Vikings' Allen believes Favre will return

Updated: June 17, 2010, 8:44 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said Brett Favre declined an invitation to attend his wedding recently, but Allen is convinced Favre won't decline the opportunity to play for the Vikes this fall.

"If I was a betting man, and I had to put money on it today, absolutely," Allen said Thursday when asked on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 if he thinks Favre will return. "I hope if the answer was no, he would have already had the wherewithal to tell us that he's not coming back so we could have done something in free agency.

"But again, the man's earned the right to do what he pleases. He hasn't let anybody down yet, so I'm not here to start harping on it yet."

Allen also didn't want to harp on the standoff between the Washington Redskins and Albert Haynesworth, who hasn't participated in offseason workouts in protest of the team switching defenses. Haynesworth, who signed a seven-year, $100 million contract as a free agent last year, said he doesn't believe he'll be able to excel in a 3-4 scheme, and he's demanded a trade.

"I try to stay out of other people's business," Allen said. "But not knowing all the details, just seeing what I've seen on the surface, if I'm a teammate like that, I'm probably pretty [ticked], because that's a pretty lucrative contract.

"I'm all for everybody getting the most money they can get, and getting paid, because our career is brutal and doesn't last very long. But I'm also a man of my word and integrity. When I sign a contract, I'm going to show up and I'm going to play it out. I think there's a better way of handling disputes, especially if an owner shows you the kind of love with his checkbook the owner showed him."

Allen was asked whether Haynesworth might have a point if he were promised he wouldn't have to play in a 3-4 defense when he signed the deal.

"Absolutely. I don't know the details," he said. "When you switch defenses like that, that's a tough thing to do.

"I know kind of where he's coming from. When I was looking at teams to go to ... is that team going to fit my bill? Am I looking at a defense where I can be successful? Now if you're asking him to switch to 3-4 style of defense and play a position he's not accustomed to playing, you can't expect him to be providing you the same type of production that maybe he's used to. There is a difference. ... I totally feel him from that side. That's why I don't get involved, because I don't know all the answers."