Minnesota Vikings pursuing Brett Favre and Warren Moon

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Updated: April 1, 2013

General manager Rick Spielman has reached out to former Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks Warren Moon and Brett Favre, according to reports.

Hot on the heels of the news that the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders have come to terms on a trade that will send backup quarterback Matt Flynn to Oakland in exchange for draft picks, the Minnesota Vikings have redoubled their efforts to .

To this point, the former Raiders first-round pick has played coy in his flirtation with Minnesota. He has made no secret of the fact that he wants to play with a than he has encountered in Oakland, where he has taken passes from the likes of JaMarcus Russell and Terrell Pryor.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is reportedly scrambling to reassure the reticent receiver that the team intends to surround him with talent as he seeks to resurrect his career and Minnesota makes that final push toward a Super Bowl championship.

It’s not clear how interested Brett Favre would be in returning to play for the Minnesota Vikings.

Returning to the well

Reports emerged this afternoon that Spielman has been in contact with , seeking to gauge their interest in a possible return to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. If successful, the move could prove to be a strategic coup for Spielman, who has found his efforts to rebuild the team hamstrung by a dire lack of cap room.

No word yet on any reaction from the normally placid and unflappable Christian Ponder. The is believed to have been housebound for the last several weeks as he devotes his offseason to catching up on the that accumulated during the 2012 regular season.

Less subdued in his response was the always-outspoken backup quarterback Matt Cassel, recently acquired from the Kansas City Chiefs. In his only statement of the day, he seemed to indicate that he believes Spielman’s seeming desperation validates Cassel’s own position as the of the Minnesota Vikings.

Future outlook

Spielman did not respond to requests for comment, but his motivations for making this move seem clear enough. Brett Favre and Warren Moon put up two of the three greatest seasons by any Vikings quarterback of the past two decades, but after several seasons away from the game, they would presumably come back for cheap. That being said, with the loss of wide receiver Percy Harvin to Seattle, Spielman might be forced to a bit.

If neither Favre nor Moon jumps at the opportunity to suit up in Purple and Gold this year, all is not lost. Spielman still has .

In any case, it must be reassuring to Heyward-Bey that Spielman has given no indication that he intends to follow up on his in New York Jets role player Tim Tebow.

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Rourke Douglas Decker covers the Green Bay Packers beat for the Water Cooler Sports Network. He resides with his family in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He can be reached for questions or comments at . Connect with .

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Prit
Prit

Died in here, pretty quickly. 

Green And Gold
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 Same look after a playoffs game in the Georgia Dome

Prit
Prit

  Almost as quick as the t.v.'s turned off in Wisconsin the week before that... 

Borderline Football Brilliant
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The new "pussified" NFL

Under terms of the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, offseason programs are limited to nine weeks and consist of three different phases. 

During the first phase, which is conducted the first two weeks, activities are limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehab, with only strength and conditioning coaches allowed on the field with players. Helmets are prohibited, and footballs are permitted on the field only for quarterbacks throwing to receivers provided they are not covered by other players.

In the second phase, which takes place the next three weeks, all coaches are allowed on the field. Workouts may include individual player instruction and drills, but helmets and drills pitting the offense against the defense are prohibited, except during minicamp.

The third phase, which is conducted the next four weeks, may include up to 10 days of organized team activity (OTA) workouts. All coaches are permitted on the field and players may wear helmets, but one-on-one drills involving the offense and defense are not allowed.

Live contact is prohibited in all offseason workouts; and (excluding OTAs and minicamp) players may not be at the club facility for more than four hours per day, four days per week, on weekends, or on the field for more than 90 minutes per day.

Prit
Prit

 I know guys who had to do two a days are pissed... 

Borderline Football Brilliant
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That schedule leaves a lot of time for current and future Lions players to smoke weed and find trouble.

Prit
Prit

  They do need that extra time to find trouble.... 

niemerg1
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everyone needs to stay limber...

Borderline Football Brilliant
Borderline Football Brilliant

Bears released Matt Toeaina. That's a bit of a surprise.

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I thought you had work to do.

Borderline Football Brilliant
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Short meeting. I actually took the rest of the day off.

niemerg1
niemerg1

  im not limber enough to do that to myself...

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Oh, so I suppose you'll be lurking around here all day. I better find something else to do.

JVince 11
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  he already "worked it" this morning and is back.

niemerg1
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  thats his job...its hard work slacking off

The High Flyer
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Good morning northerners!

Prit
Prit

 Northerner? I'm down South further than you... 

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22.7% of all North Americans live in Mexico.

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There are 4 million more people in California than in Canada.

Prit
Prit

 So Canada is the place to go?