Favre Traded To Jets

Brett Favre left Green Bay on Wednesday,
most likely for good. While he has gone home to Mississippi for the
time being, he could end up in New York very soon.
Fox Sports reported on its Web site late Wednesday night that
the Packers have traded the quarterback to the Jets. The report
said the exact compensation wasn't immediately known, but is
believed to be a single draft pick that increases in value
depending on New York's performance during the season.
The Jets declined to comment on the report.
Favre's agent, James "Bus" Cook, confirmed in an e-mail to The
Associated Press earlier Wednesday that the Jets and Tampa Bay
Buccaneers were emerging as the most likely trade destinations for
the three-time MVP.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson skipped practice Wednesday
morning, and his scheduled early afternoon media availability was
postponed indefinitely - signs that a deal could be in the works.
Thompson also was not seen at Wednesday night's practice, although
team president and CEO Mark Murphy made an appearance.
Favre was on a private plane that left for Hattiesburg, Miss. at
1:25 p.m. EDT Cook and Favre's wife, Deanna, also were aboard the
plane that landed two hours later. Favre's family home is near
Hattiesburg.
In Mississippi, Favre confirmed that he was considering the Jets
and Buccaneers.
"We're working on it," Favre said in video posted on Jackson
TV station WJTV's Web site. "Hopefully we can get something
resolved. I've been saying that for quite a while now. I don't want
to say we're running out of time, but I need to get into a camp
somewhere."
Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden refused to address speculation that
the team was on the verge of a deal for Favre, sidestepping a
question about whether he had spoken to Favre Tuesday night.
"I'm not going to talk about it," Gruden said. "I don't know
anything other than what happened today on the practice field, and
I don't want to address any more speculation at this point. Brett's
situation will resolve itself during the coming days I would
assume. But at this point and time, all I can comment on is our
football team and what we did today."
Gruden acknowledged that he's always willing to explore ways to
improve his team.
"We are a good football team," Gruden said. "We're trying to
become a great one. We'll do anything we can to get better. And if
that involves looking at other players, by George that's our job.
That's our responsibility."
Packers coach Mike McCarthy spoke to Favre again Tuesday night,
but there was no indication that their conversation did anything to
change the fractured relationship between Favre and the franchise.
"It was just very general," McCarthy said of the conversation
with Favre, who was excused from practice Wednesday. "Just how he
was doing, where he was with the process, things like that."
McCarthy said he was happy the rest of his players were getting
a chance to move forward.
"We talked about it last night," McCarthy said. "The players
want resolution, they want what everybody wants. To come out here
every day and talk about somebody that is not here and then shows
up, it's gone on too long, and understandably so. They want to play
football."
Packers players vented frustration over the Favre situation
Tuesday, after fans chanting "Bring Back Brett!" turned practice
into a zoo-like atmosphere and reporters continued asking questions
about Favre instead of football.
After McCarthy made it clear Tuesday that Favre's football
future wouldn't be in Green Bay, players seemed to have some sense
of closure.
"It was just important to get things moving," Packers tackle
Mark Tauscher said. "Obviously, there's no closure as of yet, but
I think we've kind of been told what's going on and I think we all
kind of know where everything stands."
Packers cornerback Charles Woodson - who said Tuesday that the
saga had "gone on long enough" - said Wednesday that the Packers'
front office gave players the answers they needed.
"From what I understand, for the most part it's taken care
of," Woodson said. "Now it's just about the Packers and not about
the situation. It's over now. From what I understand, it's pretty
much over."
And if the Packers end up playing against Favre in Tampa on
Sept. 28?
"Once you're on another team, you're on another team," Woodson
said. "I think for the most part the locker room would have liked
to see him back here. But like I say, once you're on another team
..."
The final split between the Packers and Favre became obvious
Tuesday night. McCarthy told reporters that after extensive
conversations with Favre over two days, he had determined that
Favre doesn't have the right mind-set to play for the Packers.
After approximately six hours of what McCarthy called "brutally
honest" conversations with Favre, McCarthy said Favre couldn't
seem to get past emotional wounds that were opened as tensions
mounted in recent weeks - even with the chance to win his starting
job back potentially on the table.
"The train has left the station, whatever analogy you want,"
McCarthy said Tuesday. "He needs to jump on the train and let's
go. Or, if we can't get past things that have happened, I have to
keep the train moving."
Favre left Lambeau Field just before Packers practice Tuesday
afternoon.
"We're at a stalemate," Favre told ESPN Tuesday morning.


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