Apparently the Minnesota Vikings are about as convinced as everyone else that Brett Favre is done playing football.
The former Green Bay Packers quarterback received his release from the New York Jets earlier this week – he was on their reserve/retired list – fueling speculation that he would return to the NFL with another team.
"He's retired, he doesn't have any desire to come back, and that's the way it is with Brett," his agent, Bus Cook, told ESPN's Chris Mortenson. "He's mowing his grass. He's working on his farm. He enjoys that stuff."
Of course, with the number of times Favre has considered and even said he is retired and then returned to the game, it would surprise no one if he returned in 2010. Last summer, when he was property of the Green Bay Packers, who were preparing to move on without him after he gave a tearful retirement speech earlier in the year, the Vikings were accused of tampering because they had talked to Favre.
The Vikings explained the communication as being friendly talk between longtime buddies Darrell Bevell, who coached Favre in Green Bay, and the quarterback. The league cleared the team of tampering and the Packers traded Favre to the Jets, inserting a clause in the terms of the trade that would have made it implausible for New York to turn around and trade him to the Vikings.
His release from the Jets makes him free to talk to other teams. The Vikings say they haven't discussed the possibilities yet … but they probably will.
"We haven't (talked about it). It doesn't mean we won't," Vikings coach Brad Childress said Friday at the opening of the Vikings' rookie minicamp. "We talk about everything, from what's going on in the United States on the front page today. … We talk about everything, so yeah, I'm sure we'll talk about that."
But to this point, Childress said the Vikings have been too engrossed in the draft and minicamp preparations to seriously delve into the Favre drama.
"I haven't had time to do much aside from reeling in this draft. We've been in staff clinics this week from 8 to noon every day and then get back and put this minicamp together," he said.
"We've had our head so hard here on the draft and then after you draft on the free agents and then after that getting into minicamp. You look up and go through the waiver wire. We really haven't had the chance to even talk about that. Our focus has been on the guys we signed and getting ready for this."
Favre doesn't seem to mind the attention that his pseudo-retirements in the past have brought. With a stronger statement this week, he could have curbed much of the speculation. Instead, he opted to start his statement with three key words that leave everyone who has followed his career wondering if a return to the game is in the offing.
"At this time, I am retired and have no intention of returning to football," read his statement.
At this time, the Vikings say they haven't discussed the possibilities of him in purple either.
Vikings and Favre: ‘We'll talk about that'
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