Newsday's Bob Glauber goes the extra yard for the inside scoop on the NFL.
Source: Favre involved in Tomlinson recruitment talks
Brett Favre hasn't announced his intentions about playing in 2010, but we came across what appears to be a gigantic clue that he'll be back.
That clue is this: A source familiar with the Vikings situation told me that Favre was heavily involved in the recruitment process late last week for running back LaDainian Tomlinson. It is believed that Favre spoke to Tomlinson by phone and enlisted his help for the 2010 Vikings. Favre, we're told, made the point that Tomlinson would be the perfect complement to the Vikings' offense, especially after the team lost backup running back Chester Taylor to the Bears.
So, where's the clue about Favre's plans? Well, the simple fact that the quarterback was involved in the process to begin with is further proof that he intends to play next season, even if the decision is being kept secret at this point.
Even if Favre were wavering about retirement, we doubt he'd be so up front in trying to convince Tomlinson to play for Minnesota. Put another way, why would Favre bother trying to convince Tomlinson to join the Vikings if Favre weren't a big part of that equation?
The Vikings had no immediate comment when asked about Favre's role in the Tomlinson recruiting situation.
The Jets also used their quarterback to woo Tomlinson; Mark Sanchez was at Friday night's dinner, along with Tomlinson, general manager Mike Tannenbaum, head coach Rex Ryan, and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.