Today Brett Favre signed a two-year, $25 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings, three weeks after head coach Brad Childress’ imposed deadline for Favre to arrive to camp.
Favre's signing might come as a surprise to some, but for many experts, it was expected. Brett Favre has notoriously been known for his hatred of training camp, plus Favre would only come back when he is ready, regardless of deadlines.
Favre's signing gives the Vikings some new hope with their quarterback position, as the newly acquired Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson have not pleased anyone in Minnesota, including Childress.
"This is the weekend Brett decided he wanted to come back. And I'm not sure either side ever closed the door," Bus Cook, Favre's agent, told ESPN.
During the first preseason game Rosenfels drove the Vikings on two scoring drives, finishing 10-for-13 for 91 yards, while Jackson struggled against the Indianapolis Colts' second-string defense.
Minnesota will now have a 10-time Pro Bowler at the helm, something they have missed since in 2004 with Daunte Culpepper.
The Vikings appear to be the frontrunner in an NFC North where three teams—the Vikings, Bears, and Lions—will be sporting new starting quarterbacks this season.
The Bears went out and traded for Pro Bowler Jay Cutler, while the Lions drafted Georgia’s Matthew Stafford and signed Culpepper midseason; the Vikings, of course, signed Brett Favre.
Minnesota’s eighth-ranked yards per game offense will be even more dangerous with Favre in control. Teams will no longer be able to stack the box to attempt to stop the league's No. 2 rush offense and Adrian Peterson, thus opening up running lanes for the NFL's most dangerous back.
In addition to Peterson, the stats of wide receivers Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice, and Bobby Wade will improve from the league's 21st-ranked pass offense. Favre's knowledge of the playbook and the NFC North will help expand the Vikings offense.
First-round draft pick Percy Harvin will add a new dimension to the Vikings offense that has been missing in years past.
Favre is bringing along some baggage with him to Minnesota after his very scrutinized public divorce with Green Bay and late-season collapse with the Jets, costing coach Eric Mangini his job and the Jets a spot in the playoffs.
Dr. James Andrews discovered a slight tear in Favre's rotator cuff and performed offseason surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon but says the injury shouldn’t be a factor this season.
It is safe to say the Vikings will be a much-improved team with Favre as their starting quarterback compared to the inconsistent Jackson and Rosenfels.
If Favre is injury-free this season and able to play within his element, without having to do too much, the Vikings will be a tough team to beat and will be playing in January.
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