As always, SportsAgentBlog.com attempts to follow up on all previous posts and information that we have passed on. On that note, here is the latest from the Brett Favre saga in Green Bay.
A source has told Chris Mortensen that the New York Jets have officially received permission to talk to retired Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre.
The Jets and the Tampa Bay Bucs have hinted that they are interested in Favre. The Minnesota Vikings are looming large for Favre as well, but I cannot see the Packers letting him go to their NFC rival. The Jets seem like a more favorable place for Favre to end up, if the Pack even let him off their roster. Realistically I can not see him anywhere besides Green Bay. They are still claiming to be on board with Aaron Rogers, but when Favre officially reinstates with the league and shows he is serious, I do not see the Packers trading him. Green Bay is still claiming that he will be the backup behind Rogers and that they have no intentions of trading him.
Favre has reportedly told Packers GM and coaches that he would like to attend training camp this Sunday. Favre recently came out told SI.com Saturday night, “I had planned on reporting for the start of Packers training camp Sunday, but [general manager] Ted Thompson asked if I would give him a couple of days to try to get the situation resolved.” He also stated, from his home west of Hattiesburg, Miss. “I agreed to do that. I don’t want to be a distraction to the Packers, and I hope in the next few days we can come to an agreement that would allow me to continue playing football.”
Favre also mentioned that he spoke with Commissioner Roger Goodell this week several times and discussed his desire to come play in the league. Roger assured him he would take this matter seriously and find a resolution as soon as he can.
The real question here is if Green Bay will ever trade the future hall of famer. If so, the green and white of the J-E-T-S, JETS, and the city of New York would love to host Favre. It looks like they might be first in line as the NFL has allowed Favre and Bus Cook talk to the Jets.
The Jets used Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens last year at QB (who combined for 19 INT’s). Favre’s numbers last year blew both of them out of the water, and New York would be lucky to get Favre for a year.
Head Coach Eric Mangini played it safe when he commented on the issue. He stated that he is happy with both his current quarterbacks and that he and the GM are in constant talks about many possible situations. He would not comment further on any of those “possible situations” and if Favre was included in any of them. Mangini said those are internal conversations that the media does not need to be a part of.
Jet fans should not get too happy from this new bit of information. Although I’m tired of hearing about this whole Favre situation already and I would love to see him a Jet, I do not see Favre going away from Green Bay. They would be crazy to let him leave. He is anything but washed up yet, and he showed that last season. The NFL has many “average” QB’s. At the worst, couldn’t Favre be one of them and still lead the Pack through the weak NFC just like he did last year? I think he could and eventually will after all this is done with.