Brett Favre won't be coming back to the Vikings and likely won't be coming back to play in the NFL again, but he is still having an influence.
Asked a question about his rookie experience last year, current Vikings quarterbacks Joe Webb mentioned meeting Favre as part of his fond memories.
"Meeting Brett for the first time, it was a great experience. You only get one rookie season and, damn, that's out of the way and now it's all about business," Webb said.
Webb said he has talked and texted with Favre a couple times this offseason, "just checking on him, seeing how he's doing. He's doing pretty good."
The logical follow-up was to find out if Favre had indicated any interest in returning.
"I'm not sure what's going to happen, if he's going to come back or something like that. I think he's enjoying himself right now," Webb said.
Despite the poor showing Favre had last year, his 20 years of NFL experience could provide some tips for younger quarterbacks, but Webb said Favre has been mainly just an encouraging voice during the offseason.
"Just telling me to stay focused, keep working and don't stop working. Don't get comfortable and keep my eyes on the prize," Webb said.
With news that the NFL and NFLPA met two days this week in Chicago, the two sides in the NFL labor dispute issued a joint statement regarding the NFL lockout.
"The parties met pursuant to court mediation," the statement read. "Owners and players were engaged in confidential discussions before Chief Magistrate Judge Boylan. The court has ordered continued confidentiality of the mediation sessions."
LOCKER GATHERING TEAM TOO
Christian Ponder isn't the only rookie first-round quarterback to work out with teammates this week. Titans QB Jake Locker began working out with his new teammates Tuesday at Father Ryan High School in Nashville.
"I just want to spend some time with the guys and get familiar with them and get comfortable with them and kind of forge a little bit of a relationship with them," Locker said.
Locker said he is planning to be in town for 10 days, and Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan has organized a minicamp that starts on June 8.
Said Locker, "I can get out there with some guys that have been in the league for a little while and guys have been with the Titans. It's a chance to get out there and work with them for a little bit and get familiar with them."
While unable to talk with coaches, Locker said it can still be a positive experience.
"It's a little different, from a mental standpoint," he said. "We're probably not going to be able to get in as much as we would if it was a normal year, but I think it's just kind of (about) getting there and making the best of the situation."
He hopes to be prepared enough to play if that's what the Titans want to do.
He said, "I've said throughout this process that my goal is to be prepared when I get my opportunity and take advantage, whether that's the first game of the year, or the middle of the year or next year, whenever it is. I'm going to do everything I can to prepare myself when I do get that opportunity and capitalize on it. My goal is to be as competitive as possible throughout the whole process and to give myself the opportunity to play as early as I can."
The Sports XChange contributed to this notebook.
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