Vikings send three players to Mississippi to lure back Favre

Last week, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen(notes) set an Aug. 27 deadline for when he thought Brett Favre(notes) should announce his plans for the 2010 season. On Tuesday, Allen and two Vikings teammates set about to hasten the process.

Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Allen, offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson(notes) and kicker Ryan Longwell(notes) were sent to Favre's Hattiesburg, Miss., home on Tuesday to try and convince the quarterback to return to the team this season. The three players missed Tuesday morning's practice despite the fact that they were all in attendance on Monday and were not known to have been nursing any injuries.

Earlier this month, Zugland reported that Favre had texted Vikings teammates telling them about his retirement. Though other sources confirmed Zugland's report, Favre denied ever sending the texts.

If the quarterback's goal with his third faux-retirement was to get more money and have people begging him to return, then he's accomplished that mission. Each of the three players who reportedly went on the visit had been non-committal earlier this month when asked about Favre's return. You got the sense each wanted Favre to return, but none of them seemed willing to risk alienating current quarterback Tarvaris Jackson(notes) or Sage Rosenfels(notes) by openly lobbying Favre to return.

Hurting the feelings of Jackson and Rosenfels isn't an issue anymore. The Vikings front office, coaching staff and players know that their success this season will be contingent on Favre returning. A few weeks ago, they were willing to keep their distance in hopes that Favre would return on his own. Now that it's clear Favre is going to make them step foot in his circus, the team reluctantly has done so.

There's no turning back now. It's Favre or bust.

Update: According to the NFL Network's Scott Hanson, it worked. He reported at 2:40 ET that Favre is on a jet heading to Minnesota. A Mississippi newspaper also reports Favre is set to rejoin the Vikings.

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