Vikings coach Brad Childress held his season-ending press conference Tuesday and Brett Favre's future naturally was a big topic. Childress said he talked to Favre briefly in the training room at Winter Park on Tuesday morning before Favre took a flight home to Mississippi.
The question is, will it be Favre's final day at Winter Park?
"I don’t have an expectation," Childress said. "I know he had a great experience here. I know it too well to know that emotions are a little bit raw right now. We’re still too close to it. He’s earned his time to be able to step away from it and talk to his family and figure out what he wants to do. But I don’t have a strong expectation one way or the other. It would not surprise me one way or the other.
Childress said Favre doesn't have a deadline for deciding whether he will return for his 20th season or retire. Childress the team essentially will proceed this offseason with two game plans: one with Favre, one without him. Favre is scheduled to earn $13 million next season.
"I think you can plan both ways," Childress said. "It’s not a deal where I need to put a gun to his head and say, ‘I need to know in a week, two weeks, two months.’ I know you guys want it all in concrete and set in stone."
Even if Favre does come back, Childress agreed that the organization must develop a long-term plan for their quarterback position. They need to identify their quarterback of the future at some point.
"No question and eventually you would like to be able to do that," Childress said. "But by the same token you don’t want a round peg in a square hole. And I am too far away from it right now to tell you what the quarterback class this year looks like. I know we’re picking down there at 30th [in first round]. We’ll just see what’s there and I’m sure that we will ably man that position one way or the other."