Childress has no immediate plans to visit Favre

Vikings coach Brad Childress, right, has not spoken to Brett Favre directly, but continues to communicate with him via text. (Rex Arbogast / Associated Press)

I was able to catch up with Vikings coach Brad Childress for a short time at the NFL Annual Meeting on Sunday. Childress said he has not had any recent conversations with QB Brett Favre, though they are continuing to exchange texts.

Childress did not rule out paying another visit to Favre at some point, “but not in the near future.”

There is a sense of optimism within the organization that Favre will return for the 2010 season. Childress says he suspects Favre is enjoying some downtime right now away from the game.

The Vikings continue to have internal discussions about adding a running back to replace the departed Chester Taylor, Childress said. The team had hoped to sign RB LaDainian Tomlinson to fill that role, but he chose the Jets instead. With Tomlinson unavailable, there isn’t a free agent who has commanded their extensive attention.

“We’re continuing turning over those rocks, if you will,” Childress said, “but nothing is jumping to the forefront.”

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