Does Favre still want to play for the Vikings?

Dennis Dillon of Sporting News.com is pondering that very question:

Brett FavrePardon me for being skeptical, but I can’t help wondering if there’s a hidden agenda here. Is Favre, 39, really hanging it up this time? Or is he clearing a path for a return with another team — like, for instance, the Vikings?

In a sense, Favre has had a symmetrical football career. He played 16 years in Green Bay, sandwiched between a beginning bookend year in Atlanta and a finishing bookend year in New York.
What does he have left to accomplish?

He is a three-time NFL most valuable player. He went to two Super Bowls and won one. He owns numerous NFL passing records, and he certainly will be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

But somehow, I can’t help but think we haven’t seen the last of Brett Favre. I get the feeling he’s not ready to close the book on his football career. Don’t be surprised if he comes back for a 19th season.
After all, there’s no limit on the number of times he can retire.

I truly believe Favre just likes new challenges at this point in his career. He was done with the Green Bay thing, so he tried the Big Apple. That wasn’t entirely to his liking and for some strange reason there seems to be a notion that he has a desire to play in Minnesota. Maybe he has some strange hard on for walking into Lambeau Field as a member of another team just to see how Packer fans would react. Or maybe he wants to see a fan base like Minnesota cheer him after years of despising him.

Whatever his reason, I’m with Dillion – something tells me Favre isn’t done.

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Brett Favre tells Jets he’s retiring

According to ESPN.com’s Chris Mortensen, Brett Favre has instructed his agent Bus Cook to notify the Jets that he is retiring.

In an e-mail to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Favre indicated he had no regrets about finishing his career with the Jets rather than with the Green Bay Packers franchise he represented for his previous 16 NFL seasons. He specifically praised Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, team owner Woody Johnson and fired coach Eric Mangini — and even mentioned Thomas Jones and Kerry Rhodes, both of whom were publicly critical of Favre after the team’s collapse in the final month of the season prevented the Jets from making the playoffs.

While Favre did not directly broach the subject of the team simply releasing him so that he might have the option of signing with another team such as the Minnesota Vikings, a source said that Cook informally discussed the option with the Jets. The Jets respectfully declined that option, the source said.

The retirement decision should not have surprised the Jets even though the team had publicly encouraged Favre to play another season. Favre informed Tannenbaum before the Super Bowl that he was leaning toward retirement. At some point within the past week, Favre told Cook to inform the Jets that he wanted to retire without fanfare and that the team could make the decision public at its convenience.

I hate to sound like a pessimist, but we’ve all been down this road before. In fact, we went down this road last year only to have Favre pull an about face and say he wanted to play again. Maybe he does want to officially hang it up with the amount of pain he had to play with at the end of the season last year. Or maybe this is his way of sneaking out the backdoor only to return again in a couple of months.

Nobody knows what’s going through his mind right now. If he is done, hey, it’s been one of the best rides for Packer and football fans alike and Brett was one of the best. He gave a lot of people a lot of great memories, but let’s hold off for the next couple months and see how this situation plays out before assuming he is officially retiring.

Here we go again: Brett Favre hints at retirement

Hurry up and get in line – the Brett Favre retirement talk merry-go-round is ready to kick off again.

Brett FavreFavre said he’ll meet with general manager Mike Tannenbaum and coach Eric Mangini soon after the season because he doesn’t want things to drag on and get ugly, as they did last season in Green Bay.
Favre talked about how he has had a great career and he’s not going to chase ghosts, meaning another shot at the Super Bowl.

And, Favre dropped a bombshell, revealing that his shoulder doesn’t feel quite right and he’s looking forward to his exit physical and an MRI to find out if there’s any damage.

Though Favre said it’s premature to talk about retirement, he sounded as if he can’t wait to get back to his hometown of Hattiesburg, Miss., and go hunting. But first, the Jets (9-6) meet the Dolphins (10-5) on Sunday in an AFC East clash with playoff implications for both teams.

If the Jets win, they could win the AFC East if the Patriots lose to Buffalo or earn a wild-card berth if the Ravens lose to Jacksonville.

“This very well could be my last game,” Favre said Wednesday. “I’m aware of that. I’d like to make it a memorable one. .¤.¤. It’s been a great career. This year was a gamble, a risk, whatever you want to call it. It’s been good and bad times as far as our season has gone, but I’m glad I came. I made the right decision.

“It’s been fun fighting with these guys. Whatever happens after this happens. Mike and I and I’m sure Eric, we may talk about (plans) this week, just more or less set a time, if we’re not in the playoffs, talk about it the first part of next week.

“I don’t want to go through what happened last year, for me and for everyone else. And physically, that has something to do with it as well.

This is the same thing he’s been saying for years – he loves the game, but doesn’t know if he can physically play anymore and therefore he’s leaning towards retirement. Then he’ll proceed to change his mind 900 times and eventually come back.

Or maybe this is it for Brett. I don’t know. Nobody knows – not even him. The guy lives and breathes football and if he can physically play, then he should. It’s his decision, although he needs to make one quickly this time around. If the Jets miss the playoffs, there might be major turnover within the organization and it’s only fair to them for Brett to make a quick decision so they can figure out which direction they want to go in.

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