You have my permission to be skeptical of Brett Favre's apparent intention to retire rather than play this season for the Minnesota Vikings. I know I am.
Favre deserves nothing but our skepticism, especially after announcing his retirement in March 2008. And July 2009. And, privately, several more times in between. Someday, it will be for real. But the only way we'll know that is if the season comes and goes without Favre in uniform. We're six months from that eventuality.
It's true, there might be more going on than we know. But this roller coaster is turning into a joke. I'm here at the Detroit Lions' training camp -- amazing, isn't it? -- and the first five Lions people I talked to all expressed the same reaction that you and I have.
As in, let's just wait a minute and see whether this really plays out the way it's being suggested it might.
Remember, Favre began texting Vikings players and coaches in July 2009 with the news that he would retire. He formally told coach Brad Childress the same thing on the eve of training camp, and within days he was texting Vikings players and asking them how camp was going.
By mid-August, he was on the practice field.
We will be taking a bit of a wait and see approach in the rankings here at 4for4.com. With today's update, Favre will fall some, as will the Vikings WRs and TE, but not to the levels we would put them at if we knew for sure Favre wouldn't be playing this season and Tavaris Jackson would be the starter.
At this point we would still give Favre at least a 50% chance of playing Week 1, and it is always possible he starts out on the PUP list and returns after 6 weeks. A formal retirement announcement would do some to clear the air, but until Favre files his retirement papers with the league there will always be a chance he changes his mind.