INDIANAPOLIS -- The latest update on the Brett Favre watch is this. There is no update.
Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday that the quarterback has yet to alert the franchise of his plans for the 2010 season. Favre, who had one of his best seasons in 2009 after deciding to play for the Vikings in August, still has one year and $13 million left on his contract.
But that doesn't guarantee the 40-year-old will return for a 20th NFL season. Favre hasn't spoken to the media since walking out of the Superdome on Jan. 24 following the Vikings' loss to New Orleans in the NFC title game. He is scheduled to be a guest next Thursday on Jay Leno's show on NBC, but until then it's anyone's guess which way Favre is leaning.
Spielman, for one, said he isn't all that concerned about how this is playing out. “I don’t think it’s tough," not knowing who will be the quarterback in 2010, he said. "I think everybody feels comfortable with [Tarvaris Jackson] and with Sage [Rosenfels]. We have stated that we would love to have [Brett Favre] back. But we’ll just keep on going on going about our normal business and continue building our team as we go through these processes over the next six months and see where we end up.”
Spielman added that, "Brett will make his decision when he makes his decision." Of course, that decision could have a huge impact on a Vikings team that went 12-4 this past season and beat Dallas in its first playoff game.
Asked if by saying that "everybody" feels comfortable with Jackson and Rosenfels that he meant the Vikings are committed to those two if Favre doesn't return, Spielman said: “I don’t want to get into what we’re committed to and what we’re not committed to because I think this time of year everything is in flux. Everything is etched in oatmeal.”
Vikings coach Brad Childress also is in Indianapolis for the combine and will speak to reporters on Friday.
As for Favre's upcoming appearance on Leno, Spielman said he wasn't sure he would even be up late enough to catch what the quarterback has to say. Spielman will spend the rest of this week watching players workout, interviewing prospects and meeting with agents for the Vikings unrestricted and restricted free agents. (Spielman and Vikings vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski will handle the meetings with agents.)
This includes the representative for Jackson, who stands to be a restricted free agent if there is no deal reached on a new collective bargaining agreement by March 5. Spielman said the Vikings have decided what type of tenders (or potentially non-tenders) to extend to their restricted free agents but he did not share that information with reporters. This group includes defensive end Ray Edwards.
Spielman said at this point he has no feeling on what Favre might decide. “Nope," he said. "Our focus now is basically doing what we normally do and going through our normal process and procedures. Trying to get prepared for everything that’s coming ahead and trying to add players to our roster that we think can help us win and continue to win.”
We'll be posting another blog shortly about the Vikings' potential interest in running back Brian Westbrook, who will be released by the Eagles on March 5 and has been granted permission to speak to other teams.