Favre Trade Has Many Ramifications For Many Quarterbacks
The trickle-down effect of the Brett Favre trade is significant. The deal means a lot of things to a lot of fellow NFL quarterbacks, beginning with Chad Pennington.
The Jets, after trading for Favre late Wednesday night, plan to release Pennington today. He had been competing with Kellen Clemens for the starting job, but the Jets are keeping the younger (and cheaper) Clemens to back up Favre.
Clemens, for his part, now becomes the Jets' equivalent of Aaron Rodgers, a young quarterback stuck as Favre's understudy. Many people in the league think that Favre will play more than one season for the Jets, although Jets officials said they received no commitment from Favre beyond the upcoming season. Clemens's immediate hopes of competing for a starting job are extinguished.
Where will Pennington land? The Vikings and Bears have needs at quarterback and couldn't get Favre, since the Packers refused to release him or trade him to a fellow NFC North team. Maybe Pennington ends up in the mix in one of those places. That could unseat Tarvaris Jackson in Minnesota or one of the Bears quarterbacks now competing for the starting job, Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton. Pennington could end up being part of a rebuilding project in Atlanