after getting crushed by Peppers, Matthews, and SUH! 6 games a year.

  2. BlueMooner says: Apr 23, 2010 12:53 PM

    Colt McCoy…..take it to the bank. I base that pick on nothing…just like the rest of these so called “ANALysts”

  3. Hauschild says: Apr 23, 2010 12:53 PM

    Really, based on Favre’s 2009 campaign, he could easily play 3 more years.
    I see absolutely no signs of decline.
    The “ankle” thing buys him an excuse to miss training camp.

  4. MuskyHunter2542 says: Apr 23, 2010 12:54 PM

    I can see it now,
    “Why do you even ponder passing?! Take a knee and try a 56-yard field goal! This is not Detroit Man! This is the Superbowl!”

  5. A.B. Heemoth says: Apr 23, 2010 12:55 PM

    Two years? When was this decided – 4:20 pm on Tuesday?

  6. Free_Tramopoline says: Apr 23, 2010 1:00 PM

    Do they still teach sentence structure and grammar in schools? Not that it’s relevant in any way here… .
    I was just wondering… .

  7. Contra says: Apr 23, 2010 1:00 PM

    But here’s something to keep in mind. We’re told that, despite Favre’s silence, the Vikings think he’ll play two more years. If that’s the case, there’s no reason to begin grooming his replacement now.
    ———-
    OK, who is your source? I am told many things about the Vikings however I dont cite them or report them because they are not credible. You are in sports journalism and you are presenting us with this nugget…SO…I ask again, who is your source? I only ask because its only right to know.

  8. Action Dan says: Apr 23, 2010 1:03 PM

    “We’re told that, despite Favre’s silence, the Vikings think he’ll play two more years. If that’s the case, there’s no reason to begin grooming his replacement now.”
    ======================================
    ?
    You wouldn’t want to let the rookie learn for 1-2 seasons before having to start?
    This is why you have never or will ever have a real football job.
    You’d be the guy responsible for damaging Alex Smith’s career, not the guy who let Rodgers sit and become a superstar.
    Idiot.

  9. Silent Ninja says: Apr 23, 2010 1:03 PM

    Oh boy… So now that the Tebow offseason saga is over you go crawling back to Favre eh?

  10. va4favre says: Apr 23, 2010 1:05 PM

    I have always thought that Brett has two years left in him, but obviously, not if there is a lockout. The Vikings draft record the past couple of years has been outstanding, so you have to assume that they know what they are doing.

  11. ItalianArmyGuy says: Apr 23, 2010 1:06 PM

    Awesome Seinfeld episode Florio

  12. norseman69 says: Apr 23, 2010 1:06 PM

    I have been a Vikings fan since 1969 and I luv Farve but if the Vikings skip Clausen they are stupid. You will hear that they have confidence in T-Jack… Give me a break, Brett is one sack from retirement, you need someone waiting to step in..

  13. hawksfan03 says: Apr 23, 2010 1:10 PM

    lionsfan – you do realize peppers only plays hard when he’s playing for a contract, right?

  14. Buschman says: Apr 23, 2010 1:13 PM

    The Vikes will wait and see what the Skins do. If they draft a QB, the Vikes will wait to snatch up McNabb as a FA next year.

  15. ClayMath52 says: Apr 23, 2010 1:14 PM

    Everyone else HOPES he can play two more years. Two more years of a Vikings team not advancing to a Super Bowl. Two more years before having to rebuild. I like it!!

  16. Halas` Heros says: Apr 23, 2010 1:14 PM

    I find this to be overly optimistic. Given Favre’s age and his struggles last year with opponents who put a lot of pressure on him, this year’s opponents (the AFC East, NFC East and the NFC North) provide a much more difficult schedule where Favre will have to remain healthy against many very good and aggressive defenses.
    Frankly, I believe teams will take the approach the Saints used last year; making it unlikely that Favre maintains his games started streak.
    I doubt he finishes the year.

  17. Jhines83 says: Apr 23, 2010 1:15 PM

    he wont be gettin “crushed” o-line will be great he’s got one more year in him 4 sure

  18. Occam says: Apr 23, 2010 1:17 PM

    Brett Favre was the subject of something that was told to somebody about what the Vikings think of him? Clearly just another ploy to keep his name in the news.

