ESPN is reporting that Brett Favre has informed Coach Brad Childress that he will stay retired.
"It was the hardest decision I've ever made," Favre told ESPN. "I didn't feel like physically I could play at a level that was acceptable. I would like to thank everyone, including the Packers, Jets and Vikings - but, most importantly, the fans."
"I had to be careful not to commit for the wrong reasons," Favre said. "They were telling me, 'You went through all this, you had the surgery and you've got to finish it off.' But I have legitimate reasons for my decision. I'm 39 with a lot of sacks to my name."
"I just think it was a rare opportunity to explore a Hall of Fame quarterback who had background in the NFC and in this division," Childress said to The Star Tribune. "He knows our system inside out ... This doesn't change anything about how I feel about our football team."
"I just got off the phone with Brad, and Brett said he's staying retired," Vikings defensive end Jared Allen told FOXSports.com Tuesday. "He said he couldn't deal with the daily grind. He said he felt like he let us down before it got started."
"You know what, we were never really sure he was coming anyway, so we've always backed up Tarvaris and Sage. We feel we can win with the guys we have here. I'm glad it's over."
Fortunately for fantasy owners, there's plenty of time before the season starts. Most drafts haven't happened yet. The unfortunate part is that we're stuck with either Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels to choose from in MIN.