Brett Favre has turned his seasonal job into quite a money-maker, especially this year as he is expected to earn more in deferred money and incentives.
Thanks to uncapped season, NFL owners don't have to worry about salary cap ramifications. For the Vikings, that could prove to be a very, very good thing.
When Brett Favre
signed his two-year contract, he did so with the knowledge that it was a near certainty that the 2010 season would be uncapped. As a result, the organization deferred $8 million of the $12 million Favre made in 2009, according to multiple reports. The deferral was made to the 2010 league year, which runs from March 1, 2010 to March 1, 2011. He got one $4 million payment March 15 and will get another $4 million in 2009 salary sometime on or before Feb. 11, 2011. Had Favre decided not to return, he still would have been entitled to his deferred $8 million.
With his 2010 salary being bumped from $13 million to $16 million, during this NFL league year, Favre will receive a minimum of $24 million. If he meets all the incentives that are in the contract, which could be as high as $4 million additional, he could end up making a staggering $28 million in the 2010 year.
Upon hearing this news, you couldn't really blame any of his teammates from being a little bit jealous that he didn't show up for training camp.
To date, Favre's restructured contract hasn't been officially approved by the league and the player's union, but that is expected to be finalized soon.
As expected, Favre is going to start Sunday against the 49ers, but, unlike many other teams that have let their starters play an entire half in the second preseason game, Favre is only expected to play a series or two with the first-team offense. Head coach Brad Childress said he is looking for about 10 plays out of Favre.
Percy Harvin was back at practice Friday, but wasn't in uniform and won't be making the trip to San Francisco for Sunday night's game. He is expected to undergo more tests after his most recent episode, which sent shockwaves through the team. His on-field collapse was the first time many of his teammates had seen the severity of his attacks.
E.J. Henderson, who suited up for last week's game against the Rams, is expected to play with the first-team defense Sunday.
Asher Allen and Lito Sheppard are expected to split series at right cornerback in place of Cedric Griffin. Allen is expected to get the start.
The Vikings worked out former Packer, Bronco and Raider wide receiver Javon Walker, who had the best years of his career with Favre in Green Bay. The team also worked out receiver Brandon Jones, who was released earlier this week from the 49ers.
The reason the Vikings are working out wide receivers are due to questions concerning who will be healthy enough to start the season. Aside from questions about Harvin, there are concerns about Sidney Rice, who isn't sure he will be ready in time for the regular-season opener and felt pain in his hip working out Friday.
The 49ers announced Friday that star wide receiver Michael Crabtree (neck) and Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis (knee) won't play in Sunday's game with the Vikings.