Vikings confirm interest in Favre

A member of the Vikings on Monday spoke publicly for the first time on the Brett Favre situation, with team president Mark Wilf confirming an interest in the 39-year-old quarterback.

Vikings president and co-owner Mark Wilf confirmed Monday what has become obvious in the past 10 days: The Minnesota Vikings have an interest in Brett Favre.

Wilf was appearing in Marshall, Minn., as part of the Vikings' "You Made the Team" community tour and told a group of reporters, "Sure, there is interest in Brett Favre, but that's part of the process in general."

Vikings coach Brad Childress reiterates time and again that the team is constantly checking the waiver wire and looking to add talent, and Wilf said he would leave it up to Childress and vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman to determine if Favre should be brought to the team. Ultimately, Wilf indicated that the ball was in Favre's court.

"What I can tell you is that type of decision is up to Brett Favre, and I'll leave it to Brett Favre to give you that type of answer," Wilf said.

Favre asked for and received his release from the New York Jets late last month and shortly thereafter the rumors of Favre returning to the NFL for another year matched the quarterback with the Vikings. Last summer, when Favre was looking to "unretired" and be traded from the Green Bay Packers, rumor were flying that he wanted to come to the Vikings. The Packers refused to trade him within the NFC North division and eventually moved him to the Jets and inserted a clause that said New York would have to surrender three first-round draft picks if it traded Favre to the Vikings.

Now Favre has to decide if he wants to remain retired and, if not, if his shoulder can handle the rigors of another NFL season. He tore the biceps tendon in his right shoulder last year and it's uncertain if that will require surgery in order for him to play again. If "major" surgery isn't needed, ESPN reported that Favre would sign with the Vikings.

"Certainly a player of Brett Favre's (talent), a Hall of Fame quarterback, with the competitiveness he has, that is a player that we would have interest, as we would have in other players," Wilf said.

A Favre signing wouldn't only add Hall of Fame experience to the Vikings' roster at the most important position on the field, it would likely create a needed surge in ticket sales.

While Wilf's statements on Monday only confirmed what had become apparent, despite conflicting reports on the details, the decision sounds like it rests with Favre. Does he want to play again and, if so, what will need to be done with his shoulder in order to make that happen?

Those two key questions remain unanswered.


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