Report: Brett Favre Nearing The Purple And Gold

NFL News And RumorsAnalyst IJune 25, 2009

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 21:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the New York Jets looks to passs the ball as he is rushed by Lawrence Jackson #95 of the Seattle Seahawks on December 21, 2008 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Jets 13-3. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The saga is over—again. The Vikings have an agreement in principle with quarterback Brett Favre, who will report to Vikings training camp.

Multiple sources, both radio and Internet, are claiming a contract is near completion and that Favre will likely land an incentive-laden, one-year deal that could reach the $8-10 million range. A formal announcement will likely not come until later this week, but the light is green to go—or really it's purple, right?

A formal announcement is even more unlikely with Packer Report stating that Vikings head coach Brad Childress will be fishing in Alaska along with Eagles head coach Andy Reid.

Unless the deal falls through, Favre gives the Vikings a proven top option at quarterback that represents an instant upgrade over Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels, who were expected to compete for the starting job.

Favre's agent, Bus Cook, has denied a deal is finalized, but don't most agents do that as part of their typical protocol?

Speculation intensified when Favre had surgery on his shoulder earlier this offseason, something he would not have done at that time had football not been on his mind.

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From my view, the expected addition of Favre makes the Vikings not just the favorites in their division, but also favorites to win the NFC. If there ever was a final piece to the Vikings' puzzle, Favre is it.

They have a top rushing attack, headlined by All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson, and two burners at wide receiver in Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian to match Favre's gunslinger mentality.

I hope he is not in this solely for the revenge factor of getting to whack the Pack twice this season. He needs to be there mentally for the other 14 games, or it will do nothing but hinder this team.

Knowing Favre, and seeing how he has gotten his way, we could see him in Minnesota beyond 2009 at this point.

P.S. If you are a Madden player, put Favre on your team and try it out, completely amazing!

An NBC-affiliated site was the first to churn out the news.

Also Vikings fans, check this out, your arch rival Cheeseheads made an impact move yesterday.