Those hoping to know Brett Favre‘s decision about playing for the Vikings this season might have to wait longer than expected.
According to a source close to the situation, Vikings coach Brad Childress has put “no pressure” on the retired quarterback to make a decision by the start of the first training-camp practice Friday. It has been Favre’s desire to make his decision before Vikings players report in Mankato, Minn., on Thursday, but he has vacillated in recent days after saying he would make up his mind before camp starts.
According to the source, Favre is still determining if he wants to give 100 percent to play in his 19th NFL season.
“Sometimes the answer is yes, but it needs to be yes all the time,” the source said.
Vikings players and coaches have lobbied Favre to play in Minnesota, and some of the quarterback’s NFL confidants also have encouraged him to play as long as he can.
But the decision is ultimately Favre’s, and so is the timetable. According to the source, if Favre doesn’t announce his decision before the Vikings start training camp, it isn’t a deal-breaker.
– Scott Hanson