- The Washington Times - Monday, June 15, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - Brett Favre says he is considering coming out of retirement for a second time and the only team he has talked to about a return to the NFL is the Minnesota Vikings. Favre appeared on the new HBO show “Joe Buck Live” in his first public appearance since retiring from the New York Jets in February.

The three-time NFL MVP said Monday night he had surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago on his throwing arm. He says the doctor who performed the surgery on his biceps told him it would take four to five weeks for the NFL’s career leader in touchdown passes to know if the procedure was a success.

Favre says he has had contact with the Vikings, but “nothing more than are you interested.”

HBO said Favre agreed in April to appear on the show at the request of Buck, the longtime baseball and football announcer. That was before his release from the Jets, which prompted Minnesota’s interest in the 39-year-old three-time NFL MVP.

Favre has been assessing the condition of his arm and whether he is interested in coming out of retirement for a second straight year.

The Vikings were a presumed suitor last summer when Favre renounced his retirement from the Packers and was told Green Bay was going with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. But the Packers weren’t going to let him go to their NFC North rivals, and after a messy divorce with Green Bay, Favre was shipped to the Jets.

He threw 22 touchdown passes and 22 interceptions last season for a team that finished 1-4 to miss the playoffs.

The Vikings won their division without him, but have been unsettled at the sport’s most important position for the past three-plus years. Quarterback continues to be viewed as one of the team’s few weak spots on an otherwise talent-laden roster.

Quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels have gone through an offseason of uncertainty as rumors swirl about Favre. The Vikings report to training camp in just over six weeks.


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