Brett Favre's return to play another season in the NFL is once again a hot question in the days leading to the NFL draft. No one knows the answer at this point, apparently not even Minnesota Viking head coach Brad Childress.
In an article posted on profootballtalk.com, Childress, is response to questioning, responded by saying that, even though he and Favre recently talked, the subject never came up. Childress even went so far as to say that he doubted Favre has even thought about it.
It does not surprise me this annual guessing game has come up for yet another off season. Favre announced his retirement at the end of the 2007 season, only to change his mind. Problem was, the Green Bay Packers were already set to move on without him.
This prompted a very ugly divorce and media war between Favre and the organization that gave rise to his Hall of Fame career. The Packers refused to back down to Favre and took a lot of heat from the situation from the Favre-faithful.
Favre then moved on to play the 2008 season for the Jets. After that season, he once again retired. That one, too, was short-lived, however. Once the Jets released all rights to Favre's contract, he then signed to play for the Packers' hated rival, the Vikings.
Favre resurrected his career again to have one of the best statistical seasons of his career with the Vikes while leading the team to the NFC Championship game against the New Orleans Saints.
Now, as preparations for the 2010 draft and season approach quickly, Favre is still playing his mind games. Will he retire? Will he return? Favre is still under contract for the 2010 season to Minnesota. Therefore, if he returns, he will be a Viking. Unless he doesn't. Unless the Vikings then decide to terminate his contract upon his retirement. Unless he then decides to play for someone else.
I've long said Favre's retirement games are not fair to his organization, as any team faced with the 'Favre situation' needs to be able to focus on a new quarterback, whether through free agency or the draft. The annual Favre Watch has become a mockery.
Surprisingly, on the PFT article, many comments have come in talking about how this situation is not fair to the Vikes. Of course, this should be treated as an assumed risk by the team as history told us this was exactly what Favre would do right about now.
So, to my friends in Minnesota, I have no sympathy for you on this one. You sold out to the devil on this one. Now, will the devil be your quarterback next season?
I doubt he's even thought about it.