Brett Favre Says Vikings Gave Him Raise, That's Not Why He Returned
But while it would be easy to see Favre's absence from the first few weeks of training camp as nothing more than a contract holdout, Favre insists that the raise -- to a reported salary of $16 million, with another $4 million in incentives -- isn't the reason he decided to come back.
"I knew that would be some peoples' assumption," Favre told NBC's Al Michaels. "It was tempting, but I've always made a lot of money, and I knew I didn't need it."
Obviously, Favre doesn't need the money. His "regular guy" image aside, he's made more than $100 million over the last 20 years. He's doing just fine financially.
But wasn't the money even a factor?
"Honestly, no," Favre said. "It all came back to feeling obligated to the guys. That was really the strongest pull. I'm no fool. It's a lot of money. But that in itself was not the biggest factor."
In other words, Favre is saying Vikings owner Zygi Wilf tossed him a few million bucks for no reason. That must be nice for Wilf to hear.