- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 28, 2009

TAKE YOUR PICK SHOULD BRETT FAVRE SIGN WITH THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS?

Yes — If he returns for his 19th season, the NFL would benefit. With Favre running the offense and Adrian Peterson in the backfield, the Vikings would be an exciting team to watch. Television ratings would skyrocket, especially when the Vikings visit Green Bay on Nov. 1.

No — While Favre hesitates, he is hurting the team and himself. Though Favre said he would notify the Vikings of his decision before training camp starts, he already is a distraction. Favre had shoulder surgery in June; whether he can handle the rigors of a 16-game NFL season has not been determined.

Our take — Favre should retire for good. “If it was the first time he’s done it, it would be different,” Joe Montana told the Los Angeles Times. “But we’ve seen it already and here we go again.” That he has wavered about the decision for months shows he might not be mentally ready to play. If Favre were not fully committed to a comeback, it would be detrimental to the Vikings.

TWT FIVE KEY NFL OFFSEASON ADDITIONS

1. Matt Cassel, Chiefs — The quarterback signed a $63 million deal to help turn around a team that went 2-14 last year.

2. Jay Cutler, Bears — Rumors swirled that the Redskins wanted him, but Cutler ended up in Chicago.

3. Matthew Stafford, Lions — The 0-16 Lions signed the No. 1 pick to a six-year, $41.7 million deal.

4. Terrell Owens, Bills — Buffalo added a weapon when it signed Owens, whom the Cowboys released in March.

5. Albert Haynesworth, Redskins — The defensive tackle signed a $100 million deal on the first day of free agency.

HE SAID WHAT?

“I would like to see Pete in. He belongs there.” — Hank Aaron on Pete Rose’s place in baseball’s Hall of Fame, according to the New York Daily News

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