Although his official status remains uncertain, Brett Favre has been known announce his plan of a return for the upcoming season just before training camp in each year since he originally announced his retirement from the Green Bay Packers after the 2007 season. In 2009, Favre, 40, enjoyed what was possibly his most successful season in more than a decade, with the highest quarterback rating in a single season for his career and once again started every game of the season as he has done every year since 1993.
In their wait until Favre’s announcement on his decision to return the Minnesota Vikings re-signed backup quarterback Tavaris Jackson, who finished 2007 with a quarterback rating of 70.8 in 12 starts, and started only five of nine games played in 2008. Despite possibility of any offseason moves the Vikings could make to compensate for the loss of Favre next season, it is no secret that Favre was a major factor in the Vikings’ success in 2009. Minnesota finished 2009 with a 12-4 record—their best since 1998—and made their first NFC Conference Championship playoff appearance since 2000.
With the re-signing of Tavaris Jackson being the most significant offseason move for the Vikings thus far, the Vikings have made it rather clear that their plans will be built around their hope that Favre will return once again next season.