METAIRIE, La. ― That Brett Favre formally announced that he was coming back for another season surprised no one in Metairie, La., Wednesday.

Least of all players from the last team that Favre played against.

'I could predict that he was going to come back,' Saints free safety Darren Sharper said. 'It was just a matter of time.'

Favre was beat up and bruised in the Saints' 31-28 overtime victory against Minnesota in the NFC championship game.

Pictures surfaced shortly after the game of a black and blue ankle that eventually required surgery. Not too long into preseason, it was reported that Favre would retire because his ankle was still hurting.

But Wednesday, he announced he was coming back.

'The guy loves football,' Saints quarterback Drew Brees said. 'You just get the feeling that he is going to play as long as his body will allow him. That was the big issue, at least it seemed to be, was if his ankle was going to be 100 percent.'

Yet, just because Favre is coming back doesn't raise the intrigue level within New Orleans' locker room.

'Never in my mind did I assume that he was not going to be on the other side of the field,' Brees said. 'It was just my expectations, I guess.'

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