For a few minutes Brett Favre, the future Hall of Fame field general, was a man without a starting spot on a NFL team. In fact, he was simply a man with out a team.
You may be one who thinks that Favre should have simply stay retired. Or maybe you’re one of those fans who thinks that the Green Bay Packers should have welcomed him back? Then again, perhaps you feel that they guy should play anywhere but somewhere because he still has gas in his tank?
Whatever you believe, one thing that everyone can agree about Favre is that he can certainly make life interesting. Of course, the Green Bay Packers and coach Mike McCarthy don’t necessarily appreciate how interesting he made life for them.
Well, the soap opera may finally be over in Green Bay, as the Packers have traded Favre to the New York Jets. The trade occurred on Wednesday.
In a statement released early Thursday, Woody Johnson, Jets Chairman and CEO, said, “I am looking forward to seeing Brett Favre in a New York Jets uniform.” Johnson noted, “He represents a significant addition to this franchise, and reflects our commitment to putting the best possible product on the field.”
Johnson lauded Mike Tannenbaum, saying that the Jets general manager and his staff “did a great job of navigating this complex process.” Johnson then added, “I am excited about welcoming Brett, Deanna and their family to the Jets organization.”
The 38-year old Favre holds numerous NFL passing records and led the Packers to the 2007 NFC Championship game in which he threw the interception that would lead to Green Bay losing to the New York Giants in OT.
Who Will Start for the Jets?
The next controversy to involve Favre concerns his status in the Jets quarterback pecking order. Will he start? Apparently he has a chance. Neither Chad Pennington nor Kellen Clemens distinguished themselves enough in 2007 to secure the spot for this season, and as of Tuesday, Jets head coach Eric Mangini had not made a decision as to who would be the number one signal caller.
With the trade, the Packers will receive compensation in the form of a draft pick. A fourth-round pick is assured, but if Favre takes 50% of the total season snaps, then a third-round pick will be given to Green Bay. If the Jets new QB gets 70% of the hiked balls and the Jets make the post-season, then the Pack qualifies for a second rounder. Finally, if Favre takes 80% of the snaps and the team goes to the Super Bowl, the compensation will be a first-round draft pick.
The other team that was interested in Favre was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For the Packers, they’re sticking with Aaron Rodgers as their new signal caller.
The entire situation recently turned the Green Bay practices into a carnival as fans were shouting, “Bring back Brett” and reporters kept focusing on Favre’s reinstatement and desire to play for the Pack rather than the upcoming football season and what was happening in camp.