July 16, 2008- Green Bay, WI
The Green Bay Packers have announced, in the past hour, that although they have not acceded to Favre's demand to return the team as the starting quarterback, they have agreed to trade him.
"The Green Bay Packers have reached an agreement to send Brett to the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena League," said Packers GM Ted Thompson. "We believe that this move is beneficial to all involved parties. Brett can once again start for a championship contender, but will not be playing in the NFC."
However, a source close to the Sabercats said that current quarterback Mark Grieb was not happy with the decision. Grieb sent a text message to the Sabercats GM expressing his displeasure at the possibility of being demoted, saying, "How can you bench a guy that throws 100 TDs in a season? How many years did it take Favre to throw that many? I have more titles than he does, anyway." He then reportedly threatened to retire during halftime at the Arena Bowl.
As for Favre himself, he was rumored to be sobbing uncontrollably and unable to hold a press conference. However, he did issue a statement through his agent: "Brett is excited to be able to once again play for a team that can put him in a position to throw a game-ending interception in a championship game. This time, my client will rise to the occasion. The DBs in the Arena League are pretty bad. Even Aaron Rodgers could succeed if the field was only 50-yards long. But at least San Jose plays at a higher level that the Dolphins."
Favre's agent also indicated that the Arena League would allow the quarterback to wear Wrangler advertisements on his jersey, so he doesn't have to "waste the whole offseason shooting TV commercials like Peyton Manning."
And it was pointed out that in the closed-roof, arena environment, Favre could pretend that he was handing off to Adrian Peterson in the Metrodome.
However, one aspect of the arena was a potential area of concern. "Pads on the sideline walls are for wimps," a person familiar with Favre's thinking said. "If Favre is to maintain his tough-guy persona, they need to go."