  19. FriarBob says: Apr 23, 2010 1:20 PM

    So I guess this means the Saints intercepted the Vikings at the last second… again!

  20. robert ethan says: Apr 23, 2010 1:23 PM

    We were out on the practice field early one morning, it was still a bit misty out, and we saw this old guy coming towards us slowly with a bit of a hitch in his walk. We thought maybe it was a hobo got into the stadium somehow, but the guy walked right toward us and you could see this strange light in his eye. He picked up the ball and no one said a thing. Then he looks at LeRon and says “you, run, that way” and points down the field. Well he didn’t have to tell him twice we were all really spooked by that time.
    LeRon takes off full speed. About 50 yards down the field he looks back in case the guy is chasing him. Guy cocks his arm, and Wham, this perfect tight spiral howitzer shot down the field. LeRon is running hard as he can, stretches full length, and “plop” into his fingertips. Real soft, like someone handing you a baby. Then the old bum says, “thanks, thanks a lot guys”, and limps off into the mist.
    We told Coach when he came out, and he just smiled. “Yeah, yeah, I hear that same story every year about this time, c’mon lets get to work.”.

  21. Skinsfan23 says: Apr 23, 2010 1:24 PM

    Well look how Arron Rogers turned out draft one of these guys to see how favre does it.

  22. joetoronto says: Apr 23, 2010 1:26 PM

    I agree, Mike. They should draft for today, not the future.
    They have a shot to win it all now, they can draft a QB next year.

  23. lebowski says: Apr 23, 2010 1:28 PM

    Hauschild is correct, the ankle thing is strictly so Chilly and Co. can deflect all questions about Favre skipping camp.
    Action Dan makes a great point too, Favre playing another year or two should have no bearing whatsoever on the Vikes taking a QB. Most of these guys are better off not thrown into the fire.

  24. netdawg says: Apr 23, 2010 1:30 PM

    …then they should have paid him for an extra 2yrs.
    Favre runs that franchise now, not the Viking front office. What the FO says has about as much merit to Favre as what Oprah’s opinion of what kind of husband I should be…
    …oh wait, I’m late for the Book Club gathering! My wife’s gonna be pissed!!!

  25. Ambrose says: Apr 23, 2010 1:30 PM

    This is a comment Brett made in early January following the 2005 season…
    Favre said he’s told Packers general manager Ted Thompson recently that if the team doesn’t want to wait for him to commit to either playing the 2006 season or retiring, then he should be “cut loose.”
    This was the beginning of the end of the annual drama with this guy. That is how long ago this stuff began. The Packers correctly and eventually called his bluff. He still was able to do what he wanted to do in the first place by fooling the Jets into thinking that he really was retiring “for good.” BS. He remains the most self-centered egomaniac playing the game. I hope he comes back and plays each and every week right up to the moment in time that somebody blindsides him, lays him out, and puts an end to his season…this year, next year, or the year after, I don’t care which or when. I would prefer that he not have a choice in retiring )for good.” It is about pride, honor, and respect…..all of which goes both ways, not just in the one-way direction of an “icon.” His failure in the clutch and in the humiliating face of his strong desire to succeed buys it back one year at a time. One down..two to go?

  26. MuskyHunter2542 says: Apr 23, 2010 1:31 PM

    norseman69 says:
    April 23, 2010 1:06 PM
    I have been a Vikings fan since 1969 and I luv Farve but if the Vikings skip Clausen they are stupid. You will hear that they have confidence in T-Jack… Give me a break, Brett is one sack from retirement, you need someone waiting to step in..
    Do you love Farve, or Favre?
    Doode you must be a real Viking fan, douschebag

  27. MuskyHunter2542 says: Apr 23, 2010 1:34 PM

    joetoronto says:
    April 23, 2010 1:26 PM
    I agree, Mike. They should draft for today, not the future.
    They have a shot to win it all now, they can draft a QB next year.
    Why do you even ponder passing?! Take a knee and try a 56-yard field goal! This is not Detroit Man! This is the Superbowl!

