Report: Childress travels to meet Favre

Updated: May 7, 2009, 10:48 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress left the Twin Cities on a commercial flight Wednesday night and was scheduled to meet retired quarterback Brett Favre sometime Thursday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

A source close to the situation told ESPN's Rachel Nichols that Childress did not leave the Vikings' complex in suburban Minneapolis until early Wednesday evening and that Favre and Childress did not meet Wednesday night.

If the pair do talk, it is unclear where the meeting will take place. The Star Tribune speculated it would be in Hattiesburg, Miss., where Favre lives.

Childress will gauge Favre's level of interest in returning to the league to play with the Vikings. The future Hall of Famer retired after leading the New York Jets to a 9-7 record last season. Favre was hampered late in the year by a torn biceps in his throwing arm.

The biceps likely will be a topic of discussion between Childress and Favre. The Star Tribune reported that according to NFL sources, Favre would agree to undergo a minor procedure in which doctors would finish cutting the tendon. This procedure would have a quick recovery time, with Favre being ready to go before training camp.

Favre wanted to play for the Vikings last season, but the Green Bay Packers specifically eliminated their NFC North rivals as a destination when they negotiated the trade that sent Favre to the Jets last August.

Although Favre said he would not return next season, he never anticipated the Jets would release him after drafting Mark Sanchez in the first round, and he could see the Vikings as the opportunity to fulfill the goal he was deprived of last season -- winning a Super Bowl.

The Vikings had planned to have Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels compete for the starting quarterback position in training camp.

With Jackson battling injuries last season, journeyman Gus Frerotte started 11 games and led the Vikings in passing.

Minnesota finished 10-6 to capture the NFC North but lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the playoffs in a game started by Jackson.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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