With what was reported as being a deadline date to announce whether he was returning to the NFL for a 19th season, Brett Favre is said to be "anguishing" over a decision to come back and the reported deadline of today doesn't seem like it will happen.
According to an ESPN report, several Vikings, including star players Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen and Steve Hutchinson have repeatedly called and texted Favre saying they want him to be part of the 2009 Vikings, with the unnamed "source close to the situation" claiming that, if not for the contact from Vikings players, he likely would have announced that he isn't returning.
The Vikings have seemed relatively willing to wait for Favre to make a decision, but that isn't expected to last beyond the start of training camp. The feeling is that once training camp begins, all bets are off and that the Vikings could move forward with the group they have in place. What might be more troubling is if Favre doesn't sign and current QBs Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels feel somewhat betrayed by their teammates reaching out to a player outside the organization.
The speculation machine is back to running in overdrive on such matters as Favre's mental state after struggling late last season after sustaining his arm injury, his unwillingness to uproot his family and questions about his long-term health have all come into play. Whether any of them are true is unclear, but all we can do in the period between now and when his decision is ultimately made is to speculate.
For his part, Brad Childress is playing along with the game, saying he has no idea whether Favre will be with the team next week when camp opens or not.
"I don't have any allusions as to whether it's ‘I'm in' or ‘I'm out,'" Childress told the Associated Press Thursday. "You guys would probably say it's not a matter of if, it's when (he signs with the Vikings). But I've always said he's not going to do it unless he can do it at the level he wants to be able to do it all. We'll see."
So after all the hype and hoopla surrounding the potential Favre signing, we're back where we were at in May – will he or won't he? Stay tuned.