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August 7th, 2008, 08:09 AM

Jets set for Brett: Packers legend headed to New York


Updated: August 7, 2008, 3:46 AM ET

The Brett Favre (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=1025) era in Green Bay officially came to an end late Wednesday night as the legendary longtime Packers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=gnb) quarterback was traded to the New York Jets (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nyj), the Packers announced.

The exact compensation wasn't immediately available, but it is believed to be a fourth-round draft pick that increases in value depending on how the Jets perform in the 2008 season.

According to the NFL Network, if Favre takes 50 percent of total snaps with the Jets in 2008, the fourth-rounder becomes a third-round pick. If he gets 70 percent of the snaps and the Jets make the playoffs, it becomes a second-round pick; and if he gets 80 percent of snaps and the Jets make the Super Bowl, it becomes a first-round pick.

The Packers had been talking with the Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=tam) since deciding earlier this week that the team and the three-time MVP couldn't coexist. The Packers decided to move forward with Aaron Rodgers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=7200) as their starter after Favre announced his retirement in March.

"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," Green Bay officials said in a statement.

"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."

Packers general manager Ted Thompson, coach Mike McCarthy, and president and CEO Mark Murphy are expected to hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss the deal.

Jets chairman and CEO Woody Johnson issued a statement early Thursday.

"I am looking forward to seeing Brett Favre in a New York Jets uniform," Johnson said. "He represents a significant addition to this franchise, and reflects our commitment to putting the best possible team on the field. Mike Tannenbaum and his football administration staff did a great job of navigating this complex process. I am excited about welcoming Brett, Deanna and their family to the Jets organization."

The NFL Network also is reporting that the Packers took great pains to ensure that Favre would not be traded to the Vikings by inserting a "poison pill" in the deal. If Favre were to be traded to Minnesota, New York would have to surrender three first-round picks to Green Bay.

The overall agreement was first reported by Fox Sports on its Web site.

"We just felt like this was an opportunity to go get somebody of Brett's stature and what he's accomplished," Jets GM Tannenbaum said in a conference call early Thursday morning. "We felt it was in the best interest of the team, and when the opportunity presented itself, we felt it was the right move for us to make and we went ahead and did it."

A number of fans made it clear throughout training camp that they wanted Favre on the Jets with signs and "Get Brett!" chants. Favre's new No. 4 Jets jersey already was for sale on the team's Web site about an hour after the trade was announced.

Tannenbaum, who said he had a "good" conversation with Favre, wouldn't speculate as to whether the quarterback will play in New York beyond this season.

"We had discussions with him and his agent, Bus Cook," Tannenbaum said, "and we're going into this and we're going to take this one year at a time and we're excited to have Brett on the team this year."

The arrival of Favre signals the end of Chad Pennington (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=5047)'s career with the Jets. Tannenbaum said there would be another transaction regarding Pennington, who spent his first eight seasons with the Jets.

"It's a bittersweet moment for us," Tannenbaum said. "I have all the respect in the world for Chad as a person, as a player. We've accomplished a lot of good things with Chad. … He gave his heart and soul to this organization for a long, long time. I really appreciate everything he's done."

Favre left Green Bay on Wednesday, boarding a private plane that left for Hattiesburg, Miss., at 1:25 p.m. ET with his wife, Deanna, and Cook. Favre's family home is near Hattiesburg.

In Mississippi, Favre confirmed that he was considering the Jets and Buccaneers.

"We're working on it," Favre told Jackson TV station WJTV. "Hopefully, we can get something resolved. I've been saying that for quite a while now. I don't want to say we're running out of time, but I need to get into a camp somewhere."

Favre, who is 38, holds most major NFL passing records and led the Packers to the NFC Championship Game last season, where they lost to the New York Giants (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nyg). Favre threw what would prove to be the decisive interception in overtime.

The Jets went into training camp with an open competition between Pennington and Kellen Clemens (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=7798) after neither established himself in a 4-12 season. Pennington was 1-7 as the starter and was benched midway through the season. Clemens went 3-5, but Pennington actually had the better season statistically.

Back in Green Bay, after some hope for reconciliation between the franchise and perhaps its most beloved player earlier this week, the final split between the Packers and Favre became obvious Tuesday evening.

McCarthy told reporters Tuesday that after approximately six hours of what he called "brutally honest" conversations over two days, the coach had determined that Favre doesn't have the right mindset to play for the Packers.

McCarthy said Favre couldn't seem to get past emotional wounds that were opened as tensions mounted in recent weeks -- even with the chance to win his starting job back potentially on the table.

"The train has left the station, whatever analogy you want," McCarthy said Tuesday. "He needs to jump on the train and let's go. Or, if we can't get past things that have happened, I have to keep the train moving."

