As the opening of his team’s training camp approaches, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre needs to eventually make a decision about whether he’ll play football in 2010. Unlike 2008 and 2009, he hasn’t retired. Thus, this year, no one believes he won’t be playing football.
But, as agent Bus Cook made clear recently in colorful and entertaining terms, Brett likes to have a little drama in his life. And so, before riding into Winter Park on a white steed to save once again the bacon of Brad Childress, Favre needs to make us all think he possibly won’t be playing.
It’s not surprising, then, that he has hinted in an interview with USA Today that, in the end, he may not play.
“After almost nine weeks, it’s not where I would like it to be, but I’m
working at it,” Favre said of his surgically-repaired ankle, via Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “Maybe it never gets to where I
want it to be. Forty years old . . . three surgeries . . . that’s all you need to
Well, no. What we need to know is whether Brett is going to play this year. And that’s what Chilly needs to know, given that Favre currently occupies a spot on the 80-man roster. Should he be placed on the PUP list or into some other category that would allow the team to take more than 79 players to camp? Should they accelerate Joe Webb’s development? Should they give Tommy Kramer or Fran Tarkenton a call?
“If I could guarantee it, I would,” Favre said of his possible return. “Obviously, I can’t make people understand what I’m going through.”
Favre also said that Childress didn’t provide a deadline for Favre’s return. Favre realizes that, as a practical matter, he needs to poop or get off the tractor. “There obviously comes a point where you’ve probably gone too far, where
you just have to move on,” Favre said. “He hopes I make the right decision for myself –
one way or the other.”
Our guess? Ed Werder will be reporting by the end of the month that Favre will give his ankle a few more weeks to improve but that he currently plans to retire. And then, once people actually being to believe that Favre actually may not play, Chilly will be playing the role of Al Cowlings once again, driving the Hall of Famer from the plane to the practice field.