Report: Vikings willing to pay Brett Favre $1 million per game
The Minnesota Vikings have raised the ante to keep Brett Favre in action for a 20th NFL season.
But one has to wonder if money is a factor at all for the future Hall of Famer.
According to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Vikings have offered Favre an additional $3 million guaranteed for the 2010 season along with incentives that could add another $4 million to his contract and give it a maximum value of $20 million for one season.
Favre’s contract initially called for him to make $13 million this season in the second year of a two-year deal with the Vikings. Under the new terms, he would earn $1 million per game with the chance to cash in on some incentives.
The action was fast and furious starting Tuesday morning in training camp in Mankato, Minn., after word broke that Favre had begun informing people Monday night that he would not be returning. But Favre made no official statements after sending a few text messages, and one source told the National Football Post that the situation remained in limbo. What’s next? Who knows? Favre himself might not know.
Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said that Favre “told a couple of guys on the team that he was going to retire," but the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald reported an a person close to Favre's family said he hadn't has yet to reach a decision.
Vikings coach Brad Childress said the situation was “fluid” and the guessing game continues. Per Zulgad, Favre had informed the team that his ankle was not responding the way he had hoped it would following surgery in May and he was going to make an announcement Tuesday. That never came and the Vikings mobilized forces in an effort to persuade him to return.
The Vikings’ lease at the outdated Metrodome runs through the 2011 season. The team struck out in the state legislature earlier this year in efforts to land a new stadium deal. Ownership knows the Vikings need another solid season in order to sway public opinion and support and find a new home. That support will be greatly aided by the presence of No. 4. That is why the Vikings are essentially willing to hand a 40-year-old gunslinger a blank check.
Around the league, people are taking a they’ll believe it when they see it attitude. Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who has developed a close on-field relationship with Favre playing against him for a decade, was walking into the cafeteria at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., Tuesday morning when I informed him Favre wasn’t coming back.
“Not coming back to training camp?” Urlacher said. “I’ll believe that when the season begins.”
The Vikings are holding out belief that Favre will return. The Favre Watch is hitting overdrive. Do you believe money will lure No. 4 back?
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