Brett Favre Offseason Retirement Saga Returns Now Summer of 2010

Daniel DinunzioAnalyst IJuly 21, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14:  Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre arrives at the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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This is one storyline that seems to never change.  As it has been the past three summers, Brett Favre is once again on the fence about whether or not he wants to return for a 20th season.

What makes this season much more different than any in the past is the condition of his surgically repaired left ankle.  If Favre doesn't think his ankle is healthy enough for him to have the mobility he needs to play, then he is not coming back.

Then again, as it was last season with the torn bicep, the only person that really knows what is going on here is Brett himself.

Each of the last three seasons Favre's year has ended with an interception.  This last one with the Vikings had to have hurt the most, considering he was a Ryan Longwell field goal away from reaching the Super Bowl.

Once again Favre has come out and thrown passes to high school players down in Mississippi.  Just yesterday coach Brad Childress met with Favre to discuss how his off-season was going and the status of his left ankle. 

This Minnesota Vikings team is built for another run at the Super Bowl, but who knows if Favre is going to be the quarterback of this team.

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As the Vikings open up training camp next week there is no set deadline on when Favre needs to make up his mind.  It will have to be earlier then last season because Minnesota opens the season against New Orleans on a Thursday night.

"The deadline? I don't know,'' Favre said Tuesday. "There obviously comes a point where you've probably gone too far, where you just have to move on. He hopes I make the right decision for myself -- one way or the other."

There's no doubt that Favre has the desire and itch to play football this season.  The big problem is his body has been broken down and beaten over the years.  As an NFL quarterback for 19 seasons, the injuries start to rack-up and with old-age all it takes is one hit.

The Brett Favre Saga will only continue to heat up as August approaches.  There's been speculation of Brett's retirement at least three times now over the last few years. 

Only Brett Favre the gunslinger himself can make that decision.  Until the Minnesota Vikings open the season with a quarterback other than Brett Favre, I still think he is coming back to give it one more shot.

Why not?  After the unbelievable statistical season he had last year, if he is healthy he can still compete at a high level.