Brett Favre Back with Vikings Says ‘It’s Not About The Money’

Legendary quarterback, Brett Favre, will appear at a 2:30 p.m. EDT press conference in which he is expected to announce that he will return to the NFL for a 20th season. Did Brett Favre really plan to retire this time as he has done so many times in the past or was he just holding our for a better deal?

According to NFL sources, the Minnesota Vikings plan to increase Favre’s base salary for this season to $16.5 million instead of the originally planned $13 million he was due under the two-year contract he signed last August.

According to the Star Tribune sources confirm that he is expected to have $3.5 million worth of incentives written into his contract, incentives based on the Vikings’ potential postseason success as a team, that would bring the deal to $20 million. That would mean $1 million for each season the future Hall of Fame quarterback has played in the league.

Favre said earlier this month after the Star Tribune originally reported the team would be willing to increase his salary that “it’s not about the money.”

Favre is coming off one of the best seasons of his career at the age of 40 and the Vikings felt his importance was so great that they sent veterans Jared Allen, Steve Hutchinson and Ryan Longwell to Hattiesburg, Miss., on Monday night on a private jet to convince Favre to return with them. The trio returned with Favre and Favre’s wife, Deanna, about 15 hours later.

“I played a long time, I went to four Pro Bowls and I never had a coach fly down to Mississippi to talk to me in the offseason and see how I was doing,” said former quarterback Rich Gannon, the NFL MVP in 2002 and now an analyst for CBS. “I think in this situation it’s warranted. The reality of it is they are a much different football team with him.

“I think the other guy [Tarvaris Jackson] hasn’t played enough and you look at his body of work it’s just not yet a Pro Bowl quarterback. It’s like I used to tell people about life insurance. Nobody likes to pay the premiums, everybody complains and moans about them and all of a sudden somebody dies and it’s like, ‘Boy, I’m glad we have that life insurance.’

“I think it’s a little bit of a similar situation with Brett. At the end of the day it’s damn nice to have the guy in the building.”

Source: JUDD ZULGAD, Star Tribune

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