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Favre joins Vikings; Packers take news in stride

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River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Brett Favre is coming back again, and this time it's with the Minnesota Vikings.

After weeks of speculation, Favre ended his second retirement on Tuesday.

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He boarded a plane from Mississippi to St. Paul, underwent a physical at the Vikings' training facility, then signed a contract. Reports have the deal at two years worth a possible $25 million should all the clauses regarding performance and health be met.

Favre says he's excited by the opportunity, because every level of the Vikings' organization -- from owners to coaches to players -- are committed to bringing home a championship.

Less than a month ago, Favre told Minnesota coach Brad Childress that he was not ready to make a comeback. Childress says Favre's knowledge of the Vikings' system, and his knowledge of the NFC North Division, are a big advantage. Favre's first chance on the field will be Friday against Kansas City in a preseason game.

The Packers aren't spending a lot of time or energy thinking about Brett Favre's return to the NFL, if their response Tuesday is any indication.

Players took the news of Favre's return in stride.

Cornerback Al Harris says Favre has to do what he needs to, and Harris's focus is on upcoming opponent Buffalo.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers says the news doesn't have anything to do with him, and changes nothing about the Packers.

Linebacker Nick Barnett says he's not worried about Minnesota either because rival Chicago is up first on the regular-season schedule.

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