Peter King: Vikings Want Brett Favre Decision by Weekend


Peter King has been largely silent all throughout the Brett Favre drama, but in his new Monday Morning Quarterback column, the well-connected Favre-buddy at last offers some possibly-worthwhile reporting/speculation:

This is what I know about the odd little mating dance between Favre and the Vikings as of this weekend:

• He’s going to have a make a decision whether to join the Vikings very soon, probably by this weekend, because the Vikings want to know what their 2009 future is at quarterback. I’m told the organization won’t wait for a decision much longer, and if he has to get a minor operation to snip the damaged right biceps tendon that has been giving him pain, he has to do it soon. Like, within a week.

I get the strong sense that if the Vikings are going to do any deal with Favre that coach Brad Childress wants to be assured that Favre will report to training camp in game shape, with no restrictions on throwing or his condition. They’d also like Favre to be involved in the mental part of team activities before camp. He has missed the first week of Organized Team Activities (last week), and he’s all but out of this weekend’s final mandatory full-squad mini-camp before training camp. Ten OTA practices remain for the Vikings — June 2-5, June 8-11 and June 15-16.

• Favre needs surgery to release the biceps tendon that has been giving him discomfort throwing the ball. I’m told the tendon is hanging on by a thread. One source in the NFL medical establishment told me last week that he understands Favre’s tendon is barely attached, and would take a minor arthroscopic procedure to disattach it by snipping the tendon. If that happened, Favre would likely be unable to throw the ball for at least two weeks, with a month’s rehab before he could throw like the old Favre.

I was also told that severing the tendon would have no impact on Favre’s velocity or accuracy. Theoretically, if Dr. James Andrews, who appears to be Favre’s orthopedist of choice — and who is a big fan of Favre’s — does the surgery by the end of the week, Favre would be back throwing by the end of June, which would give him about a month to get his arm in NFL shape.

• Will he or won’t he? I don’t know. My best guess is he’ll have the minor surgery if the tendon is still nagging him by week’s end, and that he’ll get his arm right and do a deal with the Vikings. But it’s only a guess. As I’ve said through this whole thing, I’ve been wrong about Favre staying retired twice, and so I’m out of the Favre prediction business. Let’s see what this week brings. We ought to have a better idea by the weekend.

My prediction:  the weekend will come and go and there will still be no resolution to the Favre matter.  I said I thought Favre would wait as long as possible to make a decision and I stand by that.  You think Chilly and the Vikes are really going to take a hard line with Favre and demand he show up to some silly OTAs?  If they really want Favre, they’ll wait for him.  They’ll wait until ten minutes before the start of the first game if they have to.  Favre has been dictating this all along, and will continue doing so.  Remember what happened when the Packers tried to push him into doing stuff he didn’t want to do.  How’d that work out?

Tags: Brad Childress Brett Favre James Andrews Minnesota Vikings Peter King

  • Mike

    Really, no new news here.  I heard weeks ago the Vikings wanted to know by the end of May.  He needs the operation by then to be ready for training camp.  But I can’t see any problem with trying to pop the tendon naturally beyond that date.  I have to agree that the Vikings will move on without him but still take sign him later if it pops.  But if he wants to play for sure he will get the operation – really no big deal.

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  • All Day 28

    Ya ya whatever, we all know if that tendon finally tears or if he gets the surgery done he is comming back, it doesnt matter how long it takes as long as he can be ready for the first game of the season he is in. He already knows the West Coast Offense, so im not buying into any of this we want a decision crap

  • KJ

    Don’t really get all this Fav-re love. The guys a petulant child who will trash a game trying to be the sole reason for a victory. I’d rather see us dump the drama queen and concentrate on getting someone who will be there for a few years.

    But alas, ChillyBrain in all his vast wisdom will again be a moron and toast the season playing “Please, please won’t you play with me Bretty? Pretty Please!”

  • Mike

    KJ is the moron.

  • KJ

    LOL! You’re my new hero Mikey. Guess it is too hard to form a response so you’ve joined your elementary school buddies with the well thought out insult. Too bad you’re thoughts are as meaningless as your life is. Have a lovely day and stop picking on the girls in class okay Mikey? :)

  • Mike

    KJ, it doesn’t take much of a response to someone who thinks Brad Childress is a moron.  Obviously, you are the moron.  LOL!

  • Jim

    Speaking of morons……

    “Too bad you’re thoughts are”  – KJ

    The correct way to say it would be “your” not “you’re”.

    There was news out today that apparently there was a poll in Minnesota and most Vikings fans don’t want Favre.  I wonder how accurate that is. 

  • Mike

    The poll on the Star Tribune web site was disputed by nearly every blogger.  Every poll I have seen including on this site and the Star Tribune web site shows support for Favre among Minnesotans.

  • Chilly Sucks

    I hope and really do think that this will be Childress’ last season in Minnesota. Since Chilly came to the Vikings, he has done nearly nothing to get this team “over the hump” I’d like to be the 1st to call for his resignation.

  • Mike

    Too bad for you.  Chilly will get Favre, win the Super Bowl and replace Bud Grant as the greatest Vikings coach!

  • Jim

    That’s what I was thinking too, thanks for the info Mike.

    Chilly Sucks = another jealous Packers fan.

  • Favre H8R

    How could you think that a Packers fan would be jealous of anything that the Queens would ever do – except maybe move to California like a certain basketball team did. The Queens SUCK and ALWAYS will. I would hate to be a fan of a team that will NEVER win the Big Game. What a bunch of Losers!!!!!!!!!

  • Favre LuvR

    I would hate to be a Packer fan after Favre leads the Vikings to a super bowl victory.

  • Jim

    H8R, you’re not only jealous but you’re also angry.  You can’t stand the fact that #4 is going to beat the packers twice next season.  I can’t wait to see him in GB wearing purple. 

    Good luck with Rodgers, maybe you’ll win more than 6 games next season……but i doubt it. 

    Packers fans need to get used to post-Favre mediocracy.