Reports: Brett Favre to Sign With Vikings

By Mark Maske
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 18, 2009; 12:25 PM

Quarterback Brett Favre is expected to sign a contract Tuesday with the Minnesota Vikings to come out of retirement again and play for the team this season, according to several reports.

Favre reportedly is scheduled to join the club and undergo a physical and, barring any unexpected snags, is to sign a one-year deal worth at least $10 million.

Favre declined an invitation by the Vikings to report to training camp with them last month, saying at the time he wasn't certain that he could play a full season at this point in his career at a level of performance he considered satisfactory. Vikings Coach Brad Childress said at the time that the club would not renew its pursuit of Favre.

But Favre also left open the possibility even then that he would change his mind if the Vikings called him during the season.

It would mark the second straight offseason that Favre has come out of retirement to resume his playing career.

Childress confirmed Tuesday to the Associated Press that Favre was traveling to Minneapolis and told the AP in an e-mail that the team would sign Favre later in the day "in a perfect world."

WCCO-TV in Minneapolis first reported that Favre is expected to sign a contract Tuesday afternoon with the Vikings. WISN-TV in Milwaukee had reported earlier that Favre and his wife, Deanna, had boarded a plane with a Vikings logo on it in Hattiesburg, Miss., to travel to Minneapolis.

The Vikings and Favre reportedly had an agreement for a one-year, approximately $10 million contract in place when Favre declined to report to training camp, telling Childress at the time that he would stay retired.

That decision shocked many people within the NFL who had assumed that Favre would play for the Vikings this season.

Favre underwent offseason surgery for the partially torn biceps tendon that plagued him last season while he was with the New York Jets, and he spent part of his summer working out with a high school team near his home in Mississippi.

When Favre rejected the Vikings last month, he told ESPN: "It was the hardest decision I've ever made. I didn't feel like physically I could play at a level that was acceptable... I had to be careful not to commit for the wrong reasons. They were telling me, 'You went through all this, you had the surgery and you've got to finish it off.' But I have legitimate reasons for my decision. I'm 39 with a lot of sacks to my name."

But signing with the Vikings would enable Favre, who turns 40 in October, to play two games this season against the Green Bay Packers, his longtime team that he left last summer after clashing with the club, and General Manager Ted Thompson in particular.

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