In the end, Brett Favre will stay in green after all. Just not the green that he would have perfered to end his career in. Early Thursday morning the New York Jets swooped in and made a deal with the Packers to bring Favre to the Big Apple in hopes of taking the 4-12 Jets to new heights. The NFL Network reports Green Bay will receive a conditional 2009 fourth-round draft choice in return, that could elevate all the way to a first-round pick based on the percentage of snaps Favre takes this year.
Jets Chairman and CEO Woody Johnson confirmed the deal in a statement the team released 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 move to get Favre means the end of the Chad Pennington era with the Jets. Chad was well ahead of Kellen Clemens in the QB derby in New York, but with the deal to snag Favre, the team has already said that Pennington is the odd man out. “It’s a bittersweet moment for us,” Jets GM Mike 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.”
The Jets are in Cleveland tonight for a preseason meeting with the Browns. There is no word as to when Brett will join the team, and also what the team will do in terms of QB play tonight with Pennington on his way out, and Favre coming in.