The Vikings as an organization have been utterly silent on whether they are indeed in hot pursuit of Brett Favre as has been reported by every living human being with any sort of media job or blog or a mouth with which to speak. But now that has changed; finally, someone connected with the Vikings has gone on-the-record about Favre. Mark Wilf, Zygi‘s less-high-profile brother, told the Pioneer-Press‘s Sean Jensen the following at a community outreach event:
On where things stand with Brett Favre: “Well. Clearly, I’m appreciative of the fact that our fans are very interested, and, like I said, they’re very curious about the whole situation. The fact of the matter is, with any player, we have a football department, we have a head coach, Brad Childress, Rick Spielman is the head of our personnel, and we go through this process with every player. We look at a variety of factors, and that’s the process we’re going through right now.
“That’s something with any player, and certainly a competitor and a Hall of Fame quarterback like Brett Favre is no different than those other players, in terms of that evaluation.”
On whether anyone from the organization has met with Favre:
“I’m not aware of any meeting. But, the fact is, like I say, any football personnel matters, medical matters, those types of issues, are really issues that we don’t typically discuss publicly. And I hope the fans and the media can appreciate that. Because that’s the right way, we feel, to get the best product on the field and get our ultimate goal of a Super Bowl championship.”
If he can confirm the team’s interest in Favre:
“Certainly a player of Brett Favre’s (credentials), a Hall of Fame quarterback, with the competitive (drive) he has, that is a player that we would have interest as we would have other players. But, again, it’s (a) process of evaluation and a variety of factors that go into it, and that has to play itself out and I defer to our coach and our personnel people to really evaluate those issues.”
Whether those statements constitute confirmation as Jensen says is a matter of interpretation. To me it sounds like the usual equivocation. “We’re interested in any player who can help us, and Brett Favre may be that kind of player.” Evidently, Chilly isn’t the only one on the Vikings who has taken a course in speaking without saying anything. But, at least it’s a statement. It gives us something new to chew on until the next unsubstantiated rumor or act of pure speculation comes down the pike.