Am I the only one not surprised?

Brett Favre is on the verge of signing a two-year deal with Minnesota, which sources say will be worth about $12 million in 2009 (and one would imagine roughly the same amount in the second year). We all know things are day-to-day (minute-to-minute?) with Favre, so who knows what 2010 will hold, but with a two-year contract at least the Vikings know they will hold his rights, no matter what machinations await next year.

As I blogged the day Favre last announced he was leaving the game, three weeks ago, this thing wasn’t over by a long shot. Once training camp was over, and the Vikings were away from remote locales and two-a-day practices, Favre could definitely be coming back. I figured it might be some time between September-November when he made his return, so the timing was expedited from what I originally suspected, but the ultimate outcome is the same.

The guy isn’t done with this game yet, and given the Vikings defense and run game, this should be his last great shot to go out with another ring on his finger. Once again, the other three quarterbacks on Minnesota’s roster had no inkling it was coming, and one of them will be elsewhere in a few weeks. But I began hearing rumblings last week that the Vikings were less than thrilled about their quarterback production, and there is no denying how badly Vikings coach Brad Childress wanted Favre.

I took a lot of heat in the comments and via email ( and twitter (@jasonlacanfora) when I wrote that I didn’t believe for a minute that Favre was done.  Here’s what I wrote at the time –

Overall, this is a great day for the league. One of it marquee players, and someone at the core of such varied feelings among fans, is back, one of it’s biggest draws is back and any red-blooded football fan is going to be interested to see how well Favre performs and where this saga goes.

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