Moving toward a last-second decision
Brett Favre confirmed the essence of Ed Werder's weekend report Wednesday afternoon, telling an Associated Press reporter that his surgically repaired arm feels "pretty good," but stopping short of making a commitment to play for Minnesota this season.
Favre did say he will give Vikings officials an answer by the time training camp starts, and the story referenced the date of July 30. My understanding is that most players will be reporting to camp on the night of July 29, but the official reporting deadline is the morning of the 30th. The Vikings' first practice is July 31 at 10 a.m. ET.
As we noted Sunday, Favre really doesn't have much incentive to sign a contract before then. I doubt he considers the team's ticket sales to be a personal priority, and no one is working out at the team's facility right now. Furthermore, he doesn't need to sign a contract in order to work out with other Vikings players, as long as it is off-site.
And while we're on that topic, Favre reportedly has been working out with high school players three times a week in Mississippi. If he's serious about playing for the Vikings this season, wouldn't it make some sense to fly in some of their receivers? Just a thought.
Darren Woodson weighs in on the timing of Brett Favre's decision on whether to play for the Minnesota Vikings this season.