Early on this Thursday morning, August 7, 2008, the deal that the entire world of sports has been waiting for was completed. It took some time, caused some hurt feelings, and created a media frenzy, but it is over now.
Brett is a Jet.
The Packers traded their most well known player to ever step foot on Lambeau Field to the New York Jets for a conditional fourth round pick.
The deal comes after much turmoil and several negotiations. Adam Schefter of NFL Network reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were not willing to offer enough for the Packers to consider trading Favre.
The conditional fourth round pick of the Jets states that if Favre takes 50 percent of the snaps this season, it will become a third round pick. If he takes 70 percent of the snaps and the Jets make it to the playoffs, the Packers will receive a second round pick. They will receive the coveted first round pick only if Favre takes 80 percent of the snaps and the Jets make it to the Super Bowl.
It is reported that this deal is a significant amount more than what the Buccs had on the table. The combination of Deanna (Brett’s wife), Bus (Brett’s agent), and Eric Mangini (Jet’s head coach) compelled Favre to agree to play for the Jets. Apparently Deanna and Bus convinced Favre that it would be a good idea, while Mangini gave him a heck of a sales pitch.
The Packers have ensured that Brett will not be playing for the Minnesota Vikings by adding to the deal that if he is traded to the Vikings, the Jets have to give up three first round picks to the Packers.
It may not be the exact fairytale ending that Brett and many fans were looking for in Green Bay, but it does not diminish any of Favre’s accomplishments and contributions to the team as well as to the league. He will still be enshrined in Canton, Ohio with all of the other greats.
But if you want a fairytale ending, look no further. One of sports greatest Cinderella stories came from the New York Jets and their quarterback, Joe Namath in Super Bowl III against the Baltimore Colts.
Welcome to New York Cinderella.
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