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Vikings looking to lure Favre

JUST when Brett Favre looked to finally be out of the National Football League, the Minnesota Vikings could be pulling him back in.

Citing an anonymous source "with direct knowledge of the discussions between the two parties," ESPN reported on Tuesday that Favre is scheduled to meet Vikings coach Brad Childress this week about a possible comeback.

Favre's agent, Bus Cook, did not immediately return a phone call.

Both Favre and Cook have said this spring that Favre intends to stay retired. But Favre's statement after he was released by the New York Jets last week left the door open.

"At this time, I am retired and have no intention of returning to football," he said.

Those three little words - "At this time" - set off rampant speculation that he was indeed considering a second return to action.

Childress said on Friday he had been too busy to concentrate on Favre, but did acknowledge the subject would soon be broached.

Favre spent 16 seasons in Green Bay, retiring in 2008 after leading the Packers to the NFC title game. He changed his mind a few months later, which set up a long and messy soap opera that ultimately led to his trade to the Jets.

The Jets granted Favre, 39, his release last week, making him a free agent who is eligible to sign with any team. And many experts say the Vikings are a quarterback away from being a legitimate Super Bowl contender.


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