Source on Favre: Now it's not over

A Vikings source said the team thought Brett Favre was retiring within the last 24 hours and now it's back to being an unknown. One of Favre's long-time friends confirmed that he's still undecided.

A Vikings source confirmed that the team thought "it was over" – that Brett Favre was retiring within the last 24 hours. But now – now being late afternoon Tuesday, for the record – it's still very much up in the air.

According to the source, the team doesn't believe it is being held hostage for more money but that Favre is simply struggling with his decision.

Kicker Ryan Longwell talked with Favre at least twice on Tuesday, once in the morning before he knew of the reports circulating that Favre had informed some people within the team that he was retiring and then again after Longwell was informed of reports following the morning practice.

Longwell, who has had a long-standing friendly relationship with Favre since their days together with the Packers, said at about 5 p.m. Central that Favre has made no decision on his retirement but that he is genuinely struggling with it.

"I don't even know what was reported. All I know is that Brett and I have been together for a decade now and I think probably four or five of those years, there's been retirement talk four or five of those years," Longwell said following the afternoon practice. "To say that we haven't talked about retirement would be a lie, but I haven't heard anything that he's planning on retiring this year."

Even after talking with Favre multiple times on Tuesday, Longwell said he still doesn't have a feeling on Favre one way or another.

"Obviously he's been hemming and hawing for the last couple of years, much like he has this offseason," Longwell said. "Certainly there was no drop-dead decision or end date last night or the night before or anything like that, that he had told anybody. Whether he was leaning one way or not, I don't know. Certainly it was news to us when we woke up this morning."

Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe essentially confirmed the Tuesday morning reports when told ESPN radio that he heard Favre was telling teammates he was retiring. But now he's not sure either.

Asked for his best guess on who would be the starting quarterback for the Vikings' season opener in New Orleans, Shiancoe said, "My gut feeling is that it's going to be No. 4. … Hopefully it happens like that."

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