MARSHALL, Minn. – The Vikings’ weeklong silence on the Brett Favre situation ended, in a manner, this morning when owner and team president Mark Wilf met with reporters on the “You Made the Team” community tour at the Marshall Middle School.
Wilf measured his words carefully, but didn’t exactly shut the door on the possibility that there might be mutual interest between Favre and the Vikings. Wilf basically said any such updates would have to come from either Favre or the Vikings’ football operations department … and, of course, neither is commenting, which is why we chased him Wilf across the Minnesota prairie today.
Was there a proposed meeting between Childress and Favre last week that was canceled? Wilf was coy.
“I’m not aware of any meeting, but any football personnel matters … those types of issues are issues that we don’t discuss publicly, and I hope fans and the media can appreciate that,” he said. “Because that’s the right way we feel we can get the best product on the field to get our ultimate goal, which is a Super Bowl championship.
“I’m appreciative of the fact that the fans are very interested and curious about the whole situation. We have a football department, we have a head coach, Brad Childress, Rick Spielman is our head of personnel, and we go through this process with any player. We look at a variety of factors and that is the process we are going through right now. And certainly a competitor and Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre is no different in terms of that evaluation.
“Certainly a player of Brett Favre’s [status], a Hall of Fame quarterback with the competitiveness that he has, that is a player we would have interest, as we would have other players. … I defer to our coach and personnel people to really evaluate those issues.”
Yahoo! Sports’ Rich Schwartz reported last week that Favre had indicated to the Vikings that he was retiring. Asked about that report, Wilf said: “What I can tell you is that type of decision is up to Brett Favre, and I’ll leave it to Brett Favre to give you that answer.”
Update: We’ve made our way across town to the campus of Southwest State University where Mark Wilf and Co., will address a crowd that has gathered for a luncheon. Thanks to the fine folks here we have wireless access and are ready to go. Also will be transcribing the full thoughts of Wilf, Ben Leber and Chad Greenway on this Favre situation. Never a dull moment, folks. And if you didn’t see the earlier post it sounds like the Winfield negotiations are off — for now. I’ve learned that those things are never off until the player leaves and Winfield has a year left on his contract.