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Favre: No decision made on possible retirement

Quarterback Brett Favre told ESPN Wednesday he hasn't made a decision about retirement and will play for the Minnesota Vikings this season if he's healthy enough to do so.

Favre told the network that he plans to play a second season for the Vikings and a 20th season in the NFL if his surgically repaired ankle heals, but he has concerns about its current condition. Favre underwent ankle surgery in May.

According to ESPN, Favre denied informing some members of the Vikings organization in recent days that he intends to retire, and said a reported raise being offered by the Vikings for him to play another season will not be a factor in his decision.

"It's not about money," Favre told ESPN.

Favre told the network that he has a timetable in mind for making a decision but declined to specify what it is.

Favre's agent, Bus Cook, told the league-owned NFL Network that Favre has an appointment scheduled for next week to be examined by orthopedist James Andrews.

"As far as Brett is concerned, in spite of reports to the contrary, Brett's situation has nothing to do with his contract, but everything to do with his health and ability to contribute to that team and play at a level that he has been accustomed to playing over the years," Cook told the league's television channel. "Brett's ankle, which needed surgery since 2007, was surgically repaired this last spring by Dr. James Andrews. Until such time Brett feels he can play at a level that he expects of himself, no decision will be made.

"Brett has an appointment to see Dr. Andrews next week and will know more at that time. Brett continues working every day, rehabbing his ankle and will see after his visit with Dr. Andrews what his status is at that time."

Favre was at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Miss., Wednesday and warmed up with members of the school's football team, according to reports.

The Vikings are offering Favre a deal worth as much as $20 million, including $16 million in guaranteed money and an additional $4 million in possible incentives, to play this season, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Favre is scheduled to make $13 million this season, if he plays, under the terms of his current contract with the Vikings. He signed a two-year, $25 million deal with the club before last season.

An NFL source confirmed multiple reports Tuesday that Favre, who turns 41 in October, informed some members of the Vikings organization that he intends to retire. According to the Associated Press, Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said that Favre sent text messages to some players on the team saying he planned to retire.

Vikings Coach Brad Childress said at a news conference Tuesday that he hadn't been told by Favre that the quarterback will retire, and left open the possibility of Favre playing this season.

Favre led the Vikings to the NFC title game last season and finished fourth in the NFL most valuable player voting.

He has announced his retirement twice previously, only to return and play each time.

By Mark Maske  |  August 4, 2010; 12:27 PM ET  | Category:  Vikings Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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who here cares whether favre plays or not? talk about a drama queen: who CARES!

Posted by: dcjazzman | August 5, 2010 12:24 AM

Brett Favre decides to retire. No, un-retire. No, send nude pics to 20 year olds. WTF is going on?

Read the article here to find out.


Posted by: eye95 | August 4, 2010 9:23 PM

Yo, Brett, just retire and go milk cows! You're the biggest drama queen in sports.

Posted by: randysbailin | August 4, 2010 6:55 PM

I do hope Brett Favre plays, he is still a top-10 QB, however please just shut up and go away until you decide. Favre laps up the pub like a kitten with milk. We all know that he definitley put out messages that he was quiting, checked the response nd came back today with the appropriate back-peddaling wrapped in a denial. I really was a Favre fan before the last few years of media indulgent garbage.

Posted by: np2131 | August 4, 2010 6:27 PM

I hope he comes back...he gives hope and inspiration to those of us over 40 living in the shadows of the legend we think we once were.

Posted by: detman | August 4, 2010 4:36 PM

with brette, you just have to wait for the midway point of training camp and see what he thinks then...he just loves the media attention he gets from all this speculation. and the media eats it up like strawberries and cream, and holds football fans hostage by reporting on him and not the players on the field trying to earn a spot on a roster, trying to get in shape, learn new systems, you know all that football stuff. go away little boy....

Posted by: joerutgens72 | August 4, 2010 4:29 PM

Screw the haters, I hope he comes back and destroys your team.

Posted by: ozpunk | August 4, 2010 2:45 PM

I'm a Huge Brett fan. He's got heart and I hope he returns. He's not playing for the money, he's playing for the game and fans. That's very respectful. I just hope we have at least one more year with Brett.

Posted by: amer794 | August 4, 2010 2:36 PM

I hope Brett gets crushed into little bits this season.

I'm so tired of this crap.

Except for jock sniffer Barno, who cares?

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 4, 2010 2:11 PM

Brett Favre is one of the classiest guys in all of sports and has done nothing wrong in the last several off-seasons. The problem is with the media's reporting of false rumors, not with anything Favre has done. He should be able to decide when he wants to retire on whatever timetable he is most comfortable with--he has earned that right with the HOF career he has had.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 4, 2010 1:22 PM

Chelsea, Bristol, Levi, and now can we possibly keep up with all this important "news"? [How can we possibly care?]

Posted by: pleitzke | August 4, 2010 1:07 PM

Favre is just a Diva ! He holds all of his records due to his longevity. I must confess that he had a great year but he is singularly responsible for the Vikings' loss to New Orleans.

He was hit an amazing number of times that afternoon but if he would have had the grapes to run the ball rather than throw that interception across his body then Minnesota may have had their first Super Bowl.

I was so sick of John Madden saying what a gritty and hard nosed team player that Favre was that I am glad he (Madden)is gone. Madden drove me crazy with his rants about how Deion Sanders was the fastest player in the league and we all knew that Darrell Green was.

Favre will just demand that Minnesota add more players so that it will be easy for the Vikings to win and make his job easy.
I hate this annual interruption by an overrated player who has now become just a Diva! Go ahead and retire already Favre !

Posted by: rickywarner49 | August 4, 2010 1:07 PM

And yet again the media misreports false rumors about Brett Favre's status which, yet again, contributes to the negative image many fans have of Favre.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 4, 2010 1:04 PM

Brett is a total douche. He's trying to shake down the vikings organization with his antics. He is due to make 13 million this year IF SHE decides to play. the vikes are offering and additional 3 mil and then on top of that another 4 mill in incentives. What is this but a shakedown? What a clown this guy is. I think he remembers the beating he took in the New Orleans playoff game last when he was getting creamed and you know what? I was happy that he was. What an overrated douche he is. He was part of ONE super bowl winning team and he didn't have a "great" game and I remember that the Packers had Reggie white and a great defense that year along with Desmond Howard running back a kickoff or punt to seal the win and NOT a Brett Farve big play. Also, why so much for a guy who just loves to throw the ball to the other team in the playoffs

Posted by: JGibbs123 | August 4, 2010 1:03 PM

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