  28. CleanSlaton says: Apr 23, 2010 1:37 PM

    2 more years? man, those must be some Real. comfortable. jeans.
    I really hope Suh cuts that short.

  29. norseman69 says: Apr 23, 2010 1:41 PM

    McNabb is a D.A.N. he has never had a QB rating better than 85, so give me a break and if Chilly is so smart why doesn’t McNabb have a ring? he is another wonderlick of 10
    go for toughness and brains (i.e. Notre Dame)

  30. footballrulz says: Apr 23, 2010 1:47 PM

    @skinsfan
    Favre had nothing to do with how Rodgers turned out, with the possible exception of teaching him a terrible handoff technique.
    Favre don;t mentor. (Except for his receivers).

  31. ramsfan says: Apr 23, 2010 1:48 PM

    I am surprised no one sees what the Vikings are doing. Of course they want Jimmy Clausen. They also know there are other teams who want him who will try to trade up in front of them to the Rams pick to get him. So they are letting it be known that they think Favre will play two more years to make the other teams think they have no interest in taking a QB. Nice try, Vikes, but if it’s so obvious that I can see it, the other teams aren’t buying it either. You’ll have to live with Colt McCoy.

  32. onlineinsite says: Apr 23, 2010 1:48 PM

    I totally agree on Favre. As long as his arm strength and accuracy remain, he will want to play. I think 2 years is very realistic. The Vikings ‘brain trust’ has been one of the best in the draft over the past 4 years. They have a vision and stick to it. Personally, I think this QB class is WAY overrated. I don’t see the Vikes taking a QB this year. Instead, I could see them trading down and/or packaging a few of their nine remaining picks to position themselves to pick a QB in next year’s draft. With the signing of Lito at CB, they can use the remaining picks to load up on youth in the areas of need. The beauty is that they don’t have any glaring weakness or hole for this year. Drafting a QB this year (unless they honestly see Clausen or McCoy as an heir to Favre) is a wasted pick.

  33. norseman69 says: Apr 23, 2010 1:52 PM

    so musky oh wise one what player drafted with the 34th pick will get Minney into the superbowl? as you say over the top?
    your comments are about as strategic as doper from Canada..

  34. jebdamone says: Apr 23, 2010 2:00 PM

    i don’t like clausen at all, but still think that the vikings have to seriously consider picking him up if the rams don’t work a trade with the 33 pick. regardless of whether favre plays one or two more years, those would be quality years to groom his replacement rather then throwing a guy out there wet behind the ears. it took aaron rodgers three years, remember, and his first year as a starter he was definitely still working out the kinks.

  35. TryTheVeal says: Apr 23, 2010 2:04 PM

    Why the hell would he even consider not playing?..He’s making what 10-12 milion a year, has a fully licensed chauffeur as a head coach, a RB that fumbles so much his ill timed interceptions aren’t overblown, and a sellout pathetic fanbase that hasn’t tired of his drama queen act yet. Like a cockraoch, he will be around forever….

  36. Contra says: Apr 23, 2010 2:10 PM

    Ambrose says:
    April 23, 2010 1:30 PM
    This is a comment Brett made in early January following the 2005 season…
    Favre said he’s told Packers general manager Ted Thompson recently that if the team doesn’t want to wait for him to commit to either playing the 2006 season or retiring, then he should be “cut loose.”
    This was the beginning of the end of the annual drama with this guy. That is how long ago this stuff began. The Packers correctly and eventually called his bluff. He still was able to do what he wanted to do in the first place by fooling the Jets into thinking that he really was retiring “for good.” BS. He remains the most self-centered egomaniac playing the game. I hope he comes back and plays each and every week right up to the moment in time that somebody blindsides him, lays him out, and puts an end to his season…this year, next year, or the year after, I don’t care which or when. I would prefer that he not have a choice in retiring )for good.” It is about pride, honor, and respect…..all of which goes both ways, not just in the one-way direction of an “icon.” His failure in the clutch and in the humiliating face of his strong desire to succeed buys it back one year at a time. One down..two to go?
    ————
    Awwww there there, its ok. It still hurts that Brett left the Packers and is now playing for the Vikings huh? Keep chanting “Say it aint so!” in your head after all these years. pussy.

