Just when you thought the relationship between Joe Webb
and Brett Favre
was over, guess again.
In an interview with the media relations department of his alma mater (Alabama-Birmingham), Webb said he has remained busy during the lockout, including working out with Favre in Hattiesburg, Miss.
After working out with new teammate Christian Ponder
at the IMG training facility in Florida, according to the interview, he has spent "the past few weeks" working out with Favre in Hattiesburg on his throwing game.
"It's great to have a person like that as my contact," Webb said. "He can still sling it."
The fact that Favre has voluntarily take on a mentor's role with Webb, a player who was a teammate for just one season but a very engaging and likeable person, is a testament to both – Favre in his willingness to help a young player viewed as a professional long shot at quarterback and Webb to travel on his own dime to learn from one of the masters.
While conspiracy theorists may point to the meeting as an opportunity for Favre to see the new Vikings playbook – Webb may have brought one with him to Hattiesburg – but, for the rest of us, it looks like a win-win situation for two guys from two different generations giving back something to the other. When you have a willing teacher and a willing pupil, good things can happen.
Adrian Peterson was at the ESPY Awards Wednesday. Decked out in a blue and white checked suit, he was quite the fashion statement. Whether on the cutting edge or reinvention of Caddyshack's Al Czervik is up to the fashion police, but A.D. can't be accused of not taking fashion risks.
Peterson was also part of an ESPY's skit spoofing NBA and NFL players being locked out and providing professional services. For his role in the skit, A.D. is moonlighting as a beekeeper willing to help out those with bee infestations.
As expected, ESPY's host Seth Meyers couldn't resist taking a shot at Favre. He waited until the last joke of his opening monologue, but, if Favre was watching a year after he was sitting in the front row of the 2010 ESPY's, there weren't a lot of laughs in the Favre household Wednesday night.
Fans should be encouraged by a choreographed joint statement from Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees saying Wednesday that it's time for the lockout to end. Why? Considering all of them are named plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit being brought against the NFL by players, that is essentially a coded message to the NFL that, if an agreement gets done in the next few days, the lawsuit pending in a Minnesota courtroom might go away (for now). While they said the offer on the table from the players is fair and should be accepted on face value, the owners aren't about to accept that proposal.
The players and owners met for 11 hours Wednesday. There were hints at an all-night marathon session, but that fell through. The two sides are set to meet again today, starting at 9 a.m. EDT in New York.
The two sides are still at a standstill on a couple of the remaining significant issues, and apparently no progress was made in the negotiations Wednesday. The groundswell of "let's get it done" chants are growing, but until the lawyers get the I's dotted and T's crossed, it's not going to be a done deal. Maybe marathon negotiations will seal the deal.
Word out of Washington is that one of the first objectives of the Redskins once the lockout ends will be to try to trade Donovan McNabb. The price will be right. An interested team can likely get him for a fifth- or sixth-round draft pick, but, by doing so, the new team would take on McNabb's salary. McNabb just signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension last Nov. 16, which made his benching a month later more than a little curious. Because of the front-end pain to the new deal, McNabb may be too pricey for a team to assume his contract. The Beltway belief is that the Redskins aren't going to find a team willing to shoulder that hefty contract and the team will be forced to release him. If they do, the Redskins would only owe him $3.75 million. When they wrote the contract, they must have known his future was tenuous, which begs the question about why they would extend his contract. Most extensions are done before a season starts, not a week before Thanksgiving. The answer can be capsulated in two words – Daniel Snyder.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
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Joe Webb talks highly of Brett Favre, but he's putting his words into action. Webb is working on his passing game with Favre, he told the web site for his alma mater.
Second-year quarterback Joe Webb is working on his passing game with Favre.