Report: Brett Favre Tells Vikings He's Not Coming Back
Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Favre began telling Vikings officials on Monday night that he won't play for the team this year. Favre apparently doesn't think his surgically repaired ankle is sufficiently healthy to play this season.
Favre has also started to tell teammates he would be retiring, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported. But sources close to the situation also told Glazer that the Vikings are prepared to offer Favre more money and more time to reconsider his decision.
Favre is expected to issue a statement on Tuesday.
If Favre doesn't come back, that would be a huge blow to the Vikings, who were among the favorites in the NFC and were counting on Favre to lead them in 2010 as he did in 2009. But it's important to remember that there's still more than a month until the start of the season, which gives Favre plenty of time to change his mind. Maybe several times.
For now, however, Vikings fans shouldn't be optimistic that they'll see Favre in purple in 2010.
Vikings coach Brad Childress, however, spoke briefly to reporters after the team's Tuesday morning practice and said he hasn't spoken to Favre in the last 24 hours and has no reason to believe that Favre has made a final decision one way or another.
"We're day to day right here," Childress said hours after the report that Favre planned to retire first surfaced. "Everything's fluid ... This is a very fluid situation."
Childress said he feels good about his team's quarterback situation, whether Favre starts for the Vikings or Tarvaris Jackson takes over as the No. 1 quarterback. And he said he won't pressure Favre to play on his team.
"I feel great about it," Childress said. "I'm not pressing him."
Asked how soon he needs a final decision from Favre, Childress refused to give a deadline. The Vikings open the regular season on Sept. 9 in New Orleans against the Saints.
"It's not going to be the Wednesday before we go down and play New Orleans Thursday night," Childress said.
Childress noted the huge media presence in front of him, hanging on every utterance as breaking news, even though he was treating it as just another day of training camp.
Said Childress, "I feel like this is Watergate."