  37. Bjorno says: Apr 23, 2010 2:12 PM

    We’re told that, despite Favre’s silence, the Vikings think he’ll play two more years. If that’s the case, there’s no reason to begin grooming his replacement now.
    ======================================
    That is PRECISELY the reason to start grooming his replacement now.
    If history has told us anything, it’s that QB’s benefit from riding pine for at least a few years. Now is the time to address the QB situation regardless of how long Favre is going to play.
    He could sign a 7 year contract with a “no retirement” clause and I would still want to address the QB situation now.

  38. Other Bears says: Apr 23, 2010 2:12 PM

    It’s not about what the Vikings think. It’s about what Brett thinks. After game 1, Brett will be thinking twice about finishing the 2010 season, let alone going into a potential strike year in 2011.

  39. FreeAgentPro says: Apr 23, 2010 2:22 PM

    I say the Vikes should take Clausen and trade Jackson…if Farve likes Jackson, he sould have some trade value…maybe a 4th to Oakland?

  40. JimmySmith says: Apr 23, 2010 2:24 PM

    I hope BrINT Favre plays three more years, that basically guarantees the Vikings wouldn’t win anything for three more years and the Viking fans can continue to blame the refs, OT rules and AD fumbles.

  41. Hauschild says: Apr 23, 2010 2:31 PM

    I love how the envious and misinformed believe Brett won’t last another year. Ignorance certainly must be bliss, huh???
    Favre is, for all intents and purposes, unable to be beaten to the point of not starting his next game.
    Good Lord, you people are obtuse as hell. 19 years of evidence not enough? Brett plays smart and has a body perfectly suited to withstand the rigors of the NFL.
    Brett Favre is a perfect example of how an American male used to be built.

  42. MuskyHunter2542 says: Apr 23, 2010 2:46 PM

    Ambrose says:
    April 23, 2010 1:30 PM
    This is a comment Brett made in early January following the 2005 season…
    Favre said he’s told Packers general manager Ted Thompson recently that if the team doesn’t want to wait for him to commit to either playing the 2006 season or retiring, then he should be “cut loose.”
    This was the beginning of the end of the annual drama with this guy. That is how long ago this stuff began. The Packers correctly and eventually called his bluff. He still was able to do what he wanted to do in the first place by fooling the Jets into thinking that he really was retiring “for good.” BS. He remains the most self-centered egomaniac playing the game. I hope he comes back and plays each and every week right up to the moment in time that somebody blindsides him, lays him out, and puts an end to his season…this year, next year, or the year after, I don’t care which or when. I would prefer that he not have a choice in retiring )for good.” It is about pride, honor, and respect…..all of which goes both ways, not just in the one-way direction of an “icon.” His failure in the clutch and in the humiliating face of his strong desire to succeed buys it back one year at a time. One down..two to go?
    ————
    Awwww there there, its ok. It still hurts that Brett left the Packers and is now playing for the Vikings huh? Keep chanting “Say it aint so!” in your head after all these years. pussy.
    “Why do you even ponder passing?! Take a knee and try a 56-yard field goal! This is not Detroit Man! This is the Superbowl!”

  43. chickenragnarpartdeux says: Apr 23, 2010 2:46 PM

    ClayMath52 says:
    April 23, 2010 1:14 PM
    Everyone else HOPES he can play two more years. Two more years of a Vikings team not advancing to a Super Bowl. Two more years before having to rebuild. I like it!!
    ========================
    Yeah because none of their skill players or top defensive players are in the 23-28 yr old range.
    Cleo Matthews, you have no clue, why don’t you concentrate on not knowing anything about your own team? That way you only make yourself out to be an ass on a few threads instead of all of them.———————

  44. ChuckForeman44 says: Apr 23, 2010 2:47 PM

    The Vikings should be putting a package of picks together to trade with the Rams. We could give them our 2nd pick in the 2nd round and our first pick in the 5th round plus T-Joke for their 2nd round. Then we take Mays AND Clausen and would still have a pick in every round (except for the first that we traded out of). In my humble opinion, having those two players alone make it a successful draft….not to mention we get rid of T-Jack too!! He signed his tender on Monday, so hes fair game to trade away.

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