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New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum broke from his personal policy and conducted private meetings Friday with quarterbacks Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens to discuss Brett Favre.
"Given the sensitivity or the high profile of Brett Favre's name, I felt like this was a fairly unique situation, that I wanted to be proactive just so they heard from me first," Tannenbaum said today. "Ordinarily, I wouldn't try to address every rumor with every player."
Tannenbaum was cryptic about what they actually discussed, but what news would Pennington and Clemens need to hear directly from him?
Either the Jets are pursuing Favre, or they're not.
If they weren't, there would be no reason to keep that secret.
Pennington indicated something -- at least preliminarily -- was afoot.
"I did speak to Mike after practice, and he just let me know exactly what the situation was, that they received a call," Pennington said. "That's what I know. Other than that, I really do not have any feelings on it at all.
"I feel very confident about how I'm playing and how I'm developing as a quarterback and trying to get better. Other than that, it's nothing to me."
Perhaps today's developments should mean something. To hear Tannenbaum speak about Pennington, one would get the impression he's already out the door.
"He's a great guy," Tannenbaum said. "He's won playoff games here. I have nothing but all the respect in the world for Chad and his work ethic. He always works on his craft.
"We just had another conversation this afternoon because I felt like that was the appropriate thing to do as the general manager of the team."