New Minnesota Vikings receiver Greg Jennings told KFAN in Minneapolis Monday that he was in contact with former NFL quarterback Brett Favre before making his decision to leave the Green Bay Packers for the rival Vikings.
“Literally, as I got off the plane and (offensive coordinator Bill) Musgrave walked up to me, I’m on the phone with Brett,” Jennings said, per Vikings Update of Scout.com. “I spoke with Brett two or three times throughout this process. He shot me straight. I knew if there was one person that would shoot straight and tell me exactly what I wanted to hear and things I possibly didn’t want to hear, it would be Brett. He did that for me.”
Conspiracy theorists who assume Favre did this to stick it to the Packers can chill. There’s no reason to make a mountain out of ant hill here.
Jennings, a former teammate of Favre’s from 2006-07, simply reached out for advice on a difficult decision Favre had experience with and received it. This might be more of a story had Favre denied Jennings any wisdom about making what was certain to be the polarizing choice of leaving Green Bay for the Vikings.
Jennings was searching for financial security and then received a better monetary deal from Minnesota. That reality paved his eventual deal with the Vikings, not Favre’s harmless advice.