The Minnesota Vikings and Brett Favre: What Can We Expect?

Andy SmithCorrespondent IJune 26, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the New York Jets talks on the sidelines during the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 23, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

No, the Brett Favre saga has not ended, at least not yet.

But in recent weeks there has been plenty of speculation regarding Favre and the Minnesota Vikings. Many sites, including, have been reporting that both sides already have a deal organized and are just waiting for the right time to make the announcement.

How organized is anyone's guess, but there is no doubt in my mind—Favre will be playing for the Minnesota Vikings this year.

For a team that has had quarterback issues ever since they dealt Daunte Culpepper away, the Vikings are taking a big risk with Favre.

Yes, we all know about his three league MVP's and all the records and career starts, but let's face the facts—Favre is getting old. He turns 40 in October, and it makes you wonder how well his body can stay together.

It wasn't able to hold up last year in his 18th season, where he parted ways with the Green Bay Packers in ugly fashion to be traded to the New York Jets.

There, he played phenomenal at the beginning of the season, getting the Jets to a record of 8-3, only to have his arm give out on him. The Jets, behind his bum arm, lost four of their last five games and, more importantly, a shot at the playoffs.

Now, the Vikings are on the cusp of getting the hall of fame quarterback (barring any health problems arise with his throwing arm) to lead their team in '09, but at an old age, you have to wonder what's left in the "Brett Favre Tank."

The Vikings already know what Favre has as a veteran quarterback, and it's something they feel they need on their team—for one year.

The Vikings get Favre, a legendary quarterback in the NFL that has a gun slinging arm and is able to throw deep passes. He has the ability to read defenses and always find the open man, whether that man happens to be on his own team or not.

The biggest issue for Favre, though, has been his gun slinging throws that manage to fall into the wrong hands. Favre holds the record for most career TDs—unfortunately, he also owns the record for the most interceptions.

That is one thing Vikings fans dread—his knack to be a bit wild with the ball at times.

Favre also brings leadership and character to the Vikings locker room, not that they need more of that with some of the players they have already.

The biggest thing with taking Favre now is you are risking a lot bringing him in. He may already know the system "pretty well," seeing as how it was a similar system in Green Bay, but Favre is not what he used to be.

Vikings head coach Brad Childress also takes a big risk after several years of faith and devotion to young Tavaris Jackson, who he and the front office picked in the 2006 draft to be their franchise quarterback.

For Childress, this may be the last chance to try and do something amazing with an already talent-filled roster.

Vikings fans have been wanting Childress fired since he took over for Mike Tice, and if the Favre/Childress era fails, Childress could find himself out the door in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Vikings have been considered one of the teams in shape for a Super Bowl run, however, the Vikings QB issue has been the hurdle. Whether Favre can get them over that hurdle is a question that we won't know until the NFL regular season starts.

But the Minnesota Vikings, who will try and defend their NFC North title this year, are looking for more than just one and done in the playoffs. If Favre can get them past that, then he may be crowned the savior of the purple.

So, to a Minnesota Vikings team, you're taking a big risk, let's hope you see a reward!