Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Favre tells Jets he plans to retire
Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Brett Favre has told the Jets he plans on retiring! If this is true, then good for Brett for making an early decision and giving the Jets ample time to secure a replacement. Of course, he could always change his mind, but let's assume for the time being that someone else will be behind center in 2009.
The move would save $13 million dollars in salary cap space and singlehandedly put the Jets under the salary cap. Kellen Clemens, Brett Ratliff, and Erik Ainge remain on the roster and will battle for the starting job, probably with one newcomer as well.
Favre would be retiring with 464 career touchdowns, 310 interceptions, 65,127 yards, and a QB rating of 85.4. It's been a phenomenal career, but it's time for him to go.
More news as it breaks...
Update (11:22 AM): Here's Favre's e-mail to Ed Werder, in which he expresses gratitude to the Jets organization.
"Mike and Woody, as well as the entire organization, have been nothing short of outstanding," Favre said in an e-mail to Werder. "My teammates -- Thomas and Kerry included -- were a pleasure to play with. Eric [Mangini] could not have been any better. I enjoyed playing for him. My time with the Jets was short, but I'm honored to be given that chance."
UPDATE (10:18 PM): The Jets will receive a 7th round pick in the 2010 draft from Green Bay as compensation for Favre retiring after just one season in New York.