Brett Favre May Already be Signed


As we sit here awaiting the seemingly inevitable moment when Brett Favre signs to become the newest member of the Minnesota Vikings, a report has come across suggesting that the thing we’re waiting for has in fact already happened, and for whatever reason, not been announced yet.  Since it’s a bit complicated (and frankly goofy), I’ll simply quote the PFT article:

We caught wind this morning of a tip from a very unusual source.  A member of the military — an officer serving in Afghanistan — contacted us with two eyebrow-raising-nuggets that had made their way to him on the other side of the globe, from credible sources.

We pondered using it even without corroboration under the thinking that, if a guy in harm’s way would get a thrill by fooling us into using a Bradshaw-Is-Dead-style rumor, then we’d be glad to give him that thrill in exchange for the sacrifices he’s making for the rest of us.

Because, however, we’ll soon be working with a legitimate media organization (or, as the case may be, undermining its legitimacy), we decided to poke around a bit.

After hitting a dead end, we got in touch with a source who would know the truth.  The source explained that no information could be given, adding “I will not deny it either, I will leave it at that.”

So with that extended preface (you can wake up now, by the way), let’s get to the meat.

The rumor that the source would neither confirm nor deny is that the Vikings already have signed Brett Favre, and that the team and Favre are waiting to release the news.

If accurate, this means that the Vikings have a signed contract that they have yet to submit to the league office.  Setting aside for now the question of whether league rules permit such tactics, it puts into perspective recent developments such as Favre’s use of “we” when discussing the matter with Artie Lange’s biatch, the visit by a Vikings trainer to Favre to check on his arm, and reports that coach Brad Childress wanted to see Favre participate in some of the offseason workouts.

These details all make much more sense if Favre already is a member of the team.

The other bit of information, which we also posed to the source who declined to confirm or deny the rumor, is that the Vikings already have green-lighted the production by Reebok of purple jerseys bearing the number 4 — and the five-letter name that isn’t pronounced like it’s spelled.

I’ll give Herr Florio credit for this much:  unlike the guys at ESPN, he isn’t afraid to give details about where his information is coming from (without, obviously, giving away the identities of the sources).  Maybe Ed Werder and the boys would have fewer credibility issues if they too would be so forthcoming.

As for Florio’s story…frankly, it doesn’t really change anything.  If Favre is signed and it hasn’t been announced, then we wait for it to be announced.  If he hasn’t signed, we wait for him to sign.  Either way, we wait.

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  • Mike

    Yes, that Favre has already signed with the Vikings would explain much like why Childress asked him to the OTAs and why he had surgery.  But I can’t understand why they don’t announce and get the circus going before training camp. 

  • fay

    I hope this rumor is true because it will be great for us Brett Favre Fans and the NFl.I look fwd to buying my #4 Brett Favre Jersey soon..Can hardly wait for the season to start,and can hardly wait to hear that this is true.Go Brett !! Go Vikings !!

  • Jim

    I bought a Vikings Favre jersey 2 weeks ago.  Looks like I didn’t waste my money!

  • Mike

    The Pioneer Press is reporting agent Bus Cook is denying the rumor that client Brett Favre has agreed to a contract with the Vikings.  Bus is always the last to find out.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Eric B

    God I hope this is true.

  • Mike

    Sports Illustrated’s Peter King says Favre is throwing the ball with the old zip, evidently. We had the coach of the high school where Favre is throwing, Neville Barr, on our Sirius NFL Radio. Barr said: ‘He looks good. He said it was still a little uncomfortable, but I thought he threw the ball well. He had a lot of velocity and zip on it.’ Only a setback in his throwing will stop him from being at Vikings camp.

  • xpackerfan

    Packer fan since 1964, last year I had no team, but watched the Jets and was for Brett.  Vikings were always my back up team, I hope this happens soon, then I can have a TEAM again.  Will buy a Purple (#4)  t-shirt and finally take my Packer Licenses Plate holder off my car, and throw it in the trash (gold/green t-shirts there last year).   Vikings will WIN the SB and Packers will eat CROW.  

