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According to Foxsports.com, the Packers have finally put an end to the Brett Favre era in Green Bay.
It’s rumored that the Jets will send a conditional 2009 4th round pick based on their 2008 performance to the Packers. If Favre sees 80% of the team’s snaps at QB AND somehow the Jets make the Super Bowl, the pick would turn into a 1st rounder.
Late Tuesday night, Jets Head Coach Eric Mangini reportedly spoke to Brett for the first time to convince him that the Jets would be a good fit for him. Originally, Favre wasn’t interested in going to the NY Jets, but clearly this conversation with Mangini has helped change that. It was rumored recently that Brett would have to go the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of the Packers refusal to ship him to another NFC North rival. But somehow the Jets swept in and stole him right out from under Jon Gruden’s feet.
That said, the Jets are expected to release a quarterback. That quarterback is likely to be the oft-maligned Chad Pennington, whose release will help alleviate the salary cap situation to make room for Brett.
Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy and Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson issued the following joint statement:
“Brett has had a long and storied career in Green Bay, and the Packers owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for everything he accomplished on the field and for the impact he made in the state. It is with some sadness that we make this announcement, but also with the desire for certainty that will allow us to move the team and organization forward in the most positive way possible.
“We respect Brett’s decision that he could no longer remain here as a Packer. But there were certain things we were not willing to do because they were not in the best interest of the team. We were not going to release him nor trade him to a team within the division. When Brett ultimately decided that he still wanted to play football, but not in Green Bay, we told him that we would work to find the best solution for all parties involved. We wish Brett and his family well.
“We appreciate the tremendous passion shown by our fans. We, like them, always will see Brett Favre as a Green Bay Packer and our respect for him never will change. Moving forward, we are dedicated to delivering a successful 2008 season for all Packers fans.”
First off, I have to say I called this. But what I didn’t call was that it would be a team NOT named the Green Bay Packers. I never expected the Pack would just sever ties with him like this. And now, the AFC East is certainly a more intriguing story-line to follow this season. The Pats still have it wrapped up, but the Jets have been quite pesky since the Man-Genius has taken the helm (and a lot of our own players). Many of the writers at SoB wanted this to happen. I was NOT one of them, but it will certainly be exciting to see what happens with this. The Legend is back.
Edit (1:32 AM EST): Heh, the Jets can’t wait to capitalize on Favre, you can buy #4 in Jet Green right now. The Jets have also announced that Chad Pennington WILL be traded or released Thursday (today).
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