It's official: the Vikings have signed Brett Favre. The madness that has descended on Winter Park has been amazing since news spread that Favre has signed with the Vikings. Viking Update has people on the ground at Winter Park and will update this story throughout the afternoon as developments break. UPDATED: 4:15 p.m.
The circus has officially come to town.
While the Vikings await the potential arrival of Brett Favre
to the practice field this afternoon, the scene around Winter Park is nothing short of surreal. Helicopters are hovering overhead. Satellite trucks are lined up near the front entrance to Winter Park. Fans have begun gathering on the street around the facility. Police tape has been put up to prevent cars from getting close to the facility. There's even a guy dressed in a parrot costume. One would think that President Obama is in town.
Viking Update is on the scene taking in the bizarre convergence at Brettstock and will providing updates to the events of today as they become available to post on the website. Here's what's happening so far:
1 p.m. -- The Vikings have taken the field for a special teams practice. To date, no sign of Favre.
Favre's name is not yet on any of the roster sheets made available to the media.
As confirmation that a deal has or is near being finalized, backup quarterback John David Booty has switched to the No. 9. From the time he joined the Vikings last year, Booty had worn Favre's No. 4.
1:20 p.m. -- Tarvaris Jackson is on the field, but no sign yet of Sage Rosenfels.
The Vikings roster still lists 80 players without the addition of Favre to the roster. No announcement has yet been made as to who will be removed from the roster to make room for him.
1:25 p.m. -- The Vikings have officially announced that Favre has signed and will wear No. 4.
1:30 p.m. -- Rosenfels shows up on the practice field.
1:31 p.m. -- Favre takes to the practice field with a helmet and wearing a red No. 4 jersey.
1:35 p.m. -- The Vikings website has a huge photo of Favre asking the question "Are you ready 4 some football?" It also includes where fans can buy Favre jerseys.
1:35 p.m. -- Favre is shaking hands with new teammates Jackson, Booty, Steve Hutchinson, Ben Leber and Chad Greenway. Fans lined up behind the fence that rings Winter Park give Favre a loud ovation.
1:40 p.m. -- On the team's website, Childress makes the following statement on the signing: "We believe adding a player such as Brett Favre to our mix will be a strong positive for this football team. As we have conveyed before, his unique knowledge of our system, the NFC North and his innate skills make this a rare opportunity. We felt there was a brief window to reconsider the possibility and we owed it to the organization to evaluate our options. After thorough discussion, the same variables that made this a unique and positive situation previously, still exist. Now, our attention turns to getting to work as a team, our next practice and preparing for the season."
1:50 p.m. -- The Vikings have announced the Favre press conference will be at 5 p.m. today.
2:30 p.m. -- ESPN reports that Favre still has a partial tear in the throwing shoulder of his rotator cuff. It is said he informed the Vikings of the problem, which was discovered during surgery to repair his biceps tendon in May.
Former Viking and current ESPN analyst Cris Carter says that Favre is going to start Friday's preseason game against the Chiefs.
As expected, the Favre contract is believed to be worth $10-12 million for the 2009 season.
4:15 p.m. -- The Vikings have sold about 2,000 season tickets today alone and 6,000 single-game tickets. They had about 10,000 tickets available for most game and no game is sold out yet.
A truck is expected to arrive in town tomorrow for jerseys to be distributed to the Vikings Locker Room stores. Last year, the New York Jets sold about 200,000 Favre jerseys. The uptick on those arrivals will be a couple thousand tomorrow and then a continued flow to the Twin Cities area.