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Posted: Friday May 1, 2009 7:43PM; Updated: Saturday May 2, 2009 2:03AM

Childress: Vikes will discuss Favre

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Childress did not say if he had spoken to Favre directly

The Vikings will assess Favre's interest later this offseason

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minnesota (AP) -- Quarterback great Brett Favre says he's retired, but Minnesota coach Brad Childress acknowledges the Vikings may try to woo him back to the NFL later in this offseason.

Childress declined on Friday to directly answer a question about whether he plans to speak to Favre soon. The coach said he has been too busy with the NFL draft and the team's rookie minicamp.

Favre received a release from the New York Jets earlier this week. The 39-year-old Favre left his future open with the disclaimer "at this time" in a statement affirming his retirement.

The Green Bay Packers -- the team where Favre made his name as one of the game's best ever quarterbacks -- filed tampering charges against the Vikings last summer, alleging inappropriate contact with Favre while he was weighing up retiring. The league dismissed the case.

Asked whether the team discussed the possibility of pursuing Favre now that he's a free agent, Childress said no.

"We haven't. It doesn't mean we won't," Childress said. "We talk about everything, from what's going on in the United States on the front page today. ... So, yeah, I'm sure we'll talk about that."

After watching Favre come out of retirement and subsequent trade to the Jets around this time last year, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy doesn't want to get sucked into another offseason saga this time around.

"If Brett wants to play football, he should play football," McCarthy said Friday. "And that's really my stance on it. I mean, if he still wants to play, he should take advantage of his opportunities."

For now, the Vikings are moving forward with Tarvaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels and John David Booty at quarterback, a spot that has been unsettled since Childress took the job in 2006.

"I'm more focused on the guys that are here, participating in the offseason program," Childress said. "I'm more focused on our three quarterbacks right now -- Tarvaris and Sage and J.D. -- that are progressing through this program."

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