Reusse Thinks Favre-to-Vikings is a Done Deal


The venerable Patrick Reusse is convinced that Brett Favre will be coming to the Vikings.  In his mind, the Percy Harvin drafting indicates a desperation on Minnesota’s part to recapture the offensive sizzle – and enthusiasm among season ticket buyers – that has been lost since Randy Moss was traded away.  And the natural way to increase that sizzle even more would be, well, #4 in purple:

Brad Childress appears satisfied to arrive in Mankato with Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson competing to start at quarterback. He probably figures bringing in Percy Harvin, by acclamation the No. 1 pain in the posterior in last weekend’s draft, will provide enough tension for a head coach.

Heck, Childress might even tell Darrell Bevell, an alleged buddy of Favre’s, to not answer when the offensive coordinator gets the inevitable call from Mississippi.

None of these things will matter once owner Zygi Wilf gets a whiff that bringing in Favre for the 2009 season is a possibility.

The Vikings demonstrated on Saturday, when they made the strange decision to take the injury-prone, undersized, dope-smoking Harvin over Michael Oher, a starting offensive tackle for the next decade, that selling tickets is currently the team’s top priority.

Thanks to Randy Moss, followers of the Purple have a greater fondness for explosive, defiant receivers than any fan base in football. The Vikings were reminded of this last week, when they let out word of an interest in Harvin and the public responded with enthusiasm.

So Reusse also buys the theory that the Vikings were on the fence about Harvin until they sent out their little feelers and found out the fans liked him.  But do fans really influence front-office decisions that much?  They might if the team is facing ticket-sales issues, and is trying to get a new stadium built despite lack of voter support.  Reusse’s argument is that, as much as Childress might love the plodding KAO, Zygi Wilf loves making money more, and nothing would generate more buzz, and the revenue that comes with buzz, than Favre in purple.  So, Wilf might shove Favre down Chilly’s throat the way he evidently shoved Harvin down it (Chilly reportedly liked Eben Britton, so I imagine he would’ve loved taking Oher, who unexpectedly was still available at #22).  One wonders how much of this shoving Chilly can take before he starts choking.

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Tags: Brad Childress Brett Favre Darrell Bevell Eben Britton Michael Oher Minnesota Vikings Patrick Reusse Percy Harvin Randy Moss Sage Rosenfels Tarvaris Jackson Zygi Wilf

  • Mike

    I like Zigi!!!!!

  • papaspud

    Chili choking….awww that breaks my heart. Bring on Farve!!!! I think with Farve…as long as he doesn’t get injured again…we are there fellas…can you say Viks superbowl bound!!!!!!!!

  • colnajoe

    So what will it hurt to bring Favre in for a season or two?  You know he’s disapointed in his production last year and he will have something to prove.  I say bring him in and let the other two learn from him on how to audible out of a blitz, read a defense, and go to 2nd and 3rd receivers….

  • Mike

    ESPN Chris Mortenson said Favre had trouble lasting the season because he was late to camp.  When need to get him signed NOW!

  • Mike

    Star Tribune poll
    Should the Vikings pursue Favre?
    YES  64%
    NO    36%

  • Rob

    I would like to see #4 in Green Bay Again But this time in PURPLE!!!!!!!

  • Chuck

    I Really hope he comes back!!!
    NICE!!!

  • Moof!

    ARE YOU PEOPLE OUT OF YOUR MIND?
    HAVE YOU WATCHED BRETT FAVRE OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS?
    HE BLOWS BIG GAMES AND THROWS ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE INTS.
    HE’S OLD, HAS BEEN OVERRATED HIS ENTIRE CAREER AND IS A CANCER ON THE NFL. I HATE YOU ALL.

  • Oye Ve

    Ain’t gonna happen.  The only thing Favre can throw anymore is his soiled boxers in the hamper after another old man “accident”.

  • Chuck

    Moof 
    Overated his whole carrer!!! Is a Cancer??? I HATE YOU ALL… Grow Up!!!

  • Chuck

    Oye Ve,
    I bet you you put alot of thought in to that …
    Huh Buddy

  • shane

    i dont even know what to say to that.  
    maybe he is old and should call it quits but over rated.
    that is taking it to far.   he is in the top 5 of all time.  
    you are not a very smart man if you don’t thing that.

