Adrian Peterson Would Welcome Brett Favre to the Vikings

Andy SmithCorrespondent IJune 27, 2009

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 16: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up for play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 16, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Vikings, who have been in dire need of a quarterback for the past four years, are currently involved in the ongoing Favre saga.

In a league where the quarterback is the most important position, it also has been the crippling point for a Vikings team already loaded with the talent and ability to make a run at its first Super Bowl in franchise history. 

After his release from the New York Jets in April, retired Brett Favre has recently been reported to have a contractual agreement with the Vikings.

He admitted on HBO's Joe Buck Live in early June that he had received surgery from well-known orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in mid-May to repair a partially torn bicep tendon.

Although Vikings head coach Brad Childress and other front office officials have been mum on the Favre subject, one Pro Bowl running back isn't keeping quiet.

Last year's rushing leader, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, has admitted he would welcome Brett Favre to the Minnesota Vikings.

When talking about Favre, Peterson told the Associated Press, "You're talking about a Hall of Fame quarterback, a guy I grew up watching. I love just the passion he played with." He also told the press, "If he is a part of our team when the season comes around, when training camp comes around, we're going to welcome him with open arms and see where the chips fall."

Regarding the quarterback situation, the Vikings were supposed to enter training camp with newly-acquired Sage Rosenfels, who was traded from the Houston Texans for draft picks. Rosenfels was expected to compete with three-year pro Tavaris Jackson at training camp for the starting QB position.

However, that may change very soon if the Vikings do sign Favre and make him the starter for the 2009-10 season.

Adrian Peterson has said he'll tell coach Brad Childress and top Vikings officials what he thinks, but admits he doesn't want to get tangled up in deciding whether to pursue Brett Favre or stick with their current quarterbacks.

The Vikings are hoping that the QB competition will create a better Rosenfels or Jackson in the end.

In the end, Peterson said, "I know our coach is going to do the right job, and at the end of the day, his job is having the best team possible to win games. That’s his job, so I’m going to let him handle his job and I’m going to do my job.”

So, whether or not the Minnesota Vikings will eventually sign Brett Favre or stick with their two competing QBs is unknown at this time. But now everyone knows who Adrian Peterson is hoping to be his QB.

In the end, for a Vikings offense in much need of a solid quarterback, whomever they choose may just be the deciding factor in their shot at defending their NFC North title this year.