The Brett Favre to the Vikings rumors will simply not die, and at this point, why should they. It seems more and more obvious that Favre is well on his way to being a Viking, and today there was a tidbit on Pro Football Talk about it, with an interesting marketing tidbit about Favre and how close he is to officially being a Viking.
The rumor that the source would neither confirm nor deny is that the Vikings already have signed Brett Favre, and that the team and Favre are waiting to release the news.
If accurate, this means that the Vikings have a signed contract that they have yet to submit to the league office. Setting aside for now the question of whether league rules permit such tactics, it puts into perspective recent developments such as Favre’s use of “we” when discussing the matter with Artie Lange’s biatch, the visit by a Vikings trainer to Favre to check on his arm, and reports that coach Brad Childress wanted to see Favre participate in some of the offseason workouts.
These details all make much more sense if Favre already is a member of the team.
The other bit of information, which we also posed to the source who declined to confirm or deny the rumor, is that the Vikings already have green-lighted the production by Reebok of purple jerseys bearing the number 4 – and the five-letter name that isn’t pronounced like it’s spelled.
None of this news should be regarded as earth shattering, but it’s the clearest sign yet that, come early 2010, Favre will be conducting his third annual retirement press conference. — Mike Florio