Reaction to Favre possibilities pours in

The NFL world is intrigued (maybe even obsessed) with the possibility that Brett Favre could become a Minnesota Viking. Former teammates, potential teammates, aging and retired players and former general managers all had something to say on the subject over the last two days.

In a purple-tinted world that can't seem to get enough of the possibility that Brett Favre could return to the NFL and play for the Minnesota Vikings, reaction to the situation is flying in from all angles.

From potential teammates to ex-teammates to former general managers, everyone seems to have an opinion or reaction to the tempting tale that a future Hall of Fame quarterback could try to burn his old club with his turning-40-year-old arm and an ailing biceps tendon.

Here is a sampling of the reaction:

  • Former Packers teammate (and former Vikings safety) Darren Sharper knows what it's like to cross state lines and play for the team he used to love to beat. Sharper began his career with the Green Bay Packers and then signed a lucrative deal with the Vikings when Green Bay wanted to slash his salary.

    "It's going to probably be exponentially more (than) the backlash that I had to deal with once I came to Minnesota's side from the Packer fans. He's not going to want to answer any fan mail," Sharper told Sirius NFL Radio. "He's not going to want to look at any web sites or blogs because the way I took a beating when I left Green Bay and headed to Minnesota, to think of Brett Favre, a legend for the Packers, going to Minnesota? He won't be able to go back to ... Wisconsin to get inducted into the Packer Hall of Fame because they're going to be a little bit upset. But, in saying that, you have to understand it is a business."

    Even Sharper is wrapped up in the drama.

    "Even though I'm going to be playing on that Sunday, I'm going to make sure I TiVo that game when Green Bay plays Minnesota if Brett Favre is the QB for the Vikings because that's going to be one for the ages," he said.

    Sharper said he believes Favre and the Vikings are a good fit.

    "It is the right fit," he said. "I'm not a prognosticator. I'm not into making predictions but I will predict that if everything goes well with, I think he has a meeting with Coach (Brad) Childress, I can see Brett playing for Minnesota this year. There's always a lot of things on the business side that have to be taken care of, but it is a perfect fit because of the style of offense they run. Brett is familiar with that, the West Coast style. He's familiar with (offensive coordinator Darrell) Bevell, who coached him at Green Bay. And everything was kind of in line for that to happen last year but it did not happen because of the fact that Green Bay put the block on him coming to Minnesota."

    Sharper said he thought the Vikings could win 12 games and defend their NFC North title with Favre under center

  • A current Packer wasn't quite as understanding with Favre potentially joining a divisional rival. Green Bay linebacker Nick Barnett used his Twitter account to express his feelings on the subject.

    "Once he puts (on) that purple, he will become an enemy, which is all part of the game, It's hard to imagine him doing that."

  • Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams told Sirius he thinks Favre is a "great guy" and could help the Vikings win. He also said he's had some fun playing against Favre in the past.

    "Me and Brett had a pretty cool relationship. We'd laugh and giggle in between plays and stuff like that, (saying) he needed to hold onto the ball a little longer so we could get to him," Williams said.

    Asked if Favre would talk back to him, Williams said, "Most of the time, he'll just give you a little wink or a smile back, the little things that will irritate you."

  • A few aging and former NFL players also had their opinions on the situation. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner knows all about contemplating the allure of the NFL as an aging but successful quarterback.

    "(There are) guys that it takes a couple of months to really get away from the game and you start getting that itch again and you start thinking about football," Warner told Sporting News Radio. "You know sometimes you have to make a decision earlier than you want to based on teams and the current situation, and that's where I relate with Brett. Sometimes you get forced into making that quick decision and it's not until a couple of months down the road that you realize I still think there's some more left in me. So I can relate to that and you know a guy like Brett."

  • Like Warner, former NFL safety Rod Woodson can understand the difficult choice Favre has had to face as he nears the end of his playing days.

    "I don't blame Favre for listening to what a team might have to say," Woodson wrote on an entry on NFL.com. "But then he's still saying to himself, ‘I want to do it.' I heard the coaches when they called, but as soon as they got done saying it, I told them it was an honor that they called and they felt I could help their teams, but that I was done. And then there were no more phone calls from those individuals. I think until Favre does that, he'll probably continue to have calls up until the point he says he's completely done and not to call anymore.

    "Favre hasn't told himself that he's completely done yet. If he did play this year, he could probably go out and throw 20-something touchdowns. But will he be satisfied with being a shadow of himself compared to the player that he was in his prime? Because when you're an elite player, that's what happens, that comes with the territory."

  • Former NFL personnel executive Pat Kirwan also writes for NFL.com and looked at the situation from a front office perspective. He knows that the two sides – the Vikings and Favre – can use each other for their own purposes.

    "The Vikings might have a use for Favre," Kirwan wrote. "One NFL defensive coordinator who faced Favre last season and the Vikings with Tarvaris Jackson the previous year believes there's no doubt Favre would be an upgrade if he's healthy. The coordinator shares my opinion, however, that Favre can't play 16 games anymore, but would be effective in 12 to 13 games with 20 to 25 passes per game."

    From a contractual perspective, Kirwan says the Vikings would have to protect themselves because of Favre's age and the quarterback would just have to accept that.

    "At this point, Favre would have to understand that the days of the big bonus and long-term deals are over," Kirwan wrote. "If he breaks down in camp or during the season, the club needs a parachute out of the deal. There shouldn't be any financial risk for the club. Favre would be the one taking most of the risk."


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