The Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Fox Sports are reporting that Brett Favre has been informing teammates and team officials that he's retiring.
A high-ranking Minnesota Vikings official just told me in a text message that "nothing is definite" and that it's still a work in progress.
But, that may be wishful thinking on the team's part, especially since they've invested so much in the Pro Bowl and future Hall of Fame quarterback to return.
Currently, Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels are the veteran quarterbacks on the roster. The Vikings without Favre would definitely change the landscape of the NFC North.
The Vikings are still a very talented team, loaded with Pro Bowl players, but they could go from having arguably the best player in the division at the most important position -- certainly the best credentials -- to the worst starter in the division at the most important position.
The Vikings reached the NFC Championship game last season.
Since this would be Favre's third retirement, it's hard to believe it until he actually issues a statement or grants interviews. But, then again, would that suffice?
Now, I can see where that Vikings official is coming from...