Vikings Talking Favre: A Smart Move

Nic LaneContributor IMay 5, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 11: A fan of Brett Favre #4  poses before the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings on November 11, 2007 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Gregg Doyel of recently called out Brett Favre fans asking why they continue to support the future-Hall of Famer. 

He reasons that Favre is merely destroying his relationship with every fan base that may still tolerate him.

(Those interested can check it out here:

Now I don't know that I would go that far.  As far as media coverage is concerned, Favre has definitely over-extended his welcome.  But is he entirely to blame for that?  If the man still wants to play, and there is a team out there who is willing to invest him, why criticize either party? 

Enter the Minnesota Vikings

If there is any one aspect of Doyel's article that he and I are totally agreement on, it's that the Vikings lack an edge.  And if they don't do something soon, they could lack a stadium, given their troubles with their state legislature.

There's something about all of this that reminds me of the Dallas Mavericks and their trade for Jason Kidd last year. 

Roundly criticized at the time of its inception, the trade has certainly panned out for both parties. The Mavericks have been shaken up to the point to where they're actually making noise in the playoffs and Kidd's revitalization has certainly been some part in that.  The New Jersey Nets, the team that traded away Kidd, got a budding superstar point guard to build around in Devin Harris. 

The Vikings are in a similar position to the Mavericks.

For instance, they have a very solid foundation in place, yet the franchise seems to be stagnating.

Their offense, with all of its potent weapons, could use a new instigator, someone to put all the pieces together.  Because let's face it, Viking nation, Sage Rosenfels isn't the cure for what's ailing the quarterback position in Minnesota. 

The team needs something new to put fans back in their seats.  Remember how long it took to sell out their last play-off game?  Yeah, I've been trying to forget too. 

And most importantly, age will not be as much of a factor.  Favre, like Kidd in his last stop, was a superstar trying to carry the weight of a young team.  His new destination won't require as such a strain, with veteran stars Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen, and Antoine Winfield already in place. 

Not to mention less strain on his arm, given how much less effort it takes to hand the ball off behind that amazing o-line than it does to throw your team back into a game.

To me, all of this means a bit of a career resurgence.

So will he make the leap to Minnesota?

Favre will have plenty of weapons.  He will be exactly where he wants to be, unlike last year's fiasco.  The Vikings won't even have to trade to get him.

And he'll have a chance to go out a hero.  Tarvaris and Sage both will only benefit from watching him.

Kidd's career was supposed to be pretty much over as well, remember?  He's leading his team in the playoffs.