Favre on the practice field this morning.

We should have known better and we probably did, but both Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Jay Glazer of Fox Sports are typically pretty reliable guys. So, when they said Brett Favre told people within the Minnesota Vikings organization he was retiring, we leaned towards believing them.

Of course, in the back of our mind, we also know what a duplicitous cunt Brett Favre is. Frankly, it looks like we’ve all been had again.

Word out of Minnesota is Favre did indeed tell people within the organization he planned to retire — something confirmed by Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.

And yet, every sign points to him not retiring and instead using the Vikings for his own purposes.

First, there was the report out of Hattiesburg, Miss. where a member of Favre’s family said the quarterback hadn’t made a decision.

“Brett has not made a commitment to play or a decision to return at this point,” the family source said.

That lead to speculation Favre was using the retirement ploy to get more money out of the Vikings and/or to get them to give him more time to sit around at home during the preseason.

Since Favre himself has remained silent, and since we believe the reports that he has advised team officials and teammates that he’s retiring, this whole thing could be a power play aimed at getting more money for Favre or, more likely, getting the team off his ass about showing up for the third preseason game.

Indeed, we’ve got a feeling that the organization had been pressuring him to show up for the preseason home opener, and that Favre finally decided to make it known that he simply won’t show up at all. By never acknowledging it himself, he’ll never look like he was lying.

Favre, of course, has been mum on the whole situation just like he was… hmmm… when was that? When he unretired from the New York Jets to stick it to the Green Bay Packers by signing with the Minnesota Vikings? Oh yeah. Just like that time.

Enter Favre’s former quarterback coach with the Packers, Steve Mariucci, who then offered this glimpse of hope for the Vikings.

Mariucci has been texting back-and-forth with Favre on Tuesday, and delivered this message: “Everyone needs to calm down a little bit.”

According to Mariucci, Favre told him he’s simply trying to get healthy and has no timetable from the Vikings to report to training camp. Not only that, the Vikings would prefer if Favre waited until he was fully healed and then show up to Eden Prairie, similar to what he did last year.

“Right now his ankle is improving,” Mariucci told NFL Network. “It’s not where it needs to be yet. Obviously that probably can affect your conditioning level, if he can’t run as he could last year, with just the shoulder injury. So really, he hasn’t retired officially yet. He’s trying to see where his ankle goes, still.”

Well, that’s fucking convenient for Brett, isn’t it? Favre had ankle surgery earlier this offseason and it appears to be the only obstacle to him coming back for the 2010 season.

The Vikings, who would have to go into the season with Tarvaris Jackson as their starting quarterback if Favre did retire, are obviously in panic mode.

The team reportedly offered Favre an additional $7 million to play this season. That would bring his total salary to $20 million, $16 million of which would be guaranteed, with the other $4 million coming in incentives.

If that isn’t enough, Zulgad also suggested Favre may be able to skip all of training camp and the preseason and show up before the beginning of the regular season.

That’s a real team guy, that Brett Favre. A real stand-up individual.

Finally, the AP is reporting this morning that Favre was on the practice field at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg. He made no comments to reporters.

Go figure.

I’m so glad Brett Favre is your fucking problem, Minnesota.