Vikings Childress Says There’s No Deadline on Favre

Brad Childress said all the things regarding the Favre situation that Favre wished Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson had said after 2007.

“I don’t have an expectation,” Childress said in regards to Favre’s retirement status. “I know he had a great experience here. I know it too well to know that emotions are a little bit raw right now. We’re still too close to it. He’s earned his time to be able to step away from it and talk to his family and figure out what he wants to do. But I don’t have a strong expectation one way or the other. It would not surprise me one way or the other.”

In other words, whatever happens… happens.

And why not?  Given that there are no free agent options that would be an upgrade over Tarvaris Jackson, and given that picking at #30 means no instant starter will be available, there is no harm in letting Favre take whatever time he needs.

“I think you can plan both ways,” Childress said. “It’s not a deal where I need to put a gun to his head and say, ‘I need to know in a week, two weeks, two months.’”

That’s exactly right.  Unless the Vikings plan on making a blockbuster trade, they are not going to land somebody at quarterback that would make the Vikings refuse his return, should he decide to.

“No question and eventually you would like to be able to do that,” Childress said. “But by the same token you don’t want a round peg in a square hole. And I am too far away from it right now to tell you what the quarterback class this year looks like. I know we’re picking down there at 30th [in first round]. We’ll just see what’s there and I’m sure that we will ably man that position one way or the other.”

Again, Childress probably knows the Vikings have run out of real options at quarterback.  He says there are “two plans” for dealing with Favre’s decision, but both those plans are essentially the same thing.  If Favre retires, then Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson will battle for the starting spot while a late-round rookie watches and learns.  If Favre does not retire, then Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson battle for the #2 spot while a late round rookie watches and learns.

I don’t see how much differently this could go down.  The Vikings are backed into a corner with VERY limited options at quarterback.

I have long loathed this regime for their decision to not pursue Drew Brees after trading away Daunte Culpepper.  Brees was a free agent at the time.  I felt better knowing that had they acquired Brees, they probably wouldn’t have been in a position to draft Adrian Peterson.  After Sunday’s game, I’m starting to revert back to my “what could have been” thinking when it comes to the lack of interest in Brees.  But I digress.

On the plus side, with no options comes a certain feeling of freedom.  By that I mean Brett Favre will not be holding this franchise “hostage” if he takes a while to decide.  There is probably not going to be a salary cap in 2010, so his $13 million is not a concern in that respect.  And with the Vikings having no real options outside of Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson, Favre deciding to come back in August again would simply be a bonus.

Tarvaris Jackson may not be a bad option though.  I’m always hearing that Brad Childress deserved his contract extension because he has improved this team by two wins each season since coming on board.  Here is Tarvaris Jackson’s quarterback rating in each of those same seasons:

2006:  62.5

2007:  70.8

2008:  95.4

2009:  113.4

2010:  Contract extension?

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One Response to “Vikings Childress Says There’s No Deadline on Favre”

  1. Steve says:

    Brett Favre has accomplished so much in the NFL. He is the only player to win the AP Most Valuable Player award three times. He holds several NFL records, including most career touchdown passes and most career passing yards, among many others. He is definitely worthy of being in the Hall of Fame, and should retire for good this time.