- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 12, 2009

MARSHALL, Minn. | The Minnesota Vikings have spoken. Yes, they’re interested in Brett Favre.

The Vikings broke their silence Monday, with president Mark Wilf saying the team is considering the supposedly retired star.

“He’s a Hall of Fame quarterback. He’s a great competitor,” Wilf said. “Ultimately, you’ll have to ask Brett what his plans are, but sure there’s interest in Brett Favre. But again, it’s part of a process we have in general with any of our players. We’re always looking to make our team better.”

Several conflicting and contradictory media reports swirled last week around the possibility of Favre, who retired for the second time at the end of last season, returning to play for the Vikings.

Neither Favre nor the Vikings commented last week, which only added more confusion to the situation.



Favre was released by the New York Jets on April 28 and issued a statement that said, “At this time, I am retired and have no intention of returning to football.”

He hasn’t been heard from since.

His agent, Bus Cook, has said that Favre remains retired to his knowledge. Cook did not immediately return a phone message from the Associated Press on Monday.

Wilf, who along with brother Zygi purchased the team in 2005, spoke about Favre during a previously scheduled community visit. It was the first question asked by a fan during a panel discussion between Wilf and linebackers Chad Greenway and Ben Leber as part of a “You Made the Team” luncheon with the Marshall Chamber of Commerce.

After Greenway gave a politically correct answer, Wilf jumped in to defend the current stable of quarterbacks - incumbent Tarvaris Jackson, newcomer Sage Rosenfels and third-stringer John David Booty.

“With Sage and Tarvaris and John David, we’re pleased with the quarterbacks we have,” Wilf said. “Let’s not let that get forgotten here. And we just feel as a whole as a roster, we’re trying to improve every day. We feel we’ve made a lot of steps to improve off an NFC North division win, and we’re ready to take the next step and to go all the way.”

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