New York Jets acquire QB Brett Favre

by Ryan R. Bonini on August 6, 2008 @ 03:43:30 PDT


Jay Glazer, of, reports the Green Bay Packers traded quarterback Brett Favre to the New York Jets Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Packers will receive a fourth-round draft choice from the Jets for Favre. However, if Favre takes 50 percent of the snaps, it will be a third-round pick.

If Favre takes 70 percent of the snaps and the Jets make the playoffs, the pick becomes a second-round draft choice. If the Jets reach the Super Bowl in 2008 and Favre takes 80 percent of the snaps, it becomes a first-round pick.

Favre wanted his chance to play again in 2008 and, barring some snag coming from his direction in what has seemed to be a never-ending saga, he will do just that. The Packers are able to get their wish, too, as they send Favre not only out of their division but out of their conference.

This quickly brings an end to the Jets' quarterback competition, which had signal callers Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens duking it out in training camp. There is now speculation Pennington could be outright released to open salary cap room, which would leave Clemens as the backup behind Favre.

Favre had what could be considered a banner year in 2007, hitting 66.5 percent of his passes for 4,155 yards passing, 28 touchdowns and just 15 interceptions. Will that Favre be on display in 2008? Fantasy football participants need to take note!

Favre should be considered an upper-echelon No. 2 fantasy football quarterback for a variety of reasons.

First, he has a new system to learn. He will be in a pro-style offense, leaving the friendly confines of a West Coast system he had been involved in during his Packers career.

Second, he has new teammates to become acclimated to.

Third, who says this soap opera is actually over? Reports note Favre's agent said the veteran has not signed off on the trade. The Jets, however, say Favre has. Assuming the deal is finalized, Favre has a tremendous level of upside this year if he can pick things up quickly and gel with his teammates.

As a backup option to your fantasy football team, he may force you to play him during the year if things pan out.

He will have some solid options at his disposal in New York. Wide receivers Laveranues Coles (55 receptions, 646 yards receiving and six touchdowns) and Jerricho Cotchery (82-1,130-2) have the ability to get the job done, but both need to stay healthy this year. Brad Smith (32-325-2) provides another set of up-and-coming hands to the mix as he works in as the third receiver. Plus, keep an eye on Chansi Stuckey, who is entering his second year.

Favre is reunited with former Packers tight end Bubba Franks. Rookie tight end Dustin Keller is raw but is capable of stretching the field. Plus, disgruntled tight end Chris Baker (41-409-3) returns.

Time will tell on this situation, but for now, Favre has a chip on his shoulder, a new team and something to prove to the Packers. Revenge can be a sweet motivator.

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About Ryan R. Bonini

Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.

His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports,, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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