Early reports came out Tuesday morning that said Brett Favre would be retiring from the NFL. Eager not to return to mediocrity, the Minnesota Vikings are prepared to offer their starting quarterback from a season ago more money to return for his 20th season in the NFL. Without Favre, NFL betting odds would be less favorable for the Vikings in 2010.
According to multiple sources, Favre informed teammates that he would not be returning to the team with a text message that read “This is it”. The Vikings have reportedly offered Favre $16 million to play next season. That marks a $3 million pay-raise from what would have been his $13 million salary in 2010. There are also incentives tied into the deal that could be worth $4 million.
The three-time NFL MVP had one of his best seasons in 2009, passing for 4,202 yards and 33 touchdowns. He recorded career bests in completion percentage, quarterback rating, and threw the fewest interceptions. NFL betting lines for player propositions would surely be more favorable for Favre, who seems to get better with age.
That brings Favre’s total to $20 million for next season. Meanwhile, Favre continues to make appearances at Hattiesburg, Mississippi’s Oak Grove High School. He wasn’t working hard, but instead thew a few balls to the high school receivers. Favre also helped assistant coaches during drills.
Reporters camping outside the practice were disappointed again as Favre made his exit before giving them an opportunity for an interview. NFL network analyst Steve Mariucci served as Favre’s quarterback coach with the Packers from 1992 to 1995, and offered some insight into the decision, or non-decision by the 11-time Pro Bowler.
“He hasn’t told anybody officially, ‘I’m done,’ ” Mariucci said on “NFL Total Access” on the network. “Right now, he hasn’t retired. He’s still trying to get healthy. He doesn’t know if he’s going to be able to be healthy in time. That’s the question mark right now.”
Favre underwent off-season ankle surgery that he is trying to recover from in time for the regular season. His teammates were rumored to have received text messages from the quarterback confirming his retirement, but some still haven’t gotten word. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe doesn’t know what to think.
“He told a couple guys on our team he’s going to retire,” Shiancoe said after practice on Tuesday. “He hasn’t told me yet. I’m going to check my phone right now, but it hasn’t been said publicly yet so I don’t know what to believe.”
After the Vikings practice Tuesday, head coach Brad Childress called the situation between Favre and the team “fluid”. Childress has made several trips to Mississippi and back, apparently not wanting to take his chances with Sage Rosenfels and Tavaris Jackson.
NFL betting sites temporarily took down the Vikings chances to win Super Bowl XLV yesterday, but have re-released them at +1500 without Favre.