At least one Viking admitted to the Brett Favre saga affecting him, and his concerns are legitimate considering the career move he made.
It's about time somebody gave an honest answer to the question of whether the Brett Favre
situation is a distraction to the team. The head coach is fueling the fire in his own way by telling fans and media to "stay tuned." Visanthe Shiancoe
had dubbed it "Favre-a-Palooza." Most of the veterans have simply sidestepped the issue by saying it's the coach's job to make those kind of decisions.
But on Thursday, we may have seen the first crack in the armor. It came from the person the most affected by the potential switch – recently signed quarterback Sage Rosenfels
. While he wasn't critical of the organization, Rosenfels said that he is little disappointed at all the attention it would appear the Vikings are paying to Favre.
Rosenfels pointed out that he moved his family to Minnesota and pulled his kids out of their school into a new environment because of the promise of a chance to be the starter. Although Rosenfels received a substantial contract extension when he was acquired in trade, he came to the Vikings with the intent on competing for a full-time starting job. Like so many other things Vikings-related issues, that would seem to be on hold as well.
It would seem that the Favre story isn't going away any time soon – regardless of how the final resolution to the story plays out. It's going to drag into July before a decision is known and, seeing how the national media types have grabbed onto the story, it will be interesting to see how many other players break ranks in the future.
Although there wasn't much in the way of anything new to report on the Favre situation, ESPN's "NFL Live" program Thursday committed the first eight minutes of the half-hour program to Favre and the Vikings, showing that this story doesn't seem to be dying down at all.
Several Vikings were absent from Thursday OTA, including Chester Taylor, Bernard Berrian and Bobby Wade.
Antoine Winfield remains absent from the team's offseason activities as he continues to look for a contract extension.
There is a growing sentiment that any Winfield extension talks are being put on hold until the Favre situation is resolved. Seeing as, if he was to sign with the Vikings, Favre would likely get a one- or two-year deal, all of the money – whether it be the $7 million floated out by some or $10 million or more speculated by others – would have to come from the 2009 salary cap, it would be difficult to give Winfield a new deal that would add bonus money or guarantees on top of what he's already being paid.
Last November, the talk in the rumor circuit was that the Vikings could be the destination of Eagles QB Donovan McNabb, who at the time had been benched and his future was very much in doubt. On Thursday, the Eagles restructured McNabb's contract. While it doesn't add years to the two seasons remaining on the deal, it does give McNabb a raise that likely cements his place in Philadelphia and ends speculation of him being moved out of the organization.
Former Bears QB Rex Grossman finally found a home Thursday, signing a one-year, $620,000 deal with the Texans.