Opinions flow freely on Favre

A clarification from Brad Childress on Wednesday morning was surrounded by opinions from former Favre teammates, writers defending reports and other media offering their opinions. Just another cycle in the multi-media era of the Summer of Favre.

These days, everyone has an opinion on Brett Favre potentially playing for the Vikings. Some of commentators even know Favre well, and in this multi-media world just about anyone can make his or her opinions open to the general public.

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.

NOTES

  • During Childress' radio appearance, he confirmed that cornerback Antoine Winfield still is not attending offseason practices. Winfield missed the full-team minicamp and hasn't attended any of the OTA practices that have been open to the media. He is in the final year of his contract.

  • Childress said offensive linemen Anthony Herrera and Artis Hicks are back to "full speed" after undergoing surgeries early in the offseason.

  • During minicamp, Jared Allen continued his crusade to bring the mullet back into pop culture. "We're going another year on this at least," he said, playing with the waves of hair behind his neck. "It's pretty awesome right now. We're going to let it rock, see where it takes me. It's taken me nowhere but heaven, so we're good."

  • Quarterback Sage Rosenfels knows all about the scrutiny a quarterback receives at the NFL level and believes his current competitor for the starting position, Tarvaris Jackson, has done a good job of dealing with the spotlight. "He's a very mentally tough guy. He's done a great job of handling it, I think. And for a young guy to handle it like he has, I think, is tremendous and speaks a lot about him," Rosenfels said. "He and I are competing hard out here, and he's helping me out with some things, and I'm trying to help him a little bit, because at the end of the day it's about trying to make the Minnesota Vikings the best football team possible and bring this team as far as possible in the playoffs."

  • The Vikings have plenty of events on Thursday. Their OTA practice in the morning is open to the media, while they are also hosting some media, as well as corporate sponsors, for a golf shootout at Rush Creek Golf Club. In the afternoon, the coaches and players arrive for the annual tournament. The sold-out tournament will feature current players, Vikings alumni and members of the Vikings front office staff. Proceeds will benefit the Vikings Children's Fund.


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