It looks like Brett Favre is experiencing some doubt about whether he wants to play for the Vikings. Via ESPN’s Ed Werder:
With Minnesota Vikings players scheduled to report to training camp in less than a week, Brett Favre remains anguished about whether he should come out of retirement and join the team. That decision, according to sources, has become more difficult in recent days because of the efforts of Vikings players including Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen and Steve Hutchinson, all of whom have now begun calling and texting Favre in an attempt to convince him to become Minnesota’s starting quarterback.
“If it weren’t for the involvement of the Vikings players directly telling Brett they want him on their team, I think he might have already decided against playing again,” a source said.
A source said that Favre is beginning to feel a sense of obligation, not only to Vikings players but to a coaching staff that has been recruiting him since the moment the New York Jets released him in April. According to sources, Favre has been communicating regularly with Vikings head coach Brad Childress and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who was Favre’s offensive coordinator in Green Bay for three seasons.
Here’s what I would say to Brett if he were sitting here in front of me: “Yo Brett. Can I borrow a few thousand bucks? I swear I’ll pay you back dude.” And after that I would say, “You know Brett, if your heart isn’t in it, you really shouldn’t do it.” And I mean that. If Favre isn’t 100% committed to playing as of right now, then he should just forget it. Because training camp isn’t going to improve his outlook.
Of course, this could all just be part of a Favre ploy to get out of training camp. We know how much he hates training camp. It could be that the Vikings will just tell Favre he doesn’t have to show up, and suddenly his doubts will evaporate. If Brett knows anything, it’s how to get what he wants.