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The New York Jets have given an unknown quantity to the Pack for number four. As Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports:
The exact compensation was not immediately known, but it is believed to be a single draft pick that increases in value depending upon how the Jets perform during the 2008 season.How's that for a curve ball? All day we thought it was a done deal that Favre was headed to Tampa Bay, and only a few days ago there was talk of a competition at QB in Packers camp. The Jets were always in the discussion, but it was reported that it was not a desirable destination for Favre.
There are some of the opinion that Favre craves media attention. We'll check that litmus test in the mightiest of media markets this season. No one can be more brutal, especially when it comes to giving games away via the turnover, than New Yorkers. If Favre pulls a repeat of the '07 NFC Championship Game, cue the orchestra known as the New York media and talk show callers.
Kellen Clemens can't answer his question marks thus far in camp by continuing to throw the ball to the other team, and Chad Pennington still just can't coax the ball downfield. Favre will stretch the field with quality receivers in Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery. The offensive line is much improved with the additions of Damien Woody and perennial pro-bowler Alan Faneca. They'll help mold youngsters Nick Mangold and D'Brickashaw Ferguson, and the line will keep Favre safe while clearing running lanes in Thomas Jones' bounce-back campaign.
The bottom line is that this team just got exponentially better. The problem is that the Patriots still play in their division and the Bills are going to be a solid team this year as well ... not to mention there are many wild card worthy teams lingering in the superior AFC. A tough road to say the least, so a compelling '08 story line will be whether or not the Favre can lead the Jets back to the playoffs. If you hate coverage of him, like Troy Aikman apparently does, you better stop watching football.
Finally, either Clemens or Pennington is going to have to go. I'm guessing the Jets can find someone that will trade a sixth or seventh-round pick for Pennington. Hey, suckers are everywhere. Maybe Herm Edwards in KC will want Chad back on his squad that plays to win the game?
They can attempt to wash their hands of this fiasco. They clearly wanted Favre out of town, and they got their wish. Aaron Rodgers can safely move forward with his job, and the distraction should eventually extricate itself from camp. Ryan Grant recently ended his holdout, so at least the players should feel like a giant weight has been lifted from their collective chests. The media circus around the team is another matter, but if they are mentally tough enough they can rise above. If anything, this is a good time to start playing the "us against the world" card. You've got fans bailing on you because they love one person so much. Motivation in football is good locker room stuff. It breeds togetherness and chemistry when you can bind together for a common cause.
Packers fans who think your team is in trouble, think again.
Look at the defense with Nick Barnett and A.J. Hawk. Look at the young, offensive nucleus with Grant, Brandon Jackson, Greg Jennings, and Rodgers ... not to mention the veteran presence of Donald Driver on the outside. Then realize that one person is never bigger than a legendary franchise. This team is in very good shape moving forward. I'm sure it's difficult, but I'd love to ask the Packers fans who are throwing in the towel: are you a Brett Favre fan, or a Packers fan?
On the surface, everybody wins in this deal.
Somehow, I don't think many Packers fans agree ... but they should.