If someone is feeding Ed Werder bad information on Brett Favre, you at least have to give whoever it is credit for creativity:
The Minnesota Vikings have at least temporarily suspended their pursuit of Brett Favre after the retired quarterback failed to report to organized team activities that began Tuesday as head coach Brad Childress had mandated, according to team and league sources.
The Vikings conveyed their decision in a phone call from vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski to Bus Cook, the agent who represents Favre. An eventual agreement returning Favre to the NFL for a 19th season, this in a Vikings purple uniform, remains possible. The quarterback was encouraged to continue rehabilitation following arthroscopic surgery performed two weeks ago to repair a partially torn biceps tendon. According to sources, no timeframe has been discussed for the Vikings and Favre to reconsider their positions.
If this story is true, then it demonstrates, even more so than the earlier deadline story, that the Vikings aren’t about to take any crap from Favre. If he is to join the team and pursue his idiot revenge, it will happen on their terms, not his. This hardline approach is necessary if Chilly and the front office are to keep the respect of the players, but it could be hazardous in terms of fan relations. Most fans, it’s safe to say, have already convinced themselves that Favre is coming…and if he doesn’t, then blame will be placed squarely on Childress, who is already in many fans’ doghouses. And if the Vikings then go and have a bad season without Favre? Childress will be crucified for failing to bring in Favre. The Vikings might have been better off vehemently denying any interest in Favre, on the off-chance that the deal couldn’t be reached. Now they’ve put themselves in a position to really get blasted.