  • Jim

    xpackerfan, I hope it happens soon as well.  Welcome to the purple nation!

  • Mike

    xpackerfan should read the recent article by Mike Florio, who claims Favre can never return to Wisconsin if he does in one year with the Vikings that which he managed only once in 16 with the Packers – win the super bowl.  The problem with superstars is that, eventually, they believe the moniker is permanent.  Favre, for example, believes his fans in Green Bay will realize that his plan to stick it to the Packers isn’t aimed generally at the Packers, but specifically at GM Ted Thompson.  Like most superstars, Favre will think he can talk his way out of it. If he ends up running around the field in Miami with the trophy named for the greatest coach in Packers history, the greatest quarterback in team history immediately will become the franchise’s biggest villain.

  • Mike

    But I should add that if Favre wins a super bowl for the Vikings he will become this franchise’s biggest hero ever, replacing grumpy old Fran by a long, long shot!  We would be glad to retire his number.  A very strange prospect for someone we have hated for so may years.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    oh the twists of fate, baby. they are big and they are real. who would have ever thought it. and the truth of mikes last 2 statements is a very real possibility. my uncle the great viking fan and huge franny fan, says he’ll handle it this way; ” i hated farve for a lot of years, but it was always cause he was my enemy. now if he becomes my ally and warrior then he’s on our side. then you embrace all he will bring. but i will never, ever, forget the passion and guts that franny brought to us as well. he gave his all, and with that he still deserves the respect of all viking fans. he did’nt win us a super bowl, but superbowls are won by teams not individuals. fran and “his teams” lost. but they got there and they fought the battles. if farve comes here and wins a superbowl, remember the team that we have. we have a championship caliber team just like the ones we had before. and farve will be the band leader. this team will win. or this team will lose. not one single person. there is no “i” in team.”  i like that. my uncle is no philosipher. that is as close as it gets. might be the wisest thing i’ve ever heard him say about the vikings.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    my uncle says he remembers sitting in old metropolitan stadium felling the ole thing shake and rumble from the fans screaming and pounding on the bleachers. the excitement and pride over their purple gang. he says, “what happened, are all these fans just to young to remember those days”.? ” it was’nt franny’s fault, not all of it.” against the dolphins we could’nt stop csonka and the great miami running game. they ate the clock up and we did’nt have enough time to get anything together. our D failed and we lost as a team. not just franny…….against pitts, we faced the greatest D of alltime. they beat us and beat us bad. we really had no chance. they were the greatest of all time and D wins championships……….against oakland, they just klicked, they put it all together at the right times of the game and over came all of their miscus like the ray guy blocked punt. we had our chances, but again we could’nt put it together as a “team” that day. oakland did. they were the better “team”. against kc, well, you can’t blame that one on franny. he says, “do all of you guys still have pride for those great viking teams? do you remember the way you felt watching them play? if you don’t, because you were to young, then you have no business commenting about it. if you do remember, and saw it, then you should be ashamed of turning your back on our once proud and powerful history. it’s our history, good our bad, it’s us. it’s family. you never turn on family.”   hey he’s pissed when he talks like this. think abou it guys, this guys lives and breathes vikes…….he ain’t a pretender. he’s got passion and wants you guys to love the vikes no matter what. his one question is…….”what if farve comes here and takes this team to the superbowl and looses.?” he’s lost a superbowl before too. he’s just like franny, he gave it his all.” ????????

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    my uncle said one other thing as well. not many of you know this, maybe some do? when joe montana left the 49ers, one of his rumored homes was minny. he went to kc instead. would joe have brought us a superbowl win????? was the team at that time good enough to support montana?????  my uncle says this about montana, aikman, brady…..”hey those guys are the greatest, only one superbowl loss among em to 9 wins……but was it all them or the teams that they played on.?”

