After months of speculation, the Minnesota Vikings have officially signed free agent quarterback Brett Favre to a new-year contract.
The 39-year-old quarterback took a plane to Minnesota on Tuesday, drove to Vikings training camp and was in a helmet and pads less than 90 minutes after arriving. His practice jersey was the familiar No. 4, the same number he wore for years with the rival Packers.
The team confirmed a deal was done to The Associated Press, but terms were not immediately disclosed.
This is Favre's second comeback. A year ago, the former Packers star came out of a short retirement to join the Jets.
Favre joins an already solid offense, one in which features dynamic running back Adrian Peterson, a great offensive line and rookie playmaker Percy Harvin. Favre won’t be required to win games on his own, as Peterson will remain the backbone of Minnesota’s offense.
If Favre can stay healthy, there’s little doubt that he gives the Vikings the best chance to win among their other quarterbacks (Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson). But his health is a major concern, especially after having offseason surgery to repair a biceps tear that he suffered last season.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction currently list the Vikings’ odds to win Super Bowl XLIV at 16/1 and to win the NFC Championship at 8/1. Of course, those odds could change now that Favre has officially been signed.
Posted: 8/18/09 7:25PM ET