So will he be Broadway Brett? Green Bay Packers' fans awoke today to learn that their team's legendary quarterback is gone to the Big Apple, never to return as an active member of the team.
Under terms of the trade deal with the New York Jets, the The Packers get a 4th round pick that can easily turn into a 3rd if Favre plays in 50% of the snaps. The pick could escalate to a number-1, but Favre would have to play in 80% of the snaps and the Jets would have to go to the SuperBowl. The Packers also gained some protection in the deal. If the Jets were to turn around and send Favre to the Vikings, they'd have to compensate the Packers with three 1st-round draft picks.
"Brett has had a long and storied career in Green Bay, and the Packers owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for everything he accomplished on the field and for the impact he made in the state," team President/CEO Mark Murphy and Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson said in a joint statement. " It is with some sadness that we make this announcement, but also with the desire for certainty that will allow us to move the team and organization forward in the most positive way possible."
The trade to the AFC Jets brings a bittersweet end to Favre's days as a Packer: bitter for fans disappointed that they'll no longer see number 4 suit up in Packers' Green and Gold, sweet for the many fans who want to see Favre continue his playing career.