Done for good this time? Favre officially files for retirement.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre walks off the field after te game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago on November 14, 2010. The Bears won 27-13. UPI/Brian Kersey

It appears as though Brett Favre is serious this time about hanging ‘em up for good.

According to a report by FOX Sports’ Alex Marvez, Favre filed retirement papers with the NFL and is set to walk away from the game for good. Of course, he also filed his retirement papers in February of 2009 and then managed to play two more seasons, so one never knows with him.

But the timing is right if he does officially retire. He proved in ‘09 that he could still play at an elite level, but he took a beating both on and off the field this past season. He once again dealt with an assortment of injuries and it’s clear that his 41-year-old body can’t withstand the punishment anymore. When you also factor in what has happened off the field, it’s probably best if Favre doesn’t pull another about-face and return next year.

For those who think Favre will always be remembered for the Jenn Sterger scandal, let me remind you that only the minority talk about Michael Jordan’s days as a Washington Wizard or discusses his rumored issues with gambling. People remember O.J. Simpson more for his off-field antics, but that’s because the man was caught up in a murder trial (and later for going to prison for attempted robbery).

People in Green Bay will never forget how he retired his way to Minnesota, but they’ll also forever be grateful for the many great moments he gave them while wearing a Packer helmet (which include a Super Bowl victory). He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer and while some believe he tarnished his legacy over these past couple of years, others will talk about his greatness on the field without ever mentioning the name Jenn Sterger or criticizing him for his offseason fickleness.

That said, I still won’t believe he’s officially retired until Week 1 of the 2011 season rolls around and he’s not in uniform. And even then…

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You think he’s gone? He’s not gone. He’s never gone!

Brett Favre has duped us before with his retirement talk, so why should we buy what he’s selling now? Lord Favre says 2010 will be his final season, but after spending a couple of months on his ranch next summer, he’ll get the itch to return. And some team will welcome him back. And the media will torture us with their 24-hour Favre watch. And the dreaded cycle of death will continue. So which lucky team will have No. 4 in uniform next season? While we wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Favre returning to the Vikings for one more year now that Brad Childress is gone, that’s not a very fun projection. Thus, what about Da Raaaaaaaiders? Huh? Can you see it now? Lord Favre and Al Davis at the podium holding up their pointer fingers and saying, “Just win baby.” No? Ah, you’re no fun.

Carmelo will be a Knickerbocker next year.

Book ‘em, Danno. The writing is on the wall. He hasn’t signed the three-year extension that the Nuggets offered last summer and has reportedly decided that the only team he’ll agree to be traded to is the New York Knicks. This means that if the Nuggets are hoping to get something substantial for him, they’ll have to move him before the February trade deadline. Since there appears to be only one team in the running, the deal isn’t going to be very good. We wouldn’t want to be Nugget fans right now — the rebuilding process is about to begin.
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Brett Favre leaves door open for return

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 20: Quarterback Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings warms up before the Vikings game against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium on December 20, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

After he was concussed in the Vikings’ embarrassing 40-14 loss to the Bears on Monday night, Brett Favre told reporters after the game that he was “definitely done” and that “I’m not coming back – you can print it.”

Nah, just kidding. He left the door wide open for his return. writes that when he was asked by a reporter post-game if he would play again, Lord Favre responded: “Based on my decision making I probably shouldn’t tell you one way or the other right now.”

Good call, Brett.

Favre started against the Bears but couldn’t finish after he was sacked in the second quarter and hit his head on the frozen patch of ice that was the TCF Bank Stadium playing surface. He didn’t return.

If it’s a mild concussion he could probably sit out this Sunday against the Eagles and then play at Detroit in Week 17. Then again, he may want to just ride out the next two weeks on the sidelines because the Eagles blitz every down and Lions’ rookie Ndamukong Suh is literally trying to murder quarterbacks. No sense for Brett to go out in a body bag if this is it for him.

Then again, this probably isn’t his swansong, is it? He’s going to mull over retirement for the next few months only to come back as an Oakland Raider or something. You think he’s gone? He’s not gone. He’s never gone!

Just win baby.

Brett Favre: “I’m done.”

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 28: Brett Favre  of the Minnesota Vikings against the Washington Redskins at FedExField November 28, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Vikings won the game 17-13. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Brett Favre reiterated on Wednesday that this will be his final season.

“I’m done, I’m done,” he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Uh, huh.

John Paulsen asked me if I thought Lord Favre meant what he said. My response? I think he means it………………right now.

Favre has had a tough year but we’ve been through this all before. He said at the beginning of the season that this would be his last, but he’s complemented retirement before only to return the following year. He even held a press conference with the Packers saying that he was retired and then – surprise! – he changed his mind and wound up in a New York Jets uniform.

Favre needs the spotlight, although even I have to admit that after this Jenn Sterger debacle he may mean it this time. His play has also fallen off a cliff and unless he puts up MVP-like numbers over these last five weeks, it’s doubtful that he’ll convince himself that he still has it and return for another year.

That said, his word means nothing when it comes to retirement. Until he files the paperwork and is nowhere near a NFL stadium for the opener of 2011, I don’t believe a word that comes out of his mouth.

Report: Brett Favre tells teammates that he’s returning

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

While it hasn’t come out of his mouth directly, Jay Glazer of writes that Brett Favre told teammates Steve Hutchinson, Jared Allen and Ryan Longwell that he will play this season.

Favre informed the trio Tuesday that he is, in fact, back in and will rejoin the Vikings, has learned.

In addition, Favre is on the plane with the players and is heading back to Minneapolis. However, while signs point to Favre coming back, neither he nor his agent have informed the team that he’s returning. And with Favre, another change of heart is certainly not out of the question.

Does anyone else feel that this situation has gone from absurd to just flat out weird? The Vikings are in the midst of preparing for the regular season and Brad Childress thought it would be a good idea to send his top guard, his top pass-rusher and a kicker to woo Favre at his home in Mississippi? All right.

Although hey, assuming Favre is in route to Minnesota then I guess the move worked. It makes the situation no less ridiculous, lame and corny, but as long as Favre is back under center this year then nobody in Minnesota is going to care what it took to get him back.

Hopefully this year’s saga is finally over.

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