Thursday, August 7, 2008

Favre Traded to the New York Jets

Only days after reporting to Packers training camp where he never had the opportunity to practice and with the Packers making it clear they did not want Brett Favre around have traded him to the New York Jets for a fourth round draft pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Favre for a 4th Round Draft Pick?

My sympathies have been with the Packers from the outset. If Favre didn't want to retire he shouldn't have. He put the Packers into a terrible position. Aaron Rodgers has been patiently waiting for his opportunity to be a starting QB. But the way the Packers have handled it going as far as to say there would be a QB competition between Favre and Rodgers was completely disingenuous. Now they've placed Rodgers in a completely unenviable position. Unless, Rodgers gets them to the Superbowl he is going to be looked upon as a failure and the Green Bay fans won't let him forget it.

The Jets, on the other hand, have nothing to lose. They've struggled in recent years finishing 4-12. Remember they play in the same facility as the defending Superbowl Champion New York Giants. By acquiring Favre, the Jets have assured themselves more press than Eli Manning and the Giants. Goodbye Chad Pennington. Of course, the Jets need more than Favre to turn around. But they should be better this season. Favre makes his home debut with the Jets on September 14th against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Everybody, and I mean everybody, will be watching this game.

The Packers and Jets are not scheduled to meet during the 2008-2009 NFL season. But imagine if they were to meet in the Superbowl? The odds are very much against it but the sports press would love it as would the fans.

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