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Report: Favre to Jets

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Favrethrow Brett Favre is headed to the Jets.

The Packers have traded the future Hall of Fame quarterback not to the Bucs, but to the Jets, according to report from FOXSports.com late Wednesday evening.

Terms of the deal weren't available by FOXSports.com reported that the Jets will send a single draft pick, which will increase in value depending on how well the Jets perform this season, to Green Bay for Favre. The NFL Network reported early Thursday morning that Green Bay would receive a conditional fourth-round pick.

According to the FOXSports.com report, not only were the Jets more aggressive in pursuing Favre, but they also offered better compensation. The only roadblock of a trade was getting Favre's rubber stamp. And Favre spoke with Jets coach Eric Mangini and other team personnel late Tuesday evening, the report said.

Popular belief was that a deal was going to get done soon -- even that both the Bucs and the Jets had their offers on the table and all that was needed was either approval from the Packers or Favre. That shows how fluid these things are, which we discussed here. And even though the Bucs appeared to be the frontrunners for Favre's services, it appears that the Jets surpassed them just in a matter of hours.

For the Packers, it is the best case scenario. They deal Favre out of the NFC. The Jets don't play the Packers this season (Green Bay travels to Tampa Bay in Week 4), so his departure won't come back to haunt them, which was long the Pack's biggest fear.

One obstacle was the Jets' salary cap (The Bucs could have easily accomodate Favre's $12-million contract), but the Jets will apparently trade one of the quarterbacks, most likely Chad Pennington because he make more money.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA

(Pictured - Brett Favre. Getty Images. Click to enlarge.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:07pm]

    

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