The New York Daily News' Rich Cimini reports that the New York Jets will not address Brett Favre rumors citing 'tampering' as a concern.
If the answer was no - we are not interested - tampering would not be a concern. Bleacher Report scooped the story that the Jets might be talking internally about Favre way back on July 15. So one would have to assume that they are indeed exploring the Favre option.
Cimini wrote that, "[Vernon] Gholston will show up eventually, but not Brett Favre, the aforementioned elephant. Even though the Daily News has reported the Jets aren't interested in a trade, the Favre rumors are rampant, and they won't die in part because the Jets won't address the matter publicly. GM Mike Tannenbaum, through a team spokesman, declined to comment, citing tampering rules.
"We have guys here, so I wouldn't even do that," wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said of a potential Favre deal. "My teammates feel very confident in the guys we have."
Scout.com indicated that, "The New York Jets players, coaches and front office types found themselves deflecting questions about Favre as well, saying they’re happy with Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens and don’t expect to discuss potential trade offers." How coy are the Jets being with the comment, "don’t expect to discuss potential trade offers..."? And, really, do you feel fans, Laveranues Coles, Dustin Keller and the Johnson family are really happy with the combined 15 TDs and 19 INTs that Chad & Kellen combined for in 2007?
So, based on Tannenbaum's use of the tampering excuse - I still believe that the Jets are discussing bringing #4 to New Jersey. If backup punter Joe Smith is willing to give up his jersey.
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