â†µI tried to keep TSB a Brett Favre-free zone until the absolute last moment I could, and today looks like that day. Despite all the back-and-forth, all the campouts by Rachel Nichols in Hattiesburg and all the posturing by Vikings players and coaches, Favre is reportedly either on his way to or already in Minnesota so he can sign a deal to join the Vikings. This according to WCCO, which is using a "high-level source with the Minnesota Vikings" for its story. ESPN is reporting that the quarterback will sign for $10-12 million. â†µâ†µ
â†µWhat's perhaps most galling of all -- and should be the least surprising -- is that Favre couldn't even be straight about this whole situation within the last month. From SI.com: â†µ
â†µâ‡¥"I really believe this is it. I truly, truly believe it's over. But if someone calls Nov. 1, who knows?'' â†µâ†µ
â†µWell, we didn't even have to wait until Nov. 1. No, we're sitting here at Aug. 18, not even a full month after that article was published on July 28. Chris Mortensen reports the deal has been done for essentially two months, but everyone has been waiting for Favre to say he's ready. How will that "whenever you're ready!" approach to Favre effect the locker room in Minnesota? â†µâ†µ
â†µFurthermore, how long will it take for Vikings players to see through this "indecision" for what it really was? The guy is going to be 40 in October and it's not being overly presumptive to say he probably wanted no part of the traditional NFL training camp experience. Maybe some of the younger guys won't get that, but do you think vets like Jared Allen are stupid (funny hats not withstanding) and won't see that? Will they respect a guy like that? â†µâ†µ
â†µLocker room politics aside, does anyone really think Favre will elevate the Vikings to NFC favorites? How about even the NFC North? Let me give you a quick reminder on how Favre finished the season: The Jets went 1-4. Favre had two TDs and nine picks in those games. He topped a 60-percent completion percentage in just one of those five games. â†µâ†µ
â†µFavre's legacy was probably going to survive his one-year stint with the Jets, but this offseason is one that much of his base in Green Bay -- and NFL fans at large -- won't let go of for years, if ever. â†µâ†µ
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