Even before Vikings coach Brad Childress said that he had "absolutely not" issued a deadline for Favre to make a decision by the end of this week, as reported by ESPN Tuesday night, one of Favre's former teammates, linebacker Nick Barnett, registered his view via his Twitter account.
Here is what he wrote in back-to-back posts in its original tweeting style:
"Why does there seem to be so much drama about favre??? If he wants to play let him play why is everyone holding there breath... Who cares .."
"That's true it wouldn't be so bad if he just played for another team... But to play for the Vikings ..hmmmmm"
But players aren't the only ones tweeting about the situation. ESPN's Chris Mortenson fired back a bit at Childress on Wednesday evening.
"Still laughing about Childress' line of the day about not even being sure if Favre had surgery. That statement alone reveals enough," Mortenson tweeted.
Childress likely does know if Favre had surgery or not, but he's never one to open up about players' medical issues. ESPN's story on Tuesday, reporting a Vikings-issued deadline of later this week, didn't seem logical. They only have a couple more organized team activity practices scheduled next week and, by all (media) accounts, Favre's shoulder doesn't seem ready to handle that load – surgery on his partially torn biceps tendon or not. Even if Favre was under contract with the Vikings, OTAs are not mandatory and therefore the Vikings wouldn't be able to force him to attend or fine him if he didn't.
The ESPN story did leave some wiggle room, as Mortenson pointed out in a Tuesday night tweet.
"As Ed (Werder) reports, no discussions about talks resuming later. Just ended it. Now if Brett calls in a month and says he's wonderful, who knows?" Mortenson tweeted.
Still, few observers seem to believe the ESPN report about a deadline, and Childress' appearance on KFAN radio Wednesday morning just reinforced those beliefs.
With Childress' response on KFAN being his only public comments on the matter since the ESPN reports, NFL Network resorted to the opinions of a couple of reporters who cover the Vikings on daily basis.
Here is the quick take of Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune and here is another reporter's (from Viking Update) opinion on the matter.
Ironically, Viking Update's appearance was filmed at a downtown Minneapolis studio by a Packers fan, with a Vikings fan operating the board. Both had a hard time swallowing the thought of Favre in a purple jersey, making the off-camera banter better than what happened in front of the camera.
No question, fans and players from both sides of the border are split – and intrigued – by the potential of Brett Favre potentially being a Viking.