Vikings quarterbacks had different reactions to their newest teammate, Brett Favre, joining the team and taking over the starting spot for which Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels were supposed to be competing.
Favre arrived at Winter Park at about noon on Tuesday and emerged from the locker room about an hour and a half later for the start of the full-team practice. His arrival means that Rosenfels and Jackson's futures are now in doubt.
"For me personally, this wasn't what I was hoping for. I tried to get traded here and got traded here," said Rosenfels, who came to the Vikings this spring in a trade with Houston for a fourth-round draft pick. "But in my nine years this is the best football team I've ever been on. We have so much talent. If the team needs this year – when the team needs me this year – I'm going to be ready. I'm going to play playoff-caliber football for this team if the team needs me. I'm going to keep working as if I was the anointed starter. So from that perspective, my work ethic, my attitude is not going to change."
Jackson wasn't quite as optimistic just hours after finding out about the signing and spending his first practice splitting reps with Favre.
"It's not a good feeling, but you have to take it for what it's worth and try and get better from it," he said.
Jackson had been rumored to say he would seek a trade if Favre was brought in, but he refuted that report.
"I heard about that. I never said that. I never said anything like that at all," Jackson said.
Asked if he was going to try to leave the Vikings, Rosenfels said he hadn't thought that far ahead.
"I don't know. I haven't really thought about that. I'm just trying to get my ankle fixed right now. It's feeling pretty good for the most part, but just trying to get that right. I haven't even really thought about that stuff," he said.
Childress got together with his quarterbacks, including John David Booty, in the morning and told them that Favre was coming. A couple hours later, Childress was driving Favre onto the Winter Park grounds with an onrush of fans converging on his vehicle.
There were no great words of wisdom exchanged between Favre and the other quarterbacks on the field. Jackson said he didn't really talk to Favre and Rosenfels said his conversations were mostly about the offense and creating a list of common NFL acquaintances.
"We mostly talked about the offense and we have some players and coaches in our history together that I've played with that he's played with – Mike Flanagan and Mike Sherman, Craig Nall, some other guys that we know – those types of things," Rosenfels said. "And trying to learn the offense. He's a teammate and I'm on this team, he's on this team. At the end of the day, it's the Vikings trying to be the best that we can possibly be, and if he has questions for me I'd be more than happy to help him."
Just four days earlier, Rosenfels looked like he had gained an advantage on the starting job by completing 10 of 13 passes in his preseason Vikings debut, and he was pleased with that performance.
"I was excited to get out there the other night and thought I played pretty well. I thought that I really have a good grasp for this offense, it's sort of come naturally to me obviously the last few weeks," he said. "… There are so many good guys on this team, good players on this team that for some reason if the team needs me and I wasn't ready it would be a disservice to all those guys and to myself."
Second-year quarterback John David Booty was in a cooperative mood as well. He gave up his No. 4 jersey and emerged from the locker room wearing No. 9. Apparently, it cost Favre nothing to obtain the number, with Booty saying Favre earned that right.
"There was never even a discussion (about money)," Booty said. "With all the talk that's gone on it's always kind of been my deal just to give it to him."
Booty, a second-year pro, realizes this could be a chance to learn from a legend.
"You better believe it. He's one of the best to ever play," Booty said. "Last year I had the privilege to work with Gus (Frerotte), who had been around a long time. Now Brett. Hopefully I'll learn everything I possibly can."
Somewhere along the line, one of the quarterbacks will likely be gone, either being cut or traded. Some observers figure the team will look to trade Jackson, but Childress said he hasn't even thought about that yet.
"It's something I guess we'll know in a few weeks when they make the final cuts and who makes the team," Booty said. "I can't worry about that."
Quarterbacks react to Favre signing
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