McCarthy spoke to Favre again Tuesday night, but there was no indication that their conversation did anything to change the fractured relationship between Favre and the franchise.

"It was just very general," McCarthy said of the conversation with Favre, who was excused from practice Wednesday. "Just how he was doing, where he was with the process, things like that."

McCarthy said he was happy the rest of his players were getting a chance to move forward.

"We talked about it last night," McCarthy said. "The players want resolution, they want what everybody wants. To come out here every day and talk about somebody that is not here and then shows up, it's gone on too long, and understandably so. They want to play football."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

August 7th, 2008, 02:56 PM
This is huge as it makes the Jets relevant again, it would be great if Brett would be with the Jets to open the new stadium.

August 7th, 2008, 08:10 PM
Huge for the Jets as they're back in the spotlight once again, but Brett has long reached his prime.

August 8th, 2008, 09:10 AM

Don't judge Brett Favre in "Madden NFL 09" by his cover


When the latest edition of the football video game franchise is released Tuesday, it will still feature the quarterback in his Green Bay Packers uniform -- despite the fact Favre was traded to the New York Jets.

But publisher Electronic Arts said it was releasing a downloadable update to make Favre a Jet in the game, as well as new cover art for anyone who wants it.

"We do not plan to reissue packaging but will offer a free downloadable cover in the coming days on easports.com featuring Brett Favre in a Jets uniform," EA Sports said in a statement released Thursday. "Fans can print this new cover out and insert it into the case of 'Madden NFL 09."'

EA Sports will release a free downloadable update to the game with the Favre character as a Jet -- and any other player who signs as a free agent or moves teams -- before the start of the regular season. But "Madden NFL 09" will be released Tuesday with the Favre character as a Packer on all-time greats team.

The Packers traded their three-time MVP and Super Bowl-winning quarterback to the Jets on Wednesday, ending months of speculation over Favre's future after he announced he was retiring in March. EA Sports originally unveiled Favre as the cover athlete for the 20th edition of the "Madden" game in April.

August 8th, 2008, 09:23 AM
It's all about getting Jets fans to accept the bitter pill of PSL at the new stadium.

Giants have the Super Bowl.
Jets have Favre.

August 8th, 2008, 02:27 PM
True, but with Favre, the free agent pick-ups and some pretty good draft choices the jets will have enough to compete and should even get a wild card. If not, the Tannenbaum/Mangini era is in danger of coming to a close.

Of course the other side of this story is what happens to Chad, who despite his shortcomings, represented the face of the jets for years and is in my mind an admirable and almost tragic figure. Good team player and leader, who took a pay cut to get the jets under the cap, played hurt, while playing with a team that had more than its fair share of personnel deficiencies, and in so doing probably received more than his fair share of the blame for the poor seasons. Don't get me wrong, Chad had flaws, but he was not the main reason the team won only 4 games last year.

Like to see him on the Vikes. West Coast offense, dome stadium, strong running game and decent D. Could get them to the playoffs. Dolphins are interested too, but he 'ld be a sitting duck behind that o'line. Could also help the Bears I guess but throwing outdoors into the Soldier Field wind would expose the same deficiencies that the Meadowlands exposed, namely poor arm strength. Tampa Bay is another option, or he could back-up with a contender like the Pats if he is willing to take a huge cut in pay.

August 8th, 2008, 02:34 PM

Mayor Welcomes Favre To NYC


August 08, 2008

Less than two days after joining the Jets, MVP Brett Favre received a New York-style welcome at City Hall.

Gang Green's new quarterback appeared at City Hall with Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning. It was his first public appearance in New York since being traded to the Jets from the Green Bay Packers Wednesday night.

Bloomberg presented Favre with his new jersey along with a special, which included an apple, a MetroCard and a copy of the mayor's book, "Bloomberg by Bloomberg." There was also one other gift to remind Favre of what Jets fans expect from him.

"In February, as you know, we presented the key to the city to the Super Bowl champion Giants,” said the mayor. ‘Now we are sure you're going to be a winner too and we want to keep you focused, so here is your key ring. You will notice it does not have a key on it yet. But you win the Super Bowl and I promise you that you will get a key to go on your Transit Authority key ring.”

“It has been a crazy two days, two months, whatever you want to call it, but it is what it is,” said Favre, speaking for the second time since news of his trade broke. “It's over and I wish the Packers well and I definitely wish the Jets well and I hope I can bring as much excitement through the year as we've had the past two or three days."

Favre was with the Jets last night in Cleveland, for their first preseason game. He did not play, but watched from the sidelines as his new team beat the Browns 24-20.

The defending Super Bowl champion Giants lost their preseason opener to the Lions 13-10.