Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
The Brett Favre story is keeping things lively in the NFC North. Few people seems swayed by agent Bus Cook's reiteration Wednesday that Favre plans to remain retired despite his request to be released from the New York Jets' reserve/retired list.
I'm leaning toward that camp as well. Cook said it was a necessary administrative move for Favre to retire a member of the Green Bay Packers. Technically, that's true. But from everything I can tell, a reunion/retirement ceremony won't happen for a while. There are a few repair jobs on both sides left to be done, on both sides, before they start singing "Kumbayah" outside of Lambeau Field.
If Favre decides to play in 2009, the Star Tribune's Patrick Reusse is convinced Minnesota will jump at the opportunity.
The Vikings demonstrated on Saturday, when they made the strange decision to take the injury-prone, undersized, dope-smoking [Percy] Harvin over Michael Oher, a starting offensive tackle for the next decade, that selling tickets is currently the team's top priority. The Vikings' need for a big-time right tackle was greater than for a receiver, and that leaves creating a buzz -- not improving the roster -- as the main motive for taking Harvin.
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette is warning Packers fans to get used to that idea.
Circle Nov. 1 on your calendar, because that's the day Brett Favre could stroll onto Lambeau Field as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. Don't be shocked if Favre, who was granted his release by the New York Jets on Tuesday, gets the itch to play again and lands with the quarterback-challenged Vikings. The only thing that could stop this marriage from happening is the torn biceps in Favre's right arm, which might require surgery and could keep the 39-year-old quarterback permanently on the shelf.
Ultimately, that biceps issue is going to play an important role. Favre said in February he would need surgery to repair it if he wanted to play again, and that was a major consideration in his retirement decision. He'll either need to have the surgery or devise a plan to rehabilitate it, which would require exhaustive offseason work, in order to have it ready for training camp.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Packers coach Mike McCarthy had little to say about Favre during a radio interview Wednesday, according to Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune explains Harvin's likely spot in the NFL's substance abuse program.
It looks like Chicago is moving tight end Lance Louis, a seventh-round draft pick, to offensive line. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times notes the change.
Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago breaks down the Bears' safety position following the draft, suggesting the possibility that Corey Graham could move to free safety if Nate Vasher regains his previous form.
Charlie Sanders, Detroit's Hall of Fame tight end, is a likely mentor for Lions rookie Brandon Pettigrew, writes Terry Foster of the Detroit News.
Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com previews the Lions' rookie minicamp, which opens Friday.