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RuthlessBurgher
08-07-2008, 12:02 AM
From ESPN.com:


Report: Favre Traded To Jets
Brett Favre was reportedly traded to the New York Jets on Wednesday night. Foxsports.com reports the Jets will send a draft pick to Green Bay for the future Hall of Fame quarterback.

More details to come.

stlrz d
08-07-2008, 12:04 AM
I posted this in "around the NFL" or whatever since the topics keep getting moved there.

It would be much easier to catch all the NFL news if we could put it here.

RuthlessBurgher
08-07-2008, 12:05 AM
Here is the Fox story:

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/8381934/Packers-trade-Favre-to-Jets


Packers trade Favre to Jets
by Jay Glazer

Jay Glazer is a Senior NFL Writer for FOXSports.com on MSN and also appears every week on FOX NFL Sunday as the network's NFL Insider.

Updated: August 6, 2008, 10:59 PM EST

The Brett Favre era in Green Bay is now officially over. But Favre's legendary career is not.

The month-long saga has finally come to an end, with the Packers agreeing to trade their future Hall-of-Fame quarterback to the New York Jets, FOXSports.com has learned.
The exact compensation was not immediately known, but it is believed to be a single draft pick that increases in value depending upon how the Jets perform during the 2008 season.

As a result of this, the Jets will likely release a quarterback. Signs have been pointing to Chad Pennington as the likely culprit because the team will need to free up cap room to fit Favre's contract under the salary cap.

The Jets were much more aggressive than the Bucs in their pursuit of Favre all along. The bigger issue was getting Favre on the same page as the Packers front office as far as the Jets were concerned.

Finally, late Tuesday, Favre talked to Jets head coach Eric Mangini and others in the organization for the first time as they tried to convince Favre he would be a good fit in New York.

The Packers had been hopeful of getting a deal done with the Jets for two reasons. One, it was the better offer on the table as far as the quality of the compensation. Two, it sends Favre out of the conference, meaning a meeting in the playoffs is an extreme longshot.

This trade caps a roller-coaster offseason ride for Favre the 38-year-old owner of nearly every meaningful passing record in NFL history and the franchise that became synonymous with his legendary No. 4 jersey. Favre's on-again, off-again retirement has monopolized headlines for the past two months as news began trickling to the media that the legendary passer was second-guessing both his retirement decision and his status in Green Bay.

The sports world first bid farewell to Favre in a nationally-televised press conference on March 6. At the time, the decision to retire seemed somewhat of a surprise considering the resounding success of Favre's 2007 campaign 4,155 passing yards, 28 touchdown passes, plus career-highs in both completion percentage (66.5 percent) and yards per attempt (7.8). In other words, one of pro football's best quarterbacks ever to play was his most accurate while throwing more deep balls than ever before ... in his 17th NFL season.

Most importantly, the Packers were coming off a revival of a season in which they went 13-3 record en route to winning the NFC North division title. Better yet, after the New York Giants shocked the NFC's No. 1 seeded Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs to give the Packers home-field advantage in the NFC Championship, the stars seemed to be aligning toward a perfect Hollywood storyline the legend going to the Super Bowl in his final year. It was going to be perfect after two straight years of subpar results and retirement waffling by No. 4, Favre was poised to have the chance to leave football on top like John Elway once did with Denver.

But Favre's fairy tale became a nightmare on a cold Sunday night in January as the Giants upset the Packers, leaving the veteran passer looking weathered and worn after another grueling season. Ironically it was Favre's longtime friendly rival, Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, who lived the fairy tale, won the Super Bowl and retired with a championship ring before being hired as an analyst on Fox NFL Sunday.

Still, last season was such a success that most fans and media expected Favre to return for at least one more season, if not more. And even Favre admitted at his own retirement press conference that he still knew he could play and that he would want to play again at some point before training camp began. Unbeknownst to the public at the time, Favre even flirted with a return shortly before April's NFL Draft a return which Green Bay says it was fully prepared to embrace until Favre flip-flopped yet again on March 29. As Packers head coach Mike McCarthy tells it, "we had reached a point of closure ... Those were his words. And he was going to stick with his initial decision."

