Favre signs with Vikes; season win total off the board temporarily

Several sportsbooks swiftly removed the Minnesota Vikings from their list of season over/under win totals following a report Tuesday morning by WCCO-TV in Minneapolis and ESPN that twice-retired quarterback Brett Favre will sign today with the team.

The move became official when Favre and Minnesota's management team addressed the media Tuesday evening. Favre signed a two-year contract worth a reported $10 million in the first with a $12 million option in the second.

Minnesota was set at anywhere between +1500 and +2000 to win the Super Bowl on Tuesday morning depending on where you place your bet and the Vikings are listed at around +165 to win the NFC North. 

"When Favre was initially planning on signing with the Vikings their odds to win the Super Bowl were 12-1 and jumped to 18-1 after he announced he would retire," says Bodog.com sportsbook manager Richard Gardner. "If he does in fact sign with the Vikings, the odds would drop back to 12-1 and line up with where the public was betting the Vikings on the assumption Favre would play."

Gardner also added the the Vikings season win total would take a jump by a half-game from 9 wins to 9.5.

Some books are talking about a larger adjustment. Randy Scott, sportsbook manager for betED.com, says his book might reopen with the Vikings' win total at 10.

"Our Vikings odds to win the Super Bowl were +2400 before we took it down," Scott says. "I suspect that number will drop at least to +1900."

Back in February, Favre said “yes” when asked in an interview if he could say definitively that there is no way he would play another NFL game. That didn’t stop a mountain of speculation this spring and summer that he would wind up with some team, most likely the Vikings.

If Favre does sign, this would mark the second time he came out of retirement to play for a new NFL club. Last year he played for the New York Jets after retiring from the Green Bay Packers following the 2007 season. Favre threw for 3,472 yards, 22 touchdowns and 22 interceptions with the Jets last year.

ESPN football analyst and former Viking Cris Carter is reporting that Favre will start in Minnesota's presesaon game on Friday. Oddsmakers currently have the Vikes as 3.5-point faves against the Chiefs with the total set at 36.

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Posted by dagrad
5 years ago

mtmm18...... if you love WHATEVER you are doing...it is tough to retire indeed. However, make up your mind at least. All I am saying is....if Favre wants to play...then he should play. Just like if you want to retire from McDonalds...retire. If not...I just flip my burger and ring me up.
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Posted by mtmm18
5 years ago

I bet it's real easy to decide to retire from Mcdonalds, probably a little more difficult to step away from the game he loves and plays so well. Quit whining about it, if you don't like him don't watch. What are you all from Green Bay?
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Posted by mtmm18
5 years ago

I've got 1000$ that says favre makes it farther than 8 games without injury.
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Posted by dagrad
5 years ago

Is it me...or Brett Favre is just a little DRAMA queen girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by FATSTAX
5 years ago

Vikings Super Bowl Bound!!!
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Posted by conman12
5 years ago

The next time he says he will retire, everyone should not even listen. I wish he would just go away!!!!!!!! I think he will hurt the Vikes. I will bet large on the two games with the Packers. Go Packers.
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Posted by josbran
5 years ago

Anyone who thinks that Farve will lead the Vikes to the Super Bowl is smoking some dope. This guy is done at age 40. My prediction is that the Vikes lose both games to the Packers and go 7-9 for the saeson. Remember they suprised a lot of teams last year with an easy schedule. Won't happen this year. The only reason the Vikes signed him was to stick it to the Packers!!!
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Posted by sporty_chic
5 years ago

even though Favres comeback is a great thing for the NFL & the fans, i still don't like the vikings chances to get in the playoffs... call me crazy...lol and that sage rosenfeld cost me last year against the colts (he fumbled 3 times)... haha, sage was pissed as hell today when being interviewed by the media... and i hope all the Vikings spreads now will be over-inflated because of Favre ;) $$$
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Posted by Kande
5 years ago

NYY SURE GAME
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Posted by Breakbeat_king
5 years ago

of all the aspects of this story to write an article about, you write about the "total wins" movement!??? yeah ok..... and what a skeleton of an article this is anyway! theres nothing here??? ...lame and for the record: Farve or not, he's "good for the NFL" right now... adds another level of interest to this NFL season... good for him & good for us fans (just look what Kurt Warner did last year -as a supposed "old/washed up" QB)... & also good BTW for the vikings coach, who all of a sudden is very thin at the QB position... (recent toe & ankle injuries with their QBs).... Go Farve!!!!!!
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Posted by FBtropi
5 years ago

What little respect I HAD for this guy is GONE. I wonder how the Jets feel looking at this unfolding today? I am not a Pack or Vikes fan, but like alot of NFL fans, I have become tired of this BS. I can only imagine how fans in Packer land must be reacting. Favre has NO credibility left, NONE, as not more than a month ago he lied AGAIN to these same Vikings! Maybe it was staged, as he hates pre-season and the workouts. His numbers in the Metrodome are BAD, as a starter for the pack, even saying during his time there, he hated playing in domed Stadiums and preferred the cold and outdoors. Amazing what 10 million and a woody towards his old employers will do for a mind set. His numbers over the last four years have steadily declined, especially in the last quarter of the season. I can see why Vikes fans would be excited, as they have a good D and a stud at RB, but in my humble opinion, when it's all said and done, the Vikings are going to be exactly where the Jets where last year, come the end of December, this year. It should make it interesting though with all the hype on BOTH games against the Pack. A police escort and helicopters following him into the Vikes facility today??? Here we go AGAIN...
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Posted by yisman
5 years ago

^ under is the pick. I'm sick of this guy. I'm sick of saying I'm sick of this guy. How many times can one guy retire and unretire?
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Posted by elhandicapper
5 years ago

OVER/UNDER 8 Games before Farve goes out with an injury. Under -120 Any Takers?
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Posted by pfly1987
5 years ago

Well its not about money--he's made that --its about reputation...Its ruined but oh well that's not any of us Hell fade even worse this time and grab his arm again so people can feel sorry for him!
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Posted by poolguy007
5 years ago

Go to hell Farve!
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Posted by thebigg
5 years ago

Lets See... The Vikings Are Giving Farr 10 to 12 Million to Play this year. Thats about 18 Thousand 7 Hundred and fifty Bucks every 15 Minutes. Now tell me again whos the dummy ?
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Posted by pfly1987
5 years ago

I'm retired--Oh I'm not retired--I quit--no I'm going to play I was just kidding--I'm retired--No I want to play again!! Can somebody make my mind up? I want to .......... Gee I don't know what I want!
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Posted by Guttermouth
5 years ago

douche-bag
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Posted by pfly1987
5 years ago

Thanks for changing all the odds--go back to mississipi
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Posted by pfly1987
5 years ago

"Thanks for changing all the odds--go back to mississipi"