Favre: ‘It's not about the money'

Brett Favre spoke with reporters briefly in Mississippi Wednesday morning, and his agent issued a statement to NFL Network. In both accounts, his decision comes down to his health and not his contract.

Bus Cook, the agent for Brett Favre, told the NFL Network's Steve Mariucci this morning that Favre has yet to make a decision on his retirement and that his return is dependent on the health of his ankle, not seeking out a new contract.

Favre confirmed that with very brief answers to the few questions he allowed in Mississippi.

"It's not about money. I don't think they say it's about money either," Favre said, responding to a question about a report that the Vikings have offered him more money. "I've talked to them. They know. They know. I don't know what I'm going to do yet."

Favre was doing some light throwing to players at Oak Grove High School this morning and was cornered in his truck by media members. He made it clear that his delay is not about money, saying that both he and the Vikings are aware of the rehab of his injury and the two sides are discussing a timetable for his potential return if the ankle improves.

Asked if he would play if he's healthy, he said, "If I'm healthy, sure."

Cook told NFL Network that money, which published reports have claimed would increase his 2010 base salary from $13 million to $16 million with incentives that could boost the contract to as much as $20 million, is not part of the process.

"As far as Brett is concerned, in spite of reports to the contrary, Brett's situation has nothing to do with his contract, but everything to do with his health and ability to contribute to that team and play at a level he has been accustomed to playing over the years," Cook told Mariucci. "Brett's ankle, which needed surgery since 2007, was surgically repaired last spring by Dr. James Andrews. Until such time Brett feels he can play at a level that he expects of himself, no decision will be made."

Cook said Andrews is scheduled to meet with Favre next week. The intent is to discuss a game plan for his ongoing rehab and assess the potential of worsening the condition if he was to return to action before the ankle was 100 percent.

As a result of those comments, it would appear that it will be until at least early next week before there is any sort of update on Favre's condition or his plans for 2010.

Back in Minnesota, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said he has always believed Favre's decision would come down to the health of his ankle.

"That is what I have been getting all along," Bevell said. "... If that is what he said (this morning), I always take him for what he says, for what his word is. He has never told me any different."

Bevell reiterated what kicker Ryan Longwell said on Tuesday: Favre struggles with the decision daily.

"I know it's a decision that he wrestles with. He is a great player and great competitor," Bevell said. "He mulls things over, he is an emotional guy and he thinks things through long and hard. He takes his time with his decision. I am not surprised that things started to come out. We will just have to wait and see."

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