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Favre report: Jets willing to spend first-rounder

8/6/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Shame on me for thinking I could sneak out to Miami Dolphins training camp without anything happening in the Brett Favre saga.

Various reports suggest the New York Jets are pushing harder than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to acquire Favre. The reports aren't identical, but they're similar enough.

Sports Illustrated insider Peter King said he "wouldn't bet [his] mortgage on this," but he has heard from a reliable source the Jets are offering the Green Bay Packers a conditional third-round pick that could become a first-round choice if Favre and the Jets play to a certain level. King also notes the Buccaneers will not match that offer.

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio has reported the Jets have proposed a conditional fourth-rounder that could turn into a second-rounder.

A trade with the Jets also could include Chad Pennington. The Packers would like a veteran quarterback to back up Aaron Rodgers. The other Packer QBs are rookies Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn.

Many are asking: Why in the world Favre would choose the Jets, who are coming off a 4-12 season, over the Buccaneers, who made the playoffs last year?

The question is moot.

Favre has declared he will play next year. Now it's up to the Packers to extract the best possible deal for them -- not Favre.

After all Favre has put the Packers through, they have zero incentive to make sure he winds up in the most blissful situation.