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Brett Favre in purple and gold? The rumors mount

Reports say “retired” Green Bay Packers and New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre may soon meet with Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress about possibly continuing his career in the Twin Cities.

As you recall, Favre retired from the Packers, unretired and joined the Jets and then retired again. He asked New York to release him rather than place him on the retired list, an ominous sign that he may play yet again. Looks like he’s unretired.

Let’s face it, if Minnesota does sign Favre, it wouldn’t be that huge of a surprise. Favre and the Packers parted on bitter terms, and what better way to rub it in your former team’s face than to go to a division rival? Besides that, it’s not like Minnesota has a lot of depth at quarterback. They currently have three on their roster (after having released journeyman Gus Frerotte in February):

Sage Rosenfels, a nine-year veteran out of Iowa State who’s so far been a journeyman in his career; Tarvaris Jackson, a four-year veteran out of Alabama State and John David Booty, a two-year veteran out of USC.

The depth chart currently lists Jackson the starter, Rosenfels the backup and Booty the third string. If Minnesota had a solid starting quarterback, Favre would probably be talking to another team (last season, the Vikings were 25th in pass yards at 184.8 per game). Rosenfels hasn’t had a particularly remarkable carrers, Jackson’s a work in progress and Booty has two things going against him: 1) He’s never thrown a pass (or even taken a snap) in an NFL game and 2) He wears #4, Favre’s number. Coincidentally, I think it’ll be a while down the road before Green Bay retires Favre’s number.

When I think of NFL retirements, I am reminded of this funny quote from San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Randy Cross when he retired after the 1988 season: “I’m not a boxer. I’m only going to do this once.”

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