After nearly 90 days of speculation, the drama has ended.
Brett Favre has decided to remain retired, according to what Brad Childress told the Star Tribune and NFL Network confirmed with a text message from Favre.
More than an hour later, the Vikings issued a statement from Childress confirming that Favre will "remain retired."
"It was a rare and unique opportunity to consider adding not only a future Hall of Fame quarterback but one that is very familiar with our system and division," Childress said. "That does not detract from the team that we have. As we have consistently communicated, we feel good about our team and they have put forth a tremendous effort this offseason preparing for the season ahead. With this behind us, we look forward to getting to Mankato and getting training camp underway."
Despite undergoing surgery to complete the tear in his right biceps tendon at the end of May and reportedly throwing without pain recently, Favre will end his three-month-long "anguishing" decision on whether or not to make his NFL comeback. His answers turned out to be no.
"Favre-apoolza," as Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe termed it, has ended without a purple party.
In late April, Favre requested and received his release from the New York Jets after they drafted Mark Sanchez. Since then, there has been incessant speculation that Favre would join the Vikings, ranging from false cloak-and-dagger reports of Childress visiting Favre to rampant rumors that Favre had purchased any number of homes in a couple of different Twin Cities metro locations to Favre's family booking dozens of hotel rooms for the weekend that the Vikings would play the Packers in Green Bay.
In mid-June, Vikings officials were acknowledging that they were waiting to see how Brett Favre's shoulder has responded to surgery. In Mississippi, Favre was testing that shoulder by throwing at Oak Grove High School and talking about the session. And in Green Bay, Packers players and coaches were generally following the company line that if Favre wants to play, he should play.
"We know the surgery itself was successful," Favre said after throwing in Mississippi in June. "It cleared up what was bothering me, but maybe I throw differently. Maybe my mechanics have changed some, because that's what happened to me late in the year. My mechanics had changed some. My accuracy was affected."
Back in Minnesota last month, Childress acknowledged the situation, saying Favre was "trying to make a push to get back and I just know this: He won't play unless he feels like he's capable of playing at a level that he's played over the course of the years. I know he's working hard to get back."
Childress said then that the risk of pursuing Favre and the distraction that it created was worth the potential he could bring to the team.
"If distractions are good football players, then we'll take all the distractions that we can get," he said.
If Favre's words to Childress hold true, the distraction is over and the Vikings will begin training camp practices on Friday without the Packers legend.
Favre is staying retired
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