Vikings Behind Favre Comeback?

A plot-thickening report courtesy of Associated Press reporter Chris Jenkins (via Judd Zulgad of the Star-Tribune):

The Green Bay Packers have filed tampering charges against the Minnesota Vikings alleging the team made inappropriate contact with Brett Favre, a person familiar with the Packers’ complaint told the Associated Press Wednesday night.

The person, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, said Packers officials have expressed their belief that interest from the Vikings was driving Favre’s sudden change of heart about playing football in 2008.

They feel like Favre had something [in place], and that’s why he was so anxious to get his release all of a sudden, the person said…

The person said the league already has reviewed evidence provided by the Packers, and team officials believe a league examination of telephone records would indicate more than normal contact between Favre and Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, a former Green Bay assistant. According to the person, Packers officials also believe the contact began before Favre and his agent, Bus Cook, formally asked the Packers to release him.

How does that make you feel, Packer fans?  Knowing your guy – the legendary Brett Favre – not only wanted out of Green Bay, but was specifically angling to get signed by your hated rivals?

And how does Tarvaris Jackson feel knowing that his offensive coordinator was scheming to get him replaced, presumably with Brad Childress‘s knowledge?

This story has now cast two young quarterbacks, Jackson and Aaron Rodgers, into an abyss of ugliness.  The only just thing now would be for Favre to stay retired and both Tarvaris and Aaron to have huge years.  Favre, the Vikings organization and the Packers organization are all diminished, in my opinion, by this affair.

At least we know with certainty now that the Vikings are not as sure about Tarvaris as they claim.  And we know the rumors about Favre wanting to go there were legit.  Let’s hope this mess doesn’t end up shaking T-Jack’s confidence to the point of hurting his performance.  We’re not getting Favre or anyone else, so we need T-Jack to be on his game.

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  • DJ

    As I and many other people have said before, this will do a lot to distinguish the Packers fans from the Favre fans.  And this is just ugly.  I feel sorry for everyone involved, especially Rodgers and Jackson.  They get knocked for being inexperienced.  How the hell are they supposed to get experience if they don’t play?  No one seems to realize that.

  • Ryan

    It’s not that the Vikings don’t have high hopes for Jackson, but look at it this way… why would we be trying to get Brett Favre?  Obviously to INCREASE our chances of winning a superbowl, and why is it so crucial for us to win a superbowl now more than ever?  Can you say stadium issues?  If Brett takes us to the promise land and wins you can guarantee the Vikings will not be moving away in 2012, and a new stadium deal will be complete by training camp of 2009, so the man behind all this Favre talk is no other than Mr. Ziggy Wilf.

  • Tyler

    A Viking fan wanting Favre to be a part of our organization is like selling out to the devil for a superbowl ring.  I bleed purple, and I want nothing to do with Favre (our rival for how many years now!).  Granted we have Sharper, but he also hasn’t basically been the ring leader for the team we rival for over 2 decades.  I don’t understand how true Vike fans can want this to win a superbowl. Granted I love my balls but I would totally give one up for the Ring to land in Minn.  Just FYI but Favre is too much like giving up your soul!

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    tyler, you must not need them then if you’ll give one up???? dumb ass….

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    farve wants to go back to greenbay, this is his way of showing the packer brass that this is my team assholes, not your’s. the fans are mine , not yours, the wins came thru me not you, the team needs me to win not you, think about it. noboby is more ego-tistical then brett farve, i’ve said it for years and now looks like i’m right. he only really cares about brett farve, and not really the packers team itself. he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get back to HIMSELF in the game. thats not a team player. everyone is saying look what fareve did for this organization. what’s more???? the packers without favree or farver without the packers. the packers will go on, but frarver will eventually fade away like all great players do, so just fade already

  • Vikingvance

    In the words of Doc Holliday in the movie Wyatt Earp
    “Frankly I am sick and tired of all the talk. I you want a fight get out your gun and start shooting” (paraphrased).
    The Vikes don’t come out and say we are not interested Brett
    The pack doesn’t know what to do and Brett is now threatening to go to camp and really make a mess by calling their hand (the gunslinger) and shooting it out. Do the Pack brass say OK theis is a disruption and ruin our camp (which  it will) or let him go where Brett fires the final shot by signing with the Vikes wo have not said  “not interested” lest they look guilty.
    Yes Dave, I wish this would fade. But blood will be shed in that 2 young QB’s are in the middle of this screwjob and 2 teams are facing a major distraction as they head into camp. Vikes would be best to tell the Pack brass this is over as far as we’re concerned and we both best get on with business.

  • Vikingvance

    That was “if you” sorry