Favre opinions still flowing

Brettt Favre (Adriano Agundes/AP)

Players and coaches – even parents – have weighed in on the Brett Favre-to-the-Vikings speculation over the last week. Here is a summary of some of the more interesting comments.

These days, it seems everyone has an opinion about Brett Favre potentially joining the Vikings. Over the last week, several NFL players spoke up on the subject, including former teammates and potential teammates in 2009.

Appearing in a chat on NFL.com and later on NFL Network, Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian seemed convinced that Favre is making every effort to join the Vikings. Citing Favre's surgery to completely release his previously partially torn biceps tendon and a report that the quarterback was in Edina last week getting a medical examine, Berrian thinks the wheels are in motion for Favre's comeback.

"I don't think he's going to do all that stuff just to sit on the sidelines," Berrian said on NFL Total Access on NFL Network.

"Definitely we'd welcome him. I don't see why anyone wouldn't. Brett Favre brings a lot to the game, he brings a lot to Minnesota as far as leadership and as far as his enthusiasm. The way he plays and goes out and plays the game, I don't think there is a comparison. No one else has more fun than Brett Favre out there on the field.

"If he does end up there, great, he is a Hall of Famer. He can throw the ball, we all know that. He will bring a lot of leadership to the team. We have some leaders already, but he would bring a lot. If he can throw, and capable of doing what he can do, it's great. He'll bring a different kind of enthusiasm."

Berrian said Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels have handled nicely the speculated competition for their jobs. The receiver said he was impressed with Jackson's arm last year but that general managers and owners are "in turmoil" with how much time they can give young quarterbacks to develop.

As for the Vikings players, Berrian says they have followed the saga, but haven't let it affect the locker room atmosphere.

"It hasn't really impacted the locker room at all. We're so used to it by now, it's kind of a give and take. If he is going to be here, we'll welcome him with open arms. If he's not, we'll continue forward with the same path we've been on," he said.

During a chat on NFL.com, Berrian said, "I think we're just looking for him to sign or make a decision either way."

Former Packers teammate Al Harris shot down the notion that Packers fans should be upset with Favre for wanting to play for the Vikings.

"You know, if you're a true Green Bay Packer fan, you'll always love Brett Favre, wherever he plays," Harris told Sirius NFL Radio last week. "You don't love him as a Packer, or as a Viking, or as a Bear, or as a Chief. The guy can flat-out play football. He's here 17, 18 years, never missed a game. That can't be tarnished. He'll never do anything off the field. That's the only thing that I think will tarnish his legacy, if he does something crazy off the field. But football-wise, in my mind, his legacy will never be tarnished."

Like Berrian with the Vikings, Harris tried to downplay the impact that the ongoing story has had on the current cast of Packers.

"We're learning a new scheme so I'm really into the defense and what's going on. The media, they try to bring it up every now and then, but, really, we're just trying to win and get better as a team, as a unit," he said. "Everybody here loves Brett. Brett has to make decisions for him and his family — what's best for him and his family — so however that works out, I wish him the best of luck and I support him. But I'm here in Green Bay; Aaron (Rodgers) is our quarterback. We're just pushing forward."

Former Chargers and Patriots safety Rodney Harrison wasn't as kind in his comments about how Favre has handled the situation.

"From the player's I've talked to, a lot of them seem to think Brett Favre is pretty selfish," Harrison told Dan Patrick of ESPN Radio. "Each and every offseason bringing so much attention to himself, it's just really a disappointment to hear that time and time again.

"If you've been in the league 13, 14, 15 years or so you know if you want to play. The circus shouldn't have to go on for three to four years. It's just a disappointment. Then the media, they're just so caught up and in love with Brett Favre. ... It's ridiculous because a lot of guys are doing good, positive things in the National Football League and those things keep getting overlooked."

Even Adrian Peterson's dad, Nelson Peterson, has an opinion on Favre and how his signing might help the Vikings.

"Anybody who can keep nine guys out of the box would be greatly appreciated," Nelson told The Oklahoman during Adrian's football camp for kids in Oklahoma. "I don't care if it's Tarvaris, Sage, Brett Favre or anybody else."

The star running back wasn't going to crown a starting quarterback for the season, but he did tell the Associated Press that he enjoys Favre's passion.

"You're talking about a Hall of Fame quarterback, a guy that I grew up watching. I love just the passion he played with," Peterson said. "If he is a part of our team when the season comes around, when training camp comes around, we're going to welcome him with open arms and see where the chips fall."

Interestingly, if Favre does sign with the Vikings, his first regular-season game in purple will be against his last head coach, Eric Mangini, who moved from the New York Jets to the Cleveland Browns.

Mangini said he hasn't considered Favre's arm troubles and the Jets collapse the last five games that may have cost the coach his job in New York.

"I have not thought about that at all," Mangini said. "Whatever he decides, I wish him well. I haven't talked to Brett. I don't know what Brett is doing. I've been working on the other B-word, Browns."

During the NFL Scouting Combine in February, Mangini talked about inviting Favre to Browns training camp. That was when he assumed Favre really was retired. Mangini says the invitation is still out there.

"He would be welcome to come up and help out," Mangini said. "There would be no problem with that. There is nothing to read into that. That is all it is. If he wants to come by, it would be great. There is nothing else to read into that, zero. Zero."

More than likely, that will never happen, as it's looking more and more like Favre will be preparing to play the Browns at that point, not help them.

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