With all of the speculation and rumors running around the NFL at this time of year it's no wonder that Minnesota Vikings fans once again find themselves caught up in the "Favre Watch Saga". So I would like to take a look at why I think Brett Favre will play for the Minnesota Vikings in 2010 as well as why time is on the Vikes side when it comes to Donnovan McNabb.
Flashback to the NFC Championship game. On 3rd & 15, 19 seconds on the clock, and the score tied at 28. Vikings fans were on the edge of thier seats. Ready to watch Brett Favre do what he was brought to Minnesota to do. Lead his team to a last second victory and the clubs first Superbowl appearance in more than thirty years.
Then it happened, Brett Favre did what Bret Favre does. He threw across his body to the other side of the field and got picked off. Ending The Vikings season and many believed Brett's illustrious carrer. Beaten to an absolute pulp he retreats to Hattiesburg to lick his wounds and start reliving that play in his mind.
If Brett Favre retires now, that play will haunt him for the rest of his life. He will spend the rest of his days driving his tractor around the yard and wondering "what if?". And there is no way in H-E-double hockey sticks that Brett is going to let that happen. His ego, if nothing else, will bring him back for at least one more year. Not to mention the prospect of playing with that team one more time.
My guess is that he has already made up his mind, and Brad Childress and the Wilff's are well aware of his intentions. Brett will skip the off season activities and the majority of training camp and join his team sometime before the first preseason game for his 20th and final NFL season.
So, where does that leave Donovan McNabb?
It's looking more and more like The Eagles are not interested in renewing his contract. Nor do they want to pay the 11.2 Million due for 2010. The Raiders are the apparent front runners having offered their second round pick, 39th overall for the 33 year old QB. And Al Davis is'nt exactly known for wise decisions. Al seems perfectly content to carry both, McNabb and Russel on the roster this year even though it's very unlikely that McNabb would sign an extention past this year.
Childress would love nothing more than to be reunited with the former first round pick. As well, McNabb has stated that he would like to play for Minnesota. So what do the Vikings do?
Let Donovan go to the Raiders and get Al Davis to pony up the greenbacks for the remaining year of Donovans contract. At the end of the season, whether he retires or not, Brett's contract is up and The Vikings have plenty of money freed up to bring in McNabb as a free agent. Everybody wins. Except the Raiders, but thats a whole different article.