It was after that fateful episode that the Packers finally moved on with Life Without Favre, completely handing the keys to the offense to Aaron Rodgers, the first full-time starting QB other than Favre since George Bush Sr. was Commander in Chief in 1992. Green Bay even selected not one, but two quarterbacks in the seven-round draft to fill the sizable void left by Favre.


It was around this time that word began leaking to the public that Green Bay might have a serious QB controversy on its hands. But while many could have predicted Favre's "itch" to return this summer, few were aware of the angst he felt towards the organization, an angst that contributed to his desire to play elsewhere.


On July 4, Favre text-messaged Thompson, who asked the quarterback to discuss the matter the following Monday upon return from vacation. A July 8 conference call was scheduled, during which for the first time throughout this up-and-down process Favre emphatically declared that he was once again 100 percent committed to football.

After the Favre camp mailed a letter to the Packers asking for his release, the dominoes continued to fall with other teams rumored as possible trade partners, tampering charges filed by the Packers against the rival Minnesota Vikings and around-the-clock media scrutiny surrounding both Favre and his now-former team. Both parties tried to stay tight-lipped publicly, but then there was the three-part Fox News interview and the infamous Boys and Girls Club grilling McCarthy about Green Bay's beloved No. 4.

As July 27 the date marking the start of Packers training camp creeped closer, the stalemate continued ... and it became clear that neither the Packers nor Favre wanted him in Green Bay amid the expected media circus that only P.T. Barnum could never comprehend. With new media gossip leaking daily, at first it seemed the Packers were getting desperate with reports that they might trade Favre within the NFC North. Packers President Mark Murphy even flew to Brett Favre, Mississippi (actually Hattiesburg) to offer the best quarterback in franchise history $20 million over 10 years NOT to come back to Green Bay.

Then reports surfaced that, after everything, Favre himself was considering budging from his position to accept the Packers' "marketing" offer. But he finally arrived in Packer-land intent on reporting for what McCarthy suddenly termed "an open competition."

But now ... finally ... we all know the answer to the question the quarterback with more touchdown passes, passing yards, completions and wins in league history has left the building in Green Bay, for good.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

RuthlessBurgher
08-07-2008, 12:06 AM
I posted this in "around the NFL" or whatever since the topics keep getting moved there.

It would be much easier to catch all the NFL news if we could put it here.

Okay...sorry about that. I'm just hoping the story dies now, so that I can turn on any sports related show on radio or TV and not be subjected to 95% Favre drama and 5% everything else.

stlrz d
08-07-2008, 12:18 AM
I posted this in "around the NFL" or whatever since the topics keep getting moved there.

It would be much easier to catch all the NFL news if we could put it here.

Okay...sorry about that. I'm just hoping the story dies now, so that I can turn on any sports related show on radio or TV and not be subjected to 95% Favre drama and 5% everything else.

No worries man...I think you even beat me by a few minutes. :)

costanza2k1
08-07-2008, 12:21 AM
Good now maybe our preseason game won't get interrupted by the NFL channel switching to the local sewer plant letting us know that Brett just took a dump and the crap is just rolling in.

birtikidis
08-07-2008, 12:36 AM
you guys think this is over? HA he's in NYC now, this is going to get even worse before it gets better.

RuthlessBurgher
08-07-2008, 12:43 AM
you guys think this is over? HA he's in NYC now, this is going to get even worse before it gets better.

The Brett vs. Brady build-up to the two Jets-Pats games will make me want to vomit, I'm sure.

blacknblue80s
08-07-2008, 01:18 AM
The Jets had better hold on to Pennington, Brett needs to learn the offense, get on the same page with their recievers and he only has a few weeks to do it.

This is a train wreck waiting to happen. :tt2

Shawn
08-07-2008, 01:25 AM
I posted this in "around the NFL" or whatever since the topics keep getting moved there.

It would be much easier to catch all the NFL news if we could put it here.

