You don’t have to look very hard to find a continued low-level buzz surrounding the Brett Favre situation.
Rumors that Favre had purchased property in Eden Prairie were rampant last week. Then there were the supposed Favre sightings at various locations in the Twin Cities that gave the situation an Elvis-like feel. Pro Football Talk, meanwhile, has done its best to make an educated guess on when Favre will end his retirement and officially join the Vikings.
But the Favre talk actually has cooled to the point where it has been several days since his name appeared in the print edition of the Star Tribune or since ESPN ran a Favre update as its lead to “SportsCenter.”
While many fans are probably extremely pleased by this, Favre and the Vikings might be the two happiest parties. Favre apparently has been able to continue to throw the football and test his surgically repaired right biceps tendon in peace at his Mississippi home. Many members of the Vikings staff have been on vacation, although coach Brad Childress did return this week from a fishing trip in Alaska.
Both sides, of course, have discussed the situation publicly and it’s pretty obvious there is an agreement that Favre is going to make a decision before the Vikings open training camp practices on July 31. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf made it clear shortly before Childress left on his trip that the ball was now in Favre’s court.
The latest bit of speculation from Tom Curran at PFT is that the Favre announcement could come the week of July 12. Childress’ daughter, Cara, is getting married a week from Saturday but it’s unclear if that would mean next week is off limits for Favre to make his decision known. One would think he probably will continue to test the arm.
But if Favre has proven to be predictable in one area, it’s that he’s completely unpredictable. Thus, trying to guess the date of Favre’s announcement that he’s coming back — or the potential surprise that he’s not going to return — is nearly impossible.
By my count, there are 27 days left until the Vikings report to Mankato and 29 days before the first practice. All that appears certain right now is nothing is going to happen over the holiday weekend. I’m fairly confident in saying that. After that, it’s anybody’s guess when the Favre situation will go from its current status of simmering to (once again) red hot.