Just when you thought the Favre to the Jets rumors were over, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported today that the Jets have received permission from the Packers to speak to Favre about a trade. I have to give it to Gang Green, win or lose this team is always filled with drama.
For Green Bay, it’s a perfect situation. Favre leaves and is out of the division and they can move on with their youngster Aaron Rodgers at QB.
For the Jets it’s much more uncertain.
There are reports that the team would need to restructure Favre’s hefty contract which is in excess of $39MM over the next three years, all counting directly against the cap. Second, they would need a commitment from the 16 year veteran that he will be a Jet for more than just one season.
If they can negotiate these terms with Favre, it could make sense to pull the trigger if the trade price isn’t too high. The Jets committed $140MM to free agent contracts this past off-season and on paper is a team built to win now. The only question mark is the QB position where both Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens haven’t done anything lately to give fans confidence that either of them are the field general who will bring the team to the big show.
Pennington is coming off a horrible year where he got benched and revealed yesterday he played all of last season on a right ankle with two torn ligaments. Clemens, who has a strong arm, could improve but showed nothing last season that would convince anyone that he’s anything more than another Browning Nagle.
Keep in mind…If they trade for Favre, the team is basically telling both of their current quarterbacks that they have no confidence in either one. Pennington, with a $6MM base salary this season will be surely gone and Clemens will stick around for now but the move would be a major message to him as to what the team thinks about him as their future QB. Likely he would be gone too after this season and the Jets would either draft another young QB to groom or look to get one from another team to succeed Favre.
From the owner’s perspective, he needs to sell upcoming PSL’s for the new stadium in a bad economy as season ticket holders are turning in their seats at a record pace. To RWJ III, could you think of a better salesman than Brett Favre…especiallyif he comes in and wins?
I’m torn regarding my feelings on this. I don’t question Favre’s resume. The guy is a legend and the Cal Ripken of the NFL regarding his durability. He’s also coming off a terrific season where he almost led the Packers to the Superbowl and he would bring a gun slinger to the team that they haven’t seen since Vinny Testaverde’s first year as a Jet in 1998.
However, if you look at Favre’s numbers in the half a dozen or so years before last season, he was average at best. He also has a tendency to throw costly INT’s in big situations which worries me. I also fear that if this move backfires and the team does not win this season it will set the franchise back tremendously.
I believe this team can win with one of the two QB’s on the roster (most likely Pennington) and based on this team’s history two words come to mind if Favre is acquired:
Maybe I shouldn’t be such a pessimist and perhaps this team is due for a change of luck. I guess it’s just what I’m used to as a long time Jets fan. So stay tuned, my Jets brethren….as I said earlier, win or lose, the drama is always high at Weeb Ewbank Hall.
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