By Andrew Brandt, Former Packers VP – National Football Post and Special to NFL Gridiron Gab
In the monumental trade of Brett Favre from the Packers to the Jets, there appears to be a twist in the contract that has not been previously reported.
The Jets admirably did not renegotiate Favre’s 12M salary this year to fit the contract under their Cap, resisting temptation to gain some short-term Cap relief in exchange for added Cap charges from this contract next year and the year after.
We have learned that the contract was renegotiated, however. The terms on the “back side” of the deal have been altered to the benefit of Favre.
When I negotiated this 10-year, 101M contract in 2001, it required, as all Packer contracts do, a number of appearances on behalf of the club, some worker’s compensation guidelines, and bonus recovery provisions in case of immoral behavior or retirement. Those clauses are standard boilerplate in the industry. Now in year eight of ten, that contract was assigned to the Jets in the recent trade.
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