Ryan Longwell: Favre comeback 50/50 proposition

Most assume that after Brett Favre underwent ankle surgery (so X can now mark the spot) that the chances of him returning to the NFL for a 20th season and the Vikings for a second season are pretty darn good. Maybe about as close to a sure thing as you can get from the fence-sitting No. 4.

But Minnesota kicker Ryan Longwell isn’t quite as convinced, not according to Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, anyway.

“I think it's 50-50 either way,” Longwell said.

You would figure Longwell might know as well as anyone. He and Favre were longtime teammates in Green Bay and they’ve remained fast golfing buddies.

"He played so well (last season), and I think there's a desire that this team has a chance to go a long way,” Longwell said. “That would be the reason to come back. But at the same time, he was so at peace with how he played last year — late in the season — and that would be the reason not to come back.

“Him and (wife) Deanna were just really happy with the fact that they had come back, played well and were on a good team at the end of last season. So that would be the reason that it wouldn't shock me (if he did not to return).”

There’s no need to label Longwell an “idiot kicker,” but the good money is still on Favre returning. Keep in mind, Favre's contract calls for $13 million in 2010.

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