Now, that camp has started we are trying to keep this purely for Steelers news and discussion. Once people get used to going to the NFL section...discussion in that forum will pick up. It keeps things tidy. :)

Shawn
08-07-2008, 01:27 AM
you guys think this is over? HA he's in NYC now, this is going to get even worse before it gets better.

The Brett vs. Brady build-up to the two Jets-Pats games will make me want to vomit, I'm sure.

I can already taste the bile in the back of my throat.

frankthetank1
08-07-2008, 07:08 AM
The Jets had better hold on to Pennington, Brett needs to learn the offense, get on the same page with their recievers and he only has a few weeks to do it.

This is a train wreck waiting to happen.

i actually think the jets will be good this year and now that they actually have a qb i think they have a shot at a 9 win season or so. im kind of happy he went to the jets. i think they have a legite shot at giving the pats some competition for the afc east

stlrz d
08-07-2008, 07:15 AM
I posted this in "around the NFL" or whatever since the topics keep getting moved there.

It would be much easier to catch all the NFL news if we could put it here.

Now, that camp has started we are trying to keep this purely for Steelers news and discussion. Once people get used to going to the NFL section...discussion in that forum will pick up. It keeps things tidy. :)

That's one opinion. ;) :P

RussBII
08-07-2008, 09:44 AM
I wonder if Faneca will object to Brett coming in and learning the offense.

"Who wants to work w/ a future HOFer that doesn't know the offense?"

emosteve
08-07-2008, 10:07 AM
I was hoping whoever got Favre would then turn around and trade him to the Viks.

Apparently they thought of that. Trade has a catch that if that happened, they would have to give the Pack 3 1st round picks.

Maybe Pennington will go to the Viks....

:brownssuck

proudpittsburgher
08-07-2008, 10:57 AM
I was hoping whoever got Favre would then turn around and trade him to the Viks.

Apparently they thought of that. Trade has a catch that if that happened, they would have to give the Pack 3 1st round picks.

Maybe Pennington will go to the Viks....

:brownssuck

I was wondering the implications of a trade like this. This isn't like baseball. Favre is going to have to go in thyere and learn the offense, the playbook, and the tendancies of his receivers. I can't imagine this will work in a one-year period. I would be shocked if the Jets finished above .500 this season. I think they will actually be WORSE with Favre at the helm, at least in the short term.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
08-07-2008, 01:59 PM
I kind of feel sorry for Farve, he's just a big ol' country boy with no idea what it's going to be like to go to the white hot spot light of the big apple. He was a god in Green Bay, and that's all he's ever known, I don't think he's the kind of guy that will holds up well under crucifixion, which definitely awaits him courtesy of the NY media and fans when he shows he's not the Savior. It's gonna be ugly ...

Having said all that ... Pennington had no arm, the defenses knew it and cheated up on him so much that the Jets were never going to win more than 6 or 7 games a season with him under center. This is actually a good move for the Jets - Farve won't do worse than Pennington would have, and backup Kelly Clemens will have an awesome year of learning from a master before he takes over the reins next year or the year after.

I hope the Jets didn't give up too much to get Farve, though ... we need them to have at least a fighting chance of beating the Pats* over the medium- to long-term!

LasVegasGuy
08-07-2008, 04:44 PM
The Jets had better hold on to Pennington, Brett needs to learn the offense, get on the same page with their recievers and he only has a few weeks to do it.

This is a train wreck waiting to happen. :tt2


He will be fine. If a 16 year vet can't learn the offense in 5 weeks lord help the Jets for making this move. I'm stoked that the AFC East is finally getting a little better. It's about time the Patriots earned their 6 wins a year rather then starting off 6-0 every year.

stlrz d
08-07-2008, 07:38 PM
The Jets had better hold on to Pennington, Brett needs to learn the offense, get on the same page with their recievers and he only has a few weeks to do it.

This is a train wreck waiting to happen. :tt2

I heard Jaws on ESPN Radio today saying that learning the new terminology is like speaking English today and having to speak French tomorrow...it's not easy.

Add to it that the reason Favre didn't want to play for McCarthy is because McCarthy wanted him to do more game prep, film study, etc. Favre just wants to run around there and play...it's going to be interesting to see how it develops.