  • football=cool

    Brett to Minny is good for the league and GREAT for the NFC North. Who cares if he doesn’t put up Pro Bowl numbers?  Can you see #4  trotting through the Lambeau tunnel in the purple and gold? I can. Do it.

  • Kel

    Brett is and always has been a SCRAMBLING QB
    what T-jack is! so either Vick can train T-jack into what we want or Favre will deff do it!
    Either Or T-jack is our man in the future esp if we get favre. We’ll have him for a year two tops.  Enough time to show T-jack the rules of the game from one of the BEST QB’S to EVER play the game.. thats a good investment T-jack has the potential he just needs the coaching from a GOOD vet. and Favre is one of the ALL TIME best it would be a great decision.

  • mark knutson

    I spent several days at Vikings camp last year and I must sadly say that I was hoping that T Jack would get hurt because I knew that was our only hope for having a good season. The guy might be able to play catch in the back yard but he doesn’t put the ball where receivers can catch it and make moves. I even blocked my eyes so that I couldn’t see who was throwing the ball but could tell by the placement that it was Ferotte with the better arm. Please don’t let the fact that Favre is turning 40 disturb you. The facts are that he made the pro bowl last year and he was injured. He was injured and he still played. With our defense and AP he wouldn’t have to shoulder all of the load. I really believe with Farve we could get to the Dance this year and that just might keep the Vikings in Minnesota. We need to be Great this year in order to get a new stadium. If the Vikings can’t get that deal done then I’m pretty sure they will move to LA. A Lot rides on this year. Like I said, Favre made the pro bowl last year for a reason…he still has another year and that might be enough to keep the Vikings in Minnesota. I REALLY hope the deal goes through. I don’t want to be a Bears fan but I WONT BE A LA VIKINGS FAN. Please note that LA is building a stadium and the bleachers are purple. We should be desperate. A player that made the pro bowl last year isn’t or shouldn’t be overlooked. Blacked out games won’t bother me, that’s not my concern. Keeping the Vikings in Minnesota is what’s on the line. A pro bowl quarter back might be all it takes. As a life long fan, I pray Brett comes to Minnesota.

  • Mike

    Here, Here.

  • Favre4ever

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    I am a resident of Appleton, WI. (20 miles south of Green Bay) This is where all NFL teams stay when they play the Packers.  I used to love the Packers with all of my being when Favre played for them.  I also used to hate your Vikings from the depths of my former Green & Gold soul.  However, since that loser Ted Thompson exiled Favre to the Jets, I’ve wanted Favre to strip the Packers and TT bare-naked with some pin-point TD throws.  He tried to carry the Jets last year but I’ve always believed his best chance at sticking it to TT and the Packers was with the Vikings.  If Brett signs with the Vikings, I’m ordering a #4 Favre Minnesota Vikings jersey from NFL.com.  I’m serious!  Go Vikings!
    I’ve got something else to add.
    I don’t know Brett Favre personally, but I DO KNOW BRETT FAVRE!
    He hates Ted Thompson with a passion!
    However, with that little side note in the back of our minds, I do know a little something else about Brett Favre. 
    If he plays for the Vikings he will go you EVERYTHING, and I mean EVERYTHING he’s got!
    Now start ordering your Super Bowl tickets and go tell all your friends that:
    BRETT FAVRE IS COMING!
    BRETT FAVRE IS COMING!
    BRETT FAVRE IS COMING!
    BRETT FAVRE IS COMING!
    BRETT FAVRE IS COMING!
    BRETT FAVRE IS COMING!

  • Favre4ever

    Sorry about the weird text before my last post. 
    I don’t know what happened.  I just copied and pasted my comments from a Word document.
    Too bad we can’t edit our comments.
    Sorry guys! 

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    Mark, i hope you’re  wrong about the Vikings moving to LA, it would be a tradgedy to all Minnesota fans period. I believe you’re right, these are really desparate times for all Viking fans. It’s do or die this season for all of Minnesota. We need Favre, or at least some QB capable of carrying this team to the Super Bowl. The years of being patient are over. We want a winner now, not next year, or 5 years from now. If we moved to LA, i’ll relinquish my loyalty to the Vikings since 1970, there’s no way i’ll support the LA Vikings, and i’ll bet many fans will follow suit.