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    he says one other thing…….just one name and it says it all about the point he’s trying to make…….MARINO

  • Mike

    When Montana left the 49ers for KC in 1993-4, the Vikings, with castoff QBs Jim McMahon and Warren Moon, qualified for the playoffs but lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Bears and Giants.  Montana may have been able to lead them deeper into the playoffs?  I think Favre can do the same now.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    i think that is presisely what my uncle is trying to say. look at the names you’ve just mentioned; mcmahon, moon, i’ll add cunningham……..montana might have been? but the senerio is the same. don’t expect some great qb to come in and perform miracles. it might happen with farve? he presents the best situation possible? but at this stage of his career, he maybe in for a letdown in performance?  mcmahon won one but did it with one of the best surrounding casts in the history of the nfl. moon set every record in football but has no ring. cunningham was a freak of nature athletically and set the offensive scoring record with the most explosive offensive team ever…….but none could do it. montana may have taken them deeper, but could he have won it all here???? we’ll never know. but we do know that he did win it with a great/ greatest surrounding cast. thats the point. as important as the qb is, he’s no greater than the team. one part does not make the motor run, but the collective efficentcy of a smooth running motor make up, produces a checkered flag. my uncle is all for farve coming here. he’s ready to welcome the hated one with open arms. but he is also ready to say that the rest of this team will have to step it up another notch or 3 to get farve there. franny was agreat qb, but as he said, he also has seen the rest of his team let him down when it counted most. not just franny, but the whole team. so be prepared, cause like he said, farve in his prime, lost a super bowl too. with a great surrounding cast of team mates. all he’s trying to do is defend his man fran tarkenton from the weight of carrying the whole load of defeat. fran did’nt get it done, but it was a collective failure on the “teams” part. in every case.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    what if farve and the vikes go to the superbowl and they lead 23-17 with 38 seconds left in the 4th qtr. new england and brady are marching down field, charles gordon slips and stumbles and can’t recover in time as brady hits randy moss in the open and moss is able to take it in for the game tying td. the exta point gives the patriots another victory in a superbowl and the vikings another horrifying loss……………now lets just look at this senario? would this be farve’s falt the vikes lost? would it be gordon’s ? would it be the special teams’ fault for not blocking the extra point? the game has 100′s of plays with opportunity on each. so to narrow it down to one or two specific plays is meaningless. it’s a collective fight of all out combat on every play. take one off and you’ve lost already. hey this could happen? it’s called fate……don’t be so hard on franny, because we’ll never know what the hand of fate had to do with why minny lost those superbowls?

  • Mike

    Yes, I like today’s Vikings with Favre better than the old Vikings with Fran, even if they could be considered equal (which I am not prepared to do); because they have a much better RB Foreman (which I don’t mean as a knock against Foreman) and they much bigger linemen on both sides of the ball (even by today’s standards).

  • Mike

    SBG posted NFC champion odds seem tighter with Giants +500, Philly +650, Dallas +700 and Vikings +800.  Is Favre written in?

  • Mike

    All decade NFL offense includes Steve Hutchinson but not Adrian Peterson (LT instead).  Man, I would take AD over LT anyday.

  • Jim

    Mike, they’ll have to rewrite that list after this season.

  • xpackerfan

    THANKS FOR THE WELCOME JIM, and PURPLE is my favorite color.  You said you bought a Viking Farve Jersery 2 weeks ago, HOW, I want one!  I’ll hang purple balloons on my mail box, with #4 (if he gets that number, know it is taken),  & my GB packer frog, hung by the neck under them.  Like it better than the black ones with #4 I had up…well you guys know when!

  • xpackerfan

    MIKE – Well Mike Florio is not to bright in saying Brett can never return to Wisconsin, he should check the schedule… November 1st, Vikings @ GB, hello!  If I were Brett, I do exactly what he’s doing. He never retired/quit the packers, the Jets were just a move to go where he wanted…the Vikings after  GB treated him the way they did. GB shut the door in his face, so he found a way to open up the one he wanted.    Brett  gave us so much for years, he  wants to play, and play he will.  Hope you enjoy him as much as I will enjoy be a VIKING fan.  jacalyn

  • Jim

    Favre Will Be At Vikings’ Training Camp

    http://wcco.com/sports/brett.favre.vikings.2.1057007.html

  • Jim

    xpackerfan, i bought one from nflshop.com.  I had the jersey custom made since Favre ins’t on the roster yet.

  • Mike

    Jim, thanks for the great news.  But Mark Rosen also said he believes the Vikings will keep Booty and try to move Tavaris Jackson with Sage Rosenfels backing Favre up and ready to take over if Favre can’t get the job done.  That’s what I said I would do.

  • Jim

    still a little skeptical.  I’ve been tricked by these damn anonymous sources 1 too many times.

  • Mike

    Remember when Terrell Owens said that he would prefer Brett Favre to Donovan McNabb while he was playing with the Eagles.  Unfortunately, Owens lost all of his credibility on superstars last night when even his supermodel partner said he was a joke of an athlete.

  • Mike
  • xpackerfan

    Good Morning!  Mike Florio said Favre has signed with the Vikings, source is Mark Rosen of WCCO and confirmed jerserys with his name & # have been ordered. I have a TEAM, I am a Viking, never ever, would I beleve this would happen.  I realize it takes a TEAM, not just one player BUT Vikings  @ GB, Nov. 1st, all fans wore a purple Favre jersey, talk about a Kodak moment , or Master/Card…priceless.  

    Mike – Should of read your post, not just glanced and/or Blonde moment, got it.  Yea, the Vikings with  Brett win the SB and place the Lombardi Trophey in Minnie, poetic justice I think!  Vince Lombardi is gold in Wisc., but his last year as a Head Coach was not with GB.  

  • Mike

    Remember two years ago when the NFL reprimanded the Green Bay Packers defenders for having bounties against opposing team’s offensive players, including Adrian Peterson?  Do you think they will have a bounty placed on the head of Brett Favre?  Do you think Favre, Peterson, Hutchinson and the rest of the Vikings offense will want to crush them before they can do damage?  I hope so.  I hate those damn Packers.

  • xpackerfan

    Hi Mike, selective memory! ?   WIN, it’s the reason of the game,  I will never stop detestig the  Cowboys.  They won not to play, but to hurt players…spit forever on them.  I remember that.

    Remember Vince Lombardi’s quotes.  Maybe not perfect, but here’s two (2) ,   listed below:

    1).  Without Defense and Offense, people do not get the game. 
    2).  We did not loose the game, we just ran out of time.

    When GB won the supur bowl, who took the limelight.  Brett passed it to Reggie.  YEA, Brett is an an ass.  

    So tispie …nite and after the SuperBowl, he merely asked who was the highest paid QB, he wanted one cent more

    PS  A  SMUT, photo /vido with “Brett”. going into a “Motel”etc.  Proved fake.  CLASS, Brett said, he would not sue, he had better things to do with his life.  

    PPSS Nite Mike & my photo exposed, was just rude…?lol?!!!!

    NOW to answer your question.  Worried about Brett, NO…you are VIKINGS…me too.

  • xpackerfan

    Brett is a winner, Vikings can and will win the Super BOWL, inasmuch as it takes a great TEAM.  Put yourself in Brett’s shoes…think of it…think of it again, and again. Beyond balls?
    Would you want him on your team.  Knock knock, yes…

  • xpackerfan

    The Vikings have it all, coupled with a QB .  I’ll bet a bet.

  • xpackerfan

    MIKE are you back running this blog. Thought something was not even close to your style when I checked this sight and saw “F**K this S**T…”, if it was you, thought your lobotomy was successful.  Backed up , saw you were banned coupled with one side of the story.  Wouldn’t post, what a moron!    Wanted to find you, but blog Mike Viking Fan, computer crash…lol.  

    Damn growing up is so hard to do, especially when I add my grown-up gallon of vino!  Perfect people are boring.