The Vikings added exactly zero quarterbacks this offseason, despite "not knowing" whether Favre will return.
While the Vikings made it clear that neither Sage Rosenfels or Tarvaris Jackson will start at quarterback, they did not make it clear who actually will. But, they did imply who will start at quarterback.
All signs point to Favre suiting up for the Purple in 2010. Here are 10 reasons that Favre will play at least one more season:
1. "You play to win the game, you don't play to just play it."—Herm Edwards
No one plays to come in third place. You play. To win. The game.
Brett Favre is a gamer if there ever was one. The guy just doesn't quit, whether he fails or not. Deep down inside, he wants to win the Super Bowl one more time.
The whole reason Favre came back in the first place was to try to win the Super Bowl. That's why he joined a Vikings team that was a quarterback away from being great.
In 2010, the Vikings are again a quarterback away from being a great team. Favre can get them to the Super Bowl.
2. "Straight cash, homey."—Randy Moss
He may love the game, but everyone likes to make some cash, too. After all, Favre doesn't just have kids to feed, he has grandkids to feed.
In all seriousness, though, every professional athlete has tasted the lifestyle of being a millionaire. Playing one or two more seasons will allow Favre to keep up that lifestyle while staying out of the broadcast booth.
No matter how much you try to convince yourself this isn't a factor, I guarantee you, it is.
3. "You see that he's older now. Can he still move? Yes, he can still move. Can he still throw the ball with the same velocity? Yes, he can still throw the ball with the same velocity."—John Madden on Brett Favre
Okay, we all know Madden would rather have a 90-year-old Favre than a 30-year-old Peyton Manning, so he's a little biased.
Still, Favre had the best statistical season of his career in 2010. Surrounded by more weapons than he ever had in his time with the Packers, Favre set career highs in quarterback rating, yards per attempt, and completion percentage.
Favre also threw fewer interceptions than any year prior.
With those kinds of numbers, it is clear that Favre can still play the game at an elite level. Why not come back for one (or two) more years?
4. "There's a chip on my shoulder now more than ever."—LaDainian Tomlinson
LT got pushed out of SD. Favre got pushed out of GB.
Think there's no chip on his shoulder? Did you see how he played against the Packers in 2010?
In the Vikings' two wins over the Pack in 2010, Favre combined for 515 yards passing and seven touchdowns with no interceptions. His quarterback ratings were 135.3 and 128.6.
Favre won one Super Bowl with the Packers. Winning one with the Vikings would equal that total and stick it to Ted Thompson and all of the former fans who now bash him.
5. "I'm a man! I'm 40!"—Mike Gundy
Mike Gundy is a man and he's 40. Favre is a man and is also 40.
At 40 years old, Favre would be the oldest quarterback to ever play in a Super Bowl. He would also be the oldest non-kicker to every play in a Super Bowl.
Just another good reason to play one more year—more accolades that include the words "only player to..."
6. "Are you not entertained?"—Maximus Decimus Meridius
Favre likes to put on a show. Just like Maximus Decimus Meridius.
Do you think it bothered Favre to be the center of attention for the last year-and-a-half? Heck no. He loves it.
Favre has always been a prima donna who loves being in the limelight. If not for all the other reasons, Favre will enjoy another season as the NFL's (and maybe all of sports') biggest storyline.
While we're talking about Maximus, it's worth noting that Favre also cares about his legacy. Maximus didn't want to die for nothing, he wanted to go down in history.
Favre does not want to be remembered for his interception in the closing minutes of the NFC Championship. Favre will come back to write a legacy that ends with him on top.
7. "It's all about chemistry"—Semisonic
Favre could be singing Minneapolis band Semisonic's "Closing Time", but instead he's humming their 2001 hit, "All About Chemistry."
Favre very obviously enjoyed developing great chemistry with his receivers on the Vikings—most notably, Sidney Rice.
Favre would get to come back to a Vikings team that is loaded at receiver. What quarterback wouldn't have fun with Rice, Berrian, and Harvin? Those are three legitimate home run threats.
Not to mention Favre's favorite red zone target, Visanthe Shiancoe.
Favre would love one more year playing in that offense.
8. I'm Alexander. I'm the best ever. I'm Sunny Liston. I'm Jack Dempsey. There's never been anyone like me. I'm from their cloth. There is no one who can match me. My style is impetuous, my defense is impregnable, and I'm just ferocious."—Mike Tyson
Another Super Bowl victory, another great statistical season, and Brett Favre may go down as the greatest quarterback ever.
Right now, it would be difficult to win the argument for Favre as the best ever. He has just one Super Bowl victory. He is certainly one of the best ever, but not the best.
However, winning a Super Bowl at 40 and playing 16 more consecutive games may change a lot of minds. Favre knows that and we all know he's got a bit of an ego.
9. "Yo Adrian!"—Rocky
Playing with Adrian Peterson changed the way Favre played the game. His ridiculous play-action fakes were even more ridiculous.
Peterson played a big part in Favre's success. Favre would love to come back to make and fake hand-offs to Peterson again.
10. "Please, please, please, please, please come back"—Every Vikings Owner, Player, Front Office Manager, Coach, and Fan.
The Minnesota Vikings will not be good enough to win the Super Bowl in 2010 without Brett Favre.
With him, they are the same team that was a few turnovers away from the championship last year. The Vikings can make another run with Favre at quarterback.
With Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels, the Vikings have no chance of repeating their 2009 season, let alone improving on it.
Everyone involved with the Vikings wants Favre back. Period. They will beg him until he says yes, if he hasn't already.
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