FavreWatch: A raise of at least $3.5 million

Good early morning to you and yours. Before we really get started Wednesday, let's address one of the FavreWatch questions we left unanswered Tuesday. The Minnesota Vikings are planning to give quarterback Brett Favre a substantial pay raise now that he has apparently returned for a second season.

According to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune, the Vikings plan to increase his base salary from $13 million to $16.5 million for 2010. He also will have the opportunity to earn another $3.5 million in incentives, meaning he has the chance to earn up to $20 million this season.

But it's not about the money, of course.

The contract has yet to be filed to the NFL, so nothing is official yet. But these numbers mesh with what I have heard as well. It's a relative drop in the bucket, but nevertheless notable on a team that has three starters entering the final years of their contracts: linebackers Chad Greenway and Ben Leber, along with defensive end Ray Edwards. No known discussions are under way with any of those players, nor do the Vikings appear close to deals with another trio of players who have made noise about a possible extension: running back Adrian Peterson, receiver Sidney Rice and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.

Meanwhile, ESPN's Rachel Nichols provided an outline for the pitch Favre received from teammates Steve Hutchinson, Jared Allen and Ryan Longwell. According to Nichols, the trio grilled steaks with Favre at his home Monday night and ate a breakfast casserole provided by Deanna Favre on Tuesday morning.

Longwell said the group told Favre, "Let's do this one more year."