What exactly is Brett Favre going to 're-evaluate?'
It will be interesting to see if Brett Favre was dropping some hints on Sunday after the blowout loss to his former team, the Green Bay Packers, or if the 41-year-old quarterback was more or less babbling.
Favre’s press conference and conference calls are usually terrific because he takes time to consider questions asked and gives more honest answers than your typical NFL player. Sometimes, he just talks and talks and talks. But after the Minnesota Vikings lost 31-3, Favre was at a loss for words.
"Disappointing would be an understatement," Favre said, according to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "It's tough."
Where it got interesting is when Favre said twice he needed to “re-evaluate” what was going on. To what end? The Vikings have six games remaining on their schedule and Favre’s contract calls for him to be paid $1 million per game. Does he want to leave $6 million on the table for six weeks of freedom and leave a team hanging, something that would surely tarnish his legacy?
"I came back for a Super Bowl. But I also knew there's a chance that that doesn't happen,” Favre said. “Probably a better chance that it doesn't. A way better chance that you don't play near as good as you did last year. That doesn't mean you can't have success. This is a little surprising."
Chances are Favre was just rambling on when he talked about re-evaluating his situation. The Jenn Sterger investigation is looming, and who knows what will come out of it. Certainly, Favre doesn’t want to be tarnished any further by it. But would he really consider the escape hatch with six weeks to play? He could always cook up an injury, but after telling ESPN’s Ed Werder a week ago that he needed to have his shoulder re-evaluated, he told Werder before the loss to the Packers that he was throwing the ball better in practice on Thursday than he had in five years.
So, who really knows what is going on here?
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