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All signs point to Favre returning

All signs point to Favre returning
Here we go again.

We all knew Brett Favre's self-described "itch" to play football again would eventually return following his retirement. For the second time in two years, it appears he's ready to scratch.

There were simply too many signs that emerged last week pointing to a Favre comeback:

  • Favre was granted his release request by the New York Jets rather than remaining on the team's reserve/retired list. He issued a statement claiming "nothing has changed" and "at this time, I am retired and have no intention of returning to football." So why ask for your release? Plus, with his history of retirement flip-flopping, the use of "at this time" is particularly intriguing.

  • Minnesota — the team that Favre wanted to play for in 2008 — is open to the possibility of signing him. Vikings coach Brad Childress said the team would discuss the subject after last weekend's minicamp. Vikings owner Zigi Wilf, who months ago said his club would have no interest in signing Favre, instead issued a "no comment" about the topic Saturday when asked by the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

  • The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that Favre has recently spoken with Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, a good friend from their days together in Green Bay.

  • The Pioneer Press reported that Favre has hired a personal trainer (tending to his farm apparently isn't providing enough manual labor).

  • Profootballtalk.com reported an unidentified plane flew from Minneapolis to Favre's hometown of Hattiesburg, Miss. the day after his release.

  • New Orleans safety Darren Sharper, a former Packers teammate, told the NFL's web site that he believes Favre will try to play another season "because he's such a competitor and he still loves football."

    The Favre Files

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    The ramifications of such impasses manifested itself Friday at Arizona's first 2009 minicamp. Boldin and Dockett attended but claimed hamstring injuries that prevented their participation (the Cardinals countered by sending both off for MRI exams). The problems are only going to get worse if these issues aren't addressed by the start of training camp in late July.

    Ken Whisenhunt deserves a coach/counselor title for how well he handled disgruntled Cardinals players in 2008. But even The Wiz may not be able to work such magic in 2009 if the locker-room grumbling grows too loud.

    The Buzz

  • During an interview with me and Howard Balzer on Sirius NFL Radio, ex-Denver running back Selvin Young said he plans to meet with a neck specialist June 1 to determine whether he needs surgery on herniated discs suffered in December. Young said he continued to play in a Week 16 game against Buffalo despite experiencing numbness from the injury. Young, who started 13 games in Denver the past two seasons, would be a great fit in Houston if healthy. Young is a Houston native and the Texans need running-back depth behind Steve Slaton. And Young is familiar with the one-cut type of rushing offense that Houston coach Gary Kubiak brought with him from Denver

  • Ex-Miami quarterback John Beck couldn't have landed in a better spot to try and salvage his NFL career. Beck will officially sign today with Baltimore, where he will be reunited with Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. While Miami's head coach in 2007, Cameron and then-general manager Randy Mueller ranked Beck so closely to Brady Quinn on their draft board that Miami selected wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. with the No. 9 overall pick. Cameron then did Beck a disservice by starting him four games as a rookie when he clearly wasn't ready. Beck was relegated to third-string status in 2008 under Miami's new administration and became expendable after the Dolphins used a 2009 second-round pick on Pat White

  • A source told FOXSports.com to expect the NFL to consider playing Super Bowl LI (51) in London. Super Bowls XLIV through XLVII are already committed state-side and there's no way the league would play a landmark game like Super Bowl L anywhere else but the U.S. Though the league has denied any plans for a London Super Bowl publicly, by targeting a London Super Bowl for February 2017 the NFL would have ample time for more test runs with international regular-season games. Remedying on-going turf issues at Wembley Stadium also is a must.

    Week in review

    Big winner: We've got five of them this week courtesy of the Pro Football Writers of America's annual awards, led by Tampa Bay kicker Matt Bryant, who won the Halas Award given to the player who overcomes the most adversity to succeed. Days after the death of his infant son Tryson, Bryant kicked three field goals and three extra points last September in a victory over Green Bay. Other PFWA honorees were Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner (Good Guy Award for the player best at helping the media do its job), Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney (Horrigan Award for the NFL official best at helping the media do its job), the Arizona Cardinals media relations department (Rozelle Award for the league's top PR staff) and Sports Illustrated's Peter King (McCann Award for the PFWA member who has provided long and illustrious service to journalism).

    Big loser: Philadelphia cornerback Sheldon Brown. Complain about your contract all you want, Sheldon. The Eagles are going to give you the Lito Sheppard treatment and keep you under your current deal through 2009.

    Under-the-radar move: The Eagles moving Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews to right tackle. Donovan McNabb should be thrilled. Even at 335 pounds, Andrews is considered so nimble that Philadelphia was going to shift him to left tackle before acquiring Jason Peters in a trade with Buffalo. Andrews' brother Stacy, who was signed away from Cincinnati earlier in the offseason, is now expected to start at right guard once recovered from a knee injury. The move also indicates that Philadelphia will likely not pursue re-signing former starter Jon Runyan, who is still recovering from knee surgery himself.

  • Author:Fox Sports
    Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
    Added: May 5, 2009

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