Vikings coach Brad Childress has given Favre a deadline of this week to inform the Vikings on his plans to play this year. As far as a news story, this means nothing.
Brett Favre probably won't adhere to the deadline, because, as those good old "sources" say, Favre isn't sure if his arm will hold up at this point. ESPN's Ed Werder said this morning that he thinks Favre will ask the Vikings to wait until the end of June, when Favre "has a better understanding of how his arm will be."
I believe Favre will do something similar to that, believing that if he requests it, he doesn't have to participate in all of the boring "team" stuff that he hates, and he can show up just in time for training camp.
If the Vikings don't grant him that request, he can just go on his public relations tour, telling any media outlet that will listen that the Vikings didn't do exactly what he wanted them to do.
That way, the Vikings fans that thought he was the most overrated player in the game and loathed him for years (but now think he is awesome) will pressure the team into signing him.
A friend of mine, a lifelong Viking fan, wants Favre on his team under certain conditions. If he is healthy and wants to be a member of the team, he wants him. If he, however, doesn't want to do anything until training camp, and wants his own private office to be away from everyone like he did with the Jets, he thinks Favre should stay home.
Well, Brad Childress feels the same way.
Brad is a no-nonsense kind of guy, and either Favre wants to play, or he doesn't. It's obvious to everyone who slightly follows football that Favre wants to play for the Vikings, but the problem is that he wants to play for them on (SURPRISE!) his terms only.
If the Vikings don't follow his terms, the fan backlash will be large. The only question remaining is—Are Brad Childress and the Vikings willing to do what Favre tells them to do?