When the Jets released QB Brett Favre last week, leaving him free to sign with any team, rumors of the 18-year NFL veteran possibly coming out of retirement yet again surfaced, with the Vikings the most mentioned suitors. There was even talk that Favre had hired a personal trainer to stay in shape for a comeback, per the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
And over the weekend, Vikings coach Brad Childress didn’t rule out the team pursuing Favre, telling the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “We talk about everything. So, yeah, I’m sure we’ll talk about that.”
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf wasn’t chatty when asked about Favre, telling the Pioneer Press “I have no comment” before again saying “no comment” when asked a follow-up question.
Should Favre come back? Let the debate begin.
NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan wrote that the move might make sense for the Vikings. That is, if Favre is willing to reel it in a bit.
NFL.com’s Vic Carucci chimed in on the subject during a live chat, saying Favre’s return certainly is possible. But Carucci went on to say: “The man has had a great career. It’s long overdue for him to just allow that wonderful legacy to stand on its own — in a Packer uniform!”
Bears general manager Jerry Angelo and coach Lovie Smith talked to the Chicago Sun-Times about another possible Favre return. Angelo said he wouldn’t be surprised if the probable Hall of Famer came back:
- ”He says he wants to stay retired, and I hope that is what he does. We have great memories of him. We wish him well. … When you’re a player of his caliber, I don’t know if it ever goes away. I don’t know what to expect. I don’t think anybody does. But everyone in the back of their heads thinks (he’ll sign with the Vikings). That’s a possibility. It’s fun. He’s such an icon in our game.”
Smith said another Favre return could be a good thing for the NFL:
- ”I’m on record as being a Brett Favre fan,” Smith said. ”He’s a great player. So I assume if he is available, teams will try to get him. It’s good for our league if players like that are still playing in our league.”
However, the Jets aren’t expecting Favre to come out of retirement, according to Newsday:
- There is a feeling within the organization that he will not return to the NFL, and that his next step will be to sign a one-day contract with the Packers and announce his retirement. When that happens is anyone’s guess, and the Jets don’t completely discount a potential comeback. They simply believe it is unlikely.