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Here we go again ... first hurdles out of the way for (gulp) Favre return

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Posted April 29, 2009 @ midnight
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By Eric Edholm

We do it to you because he does it to us.

Sick of Brett Favre? Get in line.

And yet his history of waffling on "to play or not to play" has left the media with one choice: assume he is coming back, even when he says (again) he won't.

As you probably have heard/read, the Jets have officially severed ties with Brett Favre a few months after he said his football days were over (insert snarky comment here). Now, as far as the Jets were concerned, this was a bookkeeping move as much as anything else.

Former Jets QB Brett FavreBut as far as you and I are concerned, unfortunately, it opens up the speculation -- however unlikely it might be -- that he could be playing for another team. And that other team, as we understand it, would be the Minnesota Vikings.

I don't claim to know Favre personally or understand his thought process, but in talking to league people about this situation over the past year-plus, it's clear that the Vikings were Favre's choice even before the Jets trade. Or after, maybe.

This whole thing might fizzle into nothing. For your sake, let's hope so. And I just didn't see a playoff-caliber quarterback over the final five games, following those massive wins over the Patriots and Titans.

His numbers during the final five: 98-of-175 passing (56 percent) for 1,011 yards with two TDs and nine interceptions. Over the first 11, the numbers were: 245-of-347 (70.6 percent) for 2,461 yards with 20 TDs and 13 INTs.

Notice a difference?

Maybe his heart wasn't in it in New York, but dadgummit, the Jets were playing like a Super Bowl team at that point. What else does he need? He could have pulled a John Elway and finished in epic fashion.

That leads me to believe his body wasn't in it. I think he broke down. Heck, he probably broke down before the Patriots and Titans game and simply willed himself through it. But the body can only do so much.

If you're a Vikings fan, do you even entertain the idea -- again -- of this guy joining your team, now that there is no poison pill and, in theory, he can join any team? (There are some hoops he has to jump through with retirement and such, but it can be accomplished if the parties involved want it to happen.)

Even with Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels competing for the QB job on a Super Bowl-caliber roster, is adding Favre to the mix -- and all that comes with him -- a good idea?

Let's hear from you. 

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