Will Vikings Be Held Hostage By Favre's Offseason Decision?
When asked about whether he plans to return to Minnesota next season, Favre said he'll have to take some time to decide. That makes sense as it's a momentous decision, but we've also seen in the past that if Favre declares in April that he's retired, there is no guarantee he won't change his mind come mid-August.The Vikings have seen that their success depends in large part on Favre saying yes (or being able to swing a trade for someone like Donovan McNabb if Favre says he's done). At this point it's nearly impossible for the Vikings to head into 2010 counting on Sage Rosenfels/Tarvaris Jackson.
But there may be a way to make Favre's decision easier. He orchestrated his retirement/return last year to ensure he could skip out of training camp. By all accounts Favre still loves to play the games, but he doesn't want to be around for two-a-days. If it brings Favre back, the Vikings could just go ahead and excuse Favre from training camp and let him show up once camp breaks.
As Favre showed this season, it's not like he needs the extra work (he picked up the offense in no time last year). And while it's a double standard that may rub some of Favre's teammates wrong, that's no different than what they had to deal with last August. Pass a rule that any player over the age of 40 is excused from training camp if you need to, but at this point it's worth giving Favre the latitude to try to entice him to come back for another season.
By giving Favre an easier way to say yes to another season it would also keep Minnesota out of an offseason of limbo where they don't know whether their star quarterback is in or out. And if it doesn't work, at least Minnesota knows that it did everything possible to try to keep their QB.