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Vikings should cut ties with Favre; Twins overpaid
March 28, 2010 - Per Peterson
Unless they already know Brett Favre will be back in a purple uniform next year, the Vikings need to act now and pursue Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. With Favre (if he comes back), the Vikings get one more year, and it’s safe to say he’ll have trouble repeating what he did last year. With McNabb, they can bring him in for the next three to five years. Both are proven winners, but McNabb is younger, more mobile and, like Favre, knows coach Childress and the offensive. Plus, bringing McNabb in means the Vikings and their fans won’t have to deal with the waffling that comes with Favre. And if Favre isn’t willing to at least take part in some of training camp, he’s simply not worth it. Favre had the Vikings brass wrapped around his finger last year and it appears they still are. But there’s no sense in waiting. A year ago, the McNabb option wasn’t out there and the Vikings put their hopes on Favre agreeing to play. He did, and they won. Almost went to the Super Bowl. Today, the Vikings have options, and they should remind Favre of that. Favre probably will come back, but the simple fact that there’s a “probably” still hanging out there should prompt the Vikings to get over their love affair with the 40-year-old signal caller, get a deal done with McNabb and move on in preparation for the upcoming season. Oh, and by the way, the Twins overpaid for Joe Mauer. Everyone’s favorite Twin did the Twins a disservice by not agreeing to something in the ballpark of $14 million to $18 million. You mean $16 million’s not enough? Mauer could’ve saved his beloved Twins a boatload of money of which they could’ve used to add some important pieces, i.e. a real closer. Without that money, the Twins might have to steal from their own cupboard and make one of their set-up pitchers their closer. Problem is, none are capable of even coming close to filling Joe Nathan’s shoes. Sorry Twins fans, it’s going to be a long season watching game after game after game get away from us in the ninth inning. At least we have an overpaid Joe Mauer to watch for the next eight years. Mauer wants the Twins to improve the team around him, yet wouldn’t settle for less money. I know this might not be a popular sentiment, but Mauer’s just not worth that kind of dough.
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