No one knows exactly when Favre will come back. Not even Favre himself. It would be a lot easier if he informed us on when he was coming back, but that's just not how Favre rolls.
Last offseason Favre came back during week two of the preseason. He made it clear that he really didn't want to go through training camp.
He got what he wanted and joined the team during the second week of the preseason.
From judging this and how well last season went, I have come up with three scenarios on when he could rejoin the team he took to the NFC championship.
The main thing that will offset all these thoughts is if he decides not to get ankle surgery.
So keep in mind I am writing all three of these, assuming that he's getting ankle surgery.
From judging this and how well last season went, I have come up with three scenarios on when he could rejoin the club he took to the NFC championship.
I am almost certain he'll come back, it's just a matter of when.
There is a good chance Favre skips training camp and rejoins the team just before the start of week one of the preseason. I am not expecting a huge, shocking return as we witnessed last season.
What I expect to be a possibility is that he'll fly into Minnesota a few days before the first game against the Rams.
This is probably the best case scenario of the three. However it's not guaranteed to happen.
It's also the least exciting scenario of the three, and everyone knows Favre craves for attention.
Favre knows that his teammates and fan base want him back. He already has great chemistry with the offense and it will only take a week or less to get it back.
He also proved to us last year that he can do well in the dome which is somewhere that he struggled at in years passed.
As mentioned before this is the best scenario and will most likely happen.
With Favre, anything could happen. This is a good possibility for many reasons.
First off, Favre could still feel pain in his ankle after he gets surgery. When he starts throwing to the high school students in Mississippi, his ankle could bother him to a degree that he can't play football anymore.
So decides not to return. He doesn't want to go through the pain during the football season and believes he won't do well with this problem.
As the preseason rolls along, Vikings coach Brad Childress watches quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels in disgust.
He doesn't like the team's chances as a Superbowl contender, so he calls up Favre on a weekly basis before week one of the NFL season begins and basically begs him to come back.
After long thought out talks, Favre lets Childress know that he can't do it, but there's still a possibility.
So as week one approaches Favre starts to think about how much his team and fans need him.
He also would love to get revenge on the New Orleans Saints. He then calls Childress up and lets him know that he's going to get the team back to the playoffs to make another run at the Superbowl.
He gets all hype and attention leading up to the rematch game against the Saints and happily brings the love back to Minnesota.
I believe that there's a good chance that he pulls this off.
The chances of this happening aren't likely, but it's still very possible for good reasons.
Favre has informed the Vikings that he's not going to play and has decided to call it quits. He doesn't want to embarrass himself with a terrible ankle going into the season. He pictures trying to get revenge on the Saints won't happen with his situation.
The Vikings go into the season with Tarvaris Jackson beating out Sage Rosenfels for the starting job.
So Jackson leads the Vikings into week one against the Saints at New Orleans. The Vikings lose by an embarrassing margin and Jackson looks horrible.
Then week two comes along and the Vikings disappoint the home crowd by losing to the Dolphins by 10. Vikings fans are disappointed and have no hope of going to the Super Bowl.
Week three comes and the Vikings beat the Lions by 14, but still do not look like a playoff team. Tarvaris looks average, and still disappoints Vikings fans.
As the bye week comes, things aren't looking good for the Vikings. The players are disappointed in Jackson and don't see a leader in him. Fans have no hope in their favorite team.
Childress looks at the situation and thinks the only way to solve all the problems is to convince Favre to come back.
Favre gets the call and falls into a great situation. He has the opportunity to be the savior for the Minnesota Vikings and compete for the Super Bowl.
His ankle is healing up and he feels that a little soreness won't stop him from coming back. He's on the cover of sports illustrated and gets all the hype he wants.
He flies up to Minnesota and agrees to a one year contract. He gets back in touch with the players and feels the miracle season starting all over again.