ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has raised an interesting possibility regarding this week’s sometimes conflicting reports about the Vikings imposing a deadline on Brett Favre to join the team. Mortensen’s belief, expressed on TV last night and via Twitter, is that the Vikes were so sick of all the Favre speculation, and the disruptive effect it might be having on the team, that they whipped up the deadline story as a way of making everyone think they had put the brakes on their pursuit of Favre, hoping this would calm the frenzy, and allow them to get on with other business. The assumption, then, is that while the Vikings publicly act like they’re through with Favre, they will still be communicating with him via back channels, and watching the progress of his arm in hopes of bringing him in some time before training camp.
This makes enough sense to possibly be true, plus it seems in line with the generally devious and secretive way this organization has run things ever since Master of Disguise Brad Childress came aboard. The only question is, will it actually work? Will this quiet things down as intended, or will it only cause an even greater hurricane of speculation, as folks scramble to uncover what the Vikes are really up to? It’s too bad the team couldn’t have gone about this whole thing in much more under-the-radar fashion, but, when Brett Favre is involved, that’s basically impossible.