Brett Favre has been traded to the New York Jets, officially ending his career as a Green Bay Packer. This trade partially ends one of the most bazaar sports stories in recent years as his future is no longer uncertain. However, in reality this story is long from over as the sports media (I'm looking at you, ESPN) will move their recent home base from Green Bay to the Jets' training facility in Hempstead, NY.
As of right now there is no confirmation of what the Packers will receive from the Jets in exchange for Favre, but there is a general idea.
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.
If all the Jets had to give up is a single conditional draft pick, then I'd say that's a pretty good deal for them. Green Bay was pushing both the Jets and Tampa Bay hard to get as much as possible out of them, but in the end it looks like they felt it was smarter just to get him traded and to move on for good.
Before personally closing the book on the Brett Favre saga and shutting up about it for good, I do have three things to say:
- I am very glad that Brett Favre is out of the NFC North for good.
- This is a scary thought about how bad this division is, but Jon Kitna very well could be considered the best QB in the NFC North.
- Finally, how weird will it be to buy Madden 09 and see Favre in a Packers uniform on the cover? I imagine EA will use this trade to their advantage by eventually releasing a "collector's version" of the game with Favre in a Jets jersey, but still, it's going to be weird to see. And Favre better watch out for the Madden curse. He should be worried just for being on the cover anyways, but now he's made the cover inaccurate, so it could really strike this year.
UPDATE: EA Sports will not be releasing a different version of the game with Favre in a Jets jersey.