Favre Changes Mind, Join Vikings
Brett Favre ended yet another retirement Tuesday and consummated a long flirtation when he reported to work with the Minnesota Vikings, who had been wooing the Green Bay Packers legend for more than a year.
The quarterback, who turns 40 in October, said he was done last year but then signed with the New York Jets (after the Packers balked at any scenario putting him in Minnesota, an NFC North rival). Favre then said he was done again, largely because of a bum shoulder.
He practiced Tuesday after flying in from his home in Mississippi, three weeks after saying he'd love to play for the Vikings but didn't feel physically up to the task.
Favre and coach Brad Childress said during a news conference the deal happened when Childress called Favre on Sunday and said, "This is it. It's now or never."
Favre, after positive feedback on right biceps tendon surgery, agreed to give it a go. He will make $12 million this season, and up to $14 million next season if he returns, according to agent Bus Cook.
Favre said he changed his mind because, "I didn't want to say, 'What if?' "
Asked about the reception he expects at Lambeau Field, Favre shrugged and said, "I think if you're a true Packers fan, you'll understand."
The Packers and Vikings play a Monday night game Oct. 5 and in Green Bay on Nov. 1.
Favre vaults past Tarvaris Jackson and newcomer Sage Rosenfels as the starter. Favre will start Friday's preseason game at home against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jackson said the news was not a total surprise. "It's not a good feeling. Take it for what it's worth and try and get better from it."