To Be Or Not To Be: Brett Favre In Purple And Gold

Michael TreeceCorrespondent IMay 6, 2009

RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 23: A fan of the New York Jets holds up a Brett Favre sign during the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 23, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Is Purple or Gold considered a shade of Green?

It is official; Brad Childress has stated that he will indeed meet with Brett Favre sometime this week.

Like it or not, it appears the Vikings are interested in Favre, and Favre is interested enough in the Vikings that he is at least considering the possibility of suiting up for one of the Packers' rivals in 2009.

There is no set date yet for the meeting, and it is reported that it will be in an undisclosed location, so the Favre watch has officially begun.

According to multiple sources, a couple of things that may affect this decision are whether or not Favre’s bicep will require surgery, and whether or not Favre is willing to show up for offseason programs for the Vikings, the earliest being in two weeks.

So it appears Brett will make the decision of whether or not to play by next week sometime, or even as early as later this week. Favre would have some incentive to come back, especially since he could play with the Vikings.

For one, the Vikings would have a solid chance at a Superbowl title with an improved offense, and one of the league’s best defenses. The other incentive is that Favre will get to play Green Bay twice every year, and reportedly Favre does not think too highly of the green and yellow.

The Pros

If Brett were to come back and play for the Vikings, he would certainly force teams to focus more on the passing game, and that would give Adrian Peterson the chance to dash through defenses like he did against the Chargers and Bears in his rookie season.

Favre would bring a very accurate long ball to the team, making Bernard Berrian much more effective as well.

Favre would also keep the rest of the Viking quarterbacks on the sideline in 2009, which could be good, or bad.

The Vikings will have a chance on third downs this season as opposed to before, when it has seemed if we do not convert on first or second down, it is get a few more yards for our punter.

The Vikings likely will become a top tier team in the NFC again. Not too many teams have as much talent on both sides of the ball as the Vikings do, and Favre would all but solidify that theory.

A year of Favre could also help Tarvaris Jackson in his development process. He would not have to be in the game, and just sitting out 11 weeks last year helped him a lot.

Jackson actually won NFC player of the week honors against eventual NFC champs Arizona. Another year on the bench would seemingly help him a lot. Plus, if you’re a fan of awards, this move would greatly help Harvin’s chances become rookie of the year too. He would be the "least of problems" on a star-studded Vikings offense.

The Cons

Brett may throw a lot of touchdowns, but he also has a habit of throwing interceptions too. Last year Brett had 22 Touchdowns, and 22 Interceptions. However, that ratio is still higher than Rosenfels’ ratio last year, and is barley under Jackson’s career totals of 20 Touchdowns, and 18 Interceptions.

Favre is also likely just a one year guy, so it would become "make or break" for the Vikings in 2009, unlike everyone else in the division who have all found long term answers at quarterback.

Favre also has a love/hate thing with Viking fans as he played a few too many seasons for that one team in green.

Finally, Brett seemed to tail off at the end of the season. Hopefully that was due to his bicep injury, but if it was not, it could be a long year in Minnesota.

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