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Brett Favre rose to stratospheric heights in 16 seasons in Green Bay, which included three MVP awards and a Super Bowl victory, before his retirement in March 2008.
Returning from his four-month retirement, team management made the choice to move to their younger quarterback Aaron Rodgers as their long-term starter. Instead of granting an open release for Favre, the team traded Favre to the New York Jets for a fourth round pick.
While Favre compiled a strong record to start the season, a late season collapse (including losing four of the last five regular season games) doomed the Jets to miss the playoffs. Favre’s performance was limited to several injuries, particularly a torn biceps tendon in his right shoulder.
Despite the late season collapse, the Jets improved their record dramatically with Favre under center, from 4-12 to 9-7.
Favre retired again at the end of the season, but would return again to play for the Minnesota Vikings.
His tenure with the Jets was tarnished with reports of inappropriate messages sent to team employee Jenn Sterger, which was later investigated by the league.
Trade Grade: B