As expected, Brett Favre was a hot topic of questioning from the fans and Spielman said the Vikings are putting neither pressure nor a timetable in front of Favre as he mulls his decision whether to return for a 20th NFL season.
"I think you go ahead and let Brett decide what he wants to do," Spielman said. "I know the organization – from our ownership, from our coaches and, I think, from our fans out there – we would love to have Brett Favre back for another year and see if we can make another run at this."
Spielman added, however, that the Vikings won't let Favre's eventual decision deter from their offseason plans, although it's hard to believe that if the Vikings aren't convinced Favre is coming back that they wouldn't look to a trade for a veteran like Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb or use a high draft pick on quarterback. The Vikings still have Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson (a restricted free agent when the final capped year ends March 5), who were the first two options entering training camp last year. Spielman said the Vikings are doing the same due diligence in their pre-draft and pre-free agency meetings as they have done in previous years, exploring what options are available.
"We are in the process of all our meetings," Spielman said. "We'll evaluate any potential trades out there. We'll look and see if there is anyone who gets cut. We'll look and see what we have and re-evaluate where we are at with Sage and T-Jack. We'll also evaluate this draft very closely – if there is a young, talented quarterback out there. I don't expect we'll see (Oklahoma's) Sam Bradford (still on the board). I don't know about (Notre Dame's) Jimmy Clausen. We're going to be looking at (Florida's Tim) Tebow, (Texas' Colt) McCoy – all those top quarterbacks – and if any of those guys have the potential to come in and help us, then we will definitely look at that in the draft as well."
In short, the Favre Watch is still in its early stages and there is no real pressure to get something done now. Will that change in March when free agency begins? Will it change draft weekend in April? Possibly. But for now, the Vikings are likely staking their short-term future on the gut feeling of will Favre be back or won't he? Guessing right on that question will likely be the key to what direction the Vikings go in the coming months. Guessing wrong could lead to problems that aren't even on the horizon at this point.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.