After 16 seasons, several NFL passing records and a Super Bowl title, the Brett Favre era in Green Bay - and the drawnout saga that came along with an offseason of contentious talks after his unretirement - finally came to an end early Thursday morning.
The pick turns into a third-round selection if Favre plays in 50 percent of the plays this season, a second-rounder if he plays in 70 percent of the plays and the Jets qualify for the playoffs, and a first-round pick if he plays in 80 percent of the plays and Jets make it to the Super Bowl.
Early reaction to Brett Favre as a Jet
We'll wrap up a couple of loose ends and sample the early reaction to Favre's trade from around the nation. Then we'll regroup later on Thursday morning after America wakes up and the late-breaking news sinks in:
-- Penalties due if Favre lands with Vikings
Think the Jets might turn around and trade Favre to the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers' NFC North rival? It's doubtful. Adam Schefter of the NFL Network reports that if the Jets traded Favre to the Vikings, they would have to surrender three first-round picks to the Packers.
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Reaction from around the web
The very early reaction to the trade is not positive.
-- The Post's Jay Greenberg soundly scolded the Jets for the move, saying they are wasting their time with a washed-up Favre hoping for a quick score:
"It's not the cost of the conditional draft choice, reasonable enough. It's where are the Jets in two years? There was arm enough left in Favre last year to win 13 games, and a playoff contest. But after all he has been through, all he has put himself through, does he have enough heart left for the game to make this more than just a late, wild, swing by the Jets for some attention?"
-- CBS Sportsline's Pete Prisco laughs at the notion of Favre being closer to a Super Bowl with the Jets than he was in Green Bay:
"Do the Jets really think they are so close to winning that a 38-year-old quarterback, whose last pass with the Green Bay Packers went into the stomach of one of the Jets' cross-town rival corners with the Giants, will get them to a Super Bowl? With or without Favre, the Jets are not better than the Patriots. With Favre, they might not be better than the Buffalo Bills."
-- The New York Post's Mike Vaccaro (who filed his Favre column with a Beijing dateline) says the Jets have finally found a worthy successor to Joe Namath:
"Brett Favre has been the talk of the Games, at least among the English-speaking blokes, the curious from Australia and the bemused from England. On the bus this morning, a reporter from Scotland asked, "Is he really worth all the trouble?" Well, let's hope so. ... Finally, after a lineage of Richard Todd to Ken O'Brien to Boomer Esiason to Vinny Testaverde to Pennington – all of them fine quarterbacks, all of whom had their moments as Jets – there is another star to fill (Joe Namath's) white shoes."
Pennington likely done with the Jets
Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum has not officially said he's going to cut incumbent QB Chad Pennington. But reading between the lines in his 1 a.m. ET conference call, one can reasonably believe Pennington's days in New York are over.
"We will have a separate transaction involving Chad before 4 o'clock tomorrow," Tannenbaum said while mentioning that Pennington is not part of the trade with Green Bay.
Other comments about Pennington from Tannenbaum:
-- "It's a bittersweet moment for us."
-- "I have all the respect in the world for Chad."
-- "We've accomplished a lot of great things with Chad."
-- "I really appreciate everything he's done."
-- "We'll have more to say about that tomorrow ... just the way transactions are processed."
Report: Jets could get a first-rounder
The details of the compensation are leaking out.
NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports the Jets will send a conditional fourth-round pick to the Packers. But the pick can escalate based on Favre's performance. These are the escalators, according to Schefter:
Current status: Fourth-round pick
-- If Favre plays 50% of the Jets' snaps, it becomes a third-round pick.
-- If Favre plays 70% of the Jets' snaps, it becomes a second-round pick.
-- If Favre plays 80% of the Jets' snaps and the team makes the Super Bowl, it becomes a first-round pick.
Jets also make statement
After confirming the trade, this is what Jets CEO Woody Johnson had to say:
"I am looking forward to seeing Brett Favre in a New York Jets uniform. He represents a significant addition to this franchise, and reflects our commitment to putting the best possible product on the field. (GM) Mike Tannenbaum and his football administration staff did a great job of navigating this complex process. I am excited about welcoming Brett, Deanna and their family to the Jets organization."