It is nothing new to hear of Brett Favre taking his time to make a decision on whether or not to retire. In the meantime, should the division champion Minnesota Vikings pursue other quarterback options for the 2010 season?
Rumors have been circulating around various sites and programs that the Vikings could make a case to bring Philadelphia QB Donovan McNabb to Minneapolis. Another possibility is the speculation that Florida Gators QB Tim Tebow could be taken as a late first-round draft pick, if not a second or third round pick.
We all know Favre does not want to play second fiddle to another quarterback. As far as I can see, offering up players to get to McNabb would probably force Favre, who has come off of his best season in the NFL, to retire.
McNabb, despite working with Brad Childress for years in Philadelphia, has yet to obtain a Super Bowl victory with the Eagles. Knowing that the Vikings do not want to get rid of any of their young star players, like Sidney Rice or Visanthe Shiancoe, or even their veterans like Jared Allen, a McNabb-Childress reunion is unlikely.
However, with one year left on his contract, Philadelphia may be able to ask for less in exchange for the 11-year veteran if no other teams step into trade talks.
Ideally, Minnesota could pick up a quarterback from the 2010 draft. With Tebow's performance in practice for the Senior Bowl, the talk has been that Tebow would go as a late first-round or a second round pick.
Minnesota falls right into that category—late in the first round.
Step back and look at the final years of Favre's tenure at Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers was Favre's backup from 2005 to 2007. Learning from the future Hall-of-Famer, Rodgers rumbled into the 2008 and 2009 seasons, passing for more than 4,000 yards each year, and putting up a passer rating of 103.2 this season.
Drafting Tebow could spark an interest from Favre to make a return to the Vikings, where he completed a career-high 68.4 percent of his passes and posted a 107.2 passer rating. Knowing that he could have another young mind to mold, Favre could spend the 2010 season teaching Tebow all the tips and tricks of the trade.
What better active quarterback is there to make your NFL debut behind than Favre?
The receiving core is good, and Favre makes any team better. Drafting and producing another Favre-like quarterback would be the best bet for Minnesota and the years to come.