Brett Favre Used The Jets

Jayson LoveCorrespondent IMay 6, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - MARCH 06: Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers tries to control his emotions at his retirement press conference on March 6, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

While it's painful to admit as a Jets fan and ardent Brett Favre supporter and admirer, Favre used the Jets to get what he truly desired: the opportunity to fire back at the Green Bay Packers.

If any of you truly believe Favre isn't foaming at the mouth at the opportunity to play in the NFC North, in a nice dome stadium for a Minnesota Vikings team with arguably the best running back in the NFL, you are either a bitter Packers fan or someone who believes musicians and boxers when they claim retirement.

Favre walks around with a sheepish grin, acts like a "good ol' boy" from the south and seems to be a simple man who wears his Wranglers and plays football in the mud with the local kids on the sandlot. 

However, under that seemingly simple exterior, the gun-slinging quarterback has a cunning and calculating side. There is no question he waited for the Jets to draft Mark Sanchez, the soon-to-be highly paid, future face of the Jets for the next decade, before asking for and obtaining his release.

Despite the fact that the 2010 NFL season is slated to be an uncapped year, the Jets can't afford to have $25 million+ scheduled to be paid to two quarterbacks. The Jets simply couldn't afford to allow a sudden itch by the flip-flopping Favre to handcuff the Jets in a similar position that the 2008 Packers had with Favre and Rodgers on their roster.

However, for the Jets, the situation would have been even worse! The Jets would have already had the large sum of money and time wrapped up in Sanchez, and would have the extra handicap of the "poison pill" in surrendering three first-round picks by the Jets if Favre were traded to the Vikings—making it nearly impossible for the Jets to trade Favre.

Furthermore, Favre's true desire is to play for the aforementioned Vikings. So when the Jets took Sanchez, and Favre vehemently re-affirmed his retirement to ESPN personality and fellow member of the Quarterback fraternity, Trent Dilfer, the Jets granted Favre's request to be released.

Now, barely a week later, Favre is set to be wined and dined by Brad Childress and the rest of the Vikings brass. It's simply an offer to good for Favre to refuse. 

As a Jets fan, you can't be upset. He thrilled you for a year, gave you some hope, and is partially responsible for the new and aggressive direction the Jets are taking. 

Good luck Mr. Favre, you got what you wanted all along, your chance to avenge the way you were treated by the Packers. Hope it's worth it!