It appears as though Brett Favre will not be traveling from one Bay to the other.
The Green Bay Packers have traded the future Hall of Fame quarterback to the New York Jets, according to Fox Sports.
The Jets, who apparently outbid the Buccaneers for Favre, reportedly traded a conditional draft pick that has the chance to increase in value depending on how the Jets perform in 2008.
Favre, 38, retired from the NFL in March, but was reinstated on Sunday. However, after meeting with Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson, both the Packers and Favre concluded that they were at an impasse and that the best thing to do was party ways.
The fact that Green Bay refused to release him or trade him to an NFC North rival reportedly made Favre more receptive to the idea of playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets – the only two teams that the Packers ever gave permission to speak to Favre.
Despite having five quarterbacks on their roster, including Pro Bowler Jeff Garcia, the Bucs were interested in acquiring Favre, who worked with Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden for a total of three seasons in Green Bay.
Gruden reportedly spoke with Favre via the telephone on Tuesday evening, but on Wednesday morning Tampa Bay's head coach would neither confirm nor deny that he spoke with Favre.
The Bucs, who are $27 million under the salary cap, had the means to acquire Favre, who has a base salary of $12 million in 2008. However, the Bucs apparently weren't willing to offer the Packers as much compensation as the Jets.
A three-time league MVP and Super Bowl winner, Favre has completed 61.4 percent of his career passes for 61,655 yards and thrown 442 touchdowns and 288 interceptions.
Favre completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 4,155 yards and tossed 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions en route to leading the Packers to the NFC Championship Game and making the Pro Bowl in 2007.
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