Green Bay, WI --Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy says it's like a marriage that ends, adding that neither party was at fault.
But the big winner in the deal is the New York Jets, who are gaining custody of three-time MVP quarterback Brett Favre for a conditional draft pick.
Favre says he knows exactly why he was acquired by the Jets, who
stumbled to a 4-and-12 record a year ago. "I'm here to help the Jets win," Favre says.
It's unclear when Favre will be ready to play. But Farve is hinting it will be soon.
Favre is coming off one of his most productive seasons. Last year he passed for 4,155 yards, his most since 1998. He threw 28 TDs with 15 interceptions.
A generation ago, a sexy quarterback named Joe Namath led the
Jets to their only Super Bowl in 1970. But the 38-year-old Favre
says he's not in New York "to do commercials, Broadway, all those
things." Instead, he plans to be all-business once he's on the field.
According to NFL.com, the Packers will receive a fourth-round
draft pick in 2009, or a third-rounder if Favre plays in 50 percent
of the plays this season. The pick becomes a second-rounder if he
plays in 70 percent and the Jets make the playoffs. Should the Jets
make it to the Super Bowl and Favre takes 80 percent of the snaps,
the Packers would get a first-round pick.
The arrival of Favre signals the end of Chad Pennington's career
with the Jets. General manager Mike Tannenbaum said there would be
another transaction regarding quarterback Pennington, who spent his
first eight seasons with the Jets.
The Jets are in Cleveland playing an exhibition game that has been delayed by lightning. Favre will not play tonight.