Brett Favre to the Vikings? Where It Stands Right Now

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IMay 8, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 14:  Brett Favre #4 of the New York Jets looks to pass against the Buffalo Bills on December 14, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

If you are lost in the roller coaster ride that is Brett Favre possibly coming out of retirement to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, you may not be alone.

It seems this story has a life of it's own, and it just may be driving fans absolutely insane.

Oh, it is? Gotcha.

So in case you have motion sickness from this coaster, I am here to break down where this story stands right now.

Get a pen and paper out, you might need notes.

On April 29, the Jets officially released quarterback Brett Favre from the reserve/retired list, meaning if he were to come out of retirement, he would be free to sign with whichever team he chose.

Many media members thought that with the Jets selection of quarterback Mark Sanchez at No. 5 overall, Favre asked for his release because he knew he would get it. If Favre returned under contract with the Jets, his contract would count $13 million towards the salary cap. The Jets had around $12 million in salary cap space.

In order to avoid a case like this, the Jets released Favre so they wouldn't have to worry about the issue later.

On April 30, many sources reported Favre had asked for his release twice from the Jets. That is where the speculation of Brett signing with the Minnesota Vikings began.

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Some people said this was his chance to get back at Packers General Manager Ted Thompson for not accepting him back in 2008; others said this was Favre just wanting to sign a one-day contract to retire a Packer.

On May 1, Vikings head coach Brad Childress was asked if the team would make a run at Favre.

"I haven't had time to do much aside from reeling in this draft," Childress said. "We've had staff clinics this week from 8 to noon every day, then getting back and putting this mini-camp together, and then see our guys that are in the building.

I'm more focused on the guys that are here participating in the offseason program. I'm more focused on our three quarterbacks right now, Tarvaris (Jackson) and Sage (Rosenfels) and J.D. (Booty) that are progressing through our offseason program."

Childress did say the team would discuss Favre at a later date.

Fast foward to May 5, when reports that Childress and Favre had planned to meet erupted across the NFL world.

That day, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that Favre had agreed to go through a minor surgery and that the two sides could get a deal done very quickly.

The next day, May 6, Rich Schwartz of Yahoo! Sports reported that according to a source close to the team, Favre had a telephone conversation with Childress and that he had told the coach that he wanted to stay retired.

At that time, many—including me—thought this story was finally over.

Today, I learned a lesson that any reporting on Brett Favre is not always 100 percent accurate.

According to Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Favre sent X-rays of his shoulder to the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday.

The newspaper also reported that if Favre's shoulder would not require any major surgery, he would sign with the Vikings.

ESPN's Jeremy Schaap also reported Friday that the Vikings' medical doctors were in the process of evaluating the X-rays.

So here we stand, not knowing what is true and what is completely false.

I hope I have painted a clear picture of this whole process for you.

It's a shame I might run out of paint by the time this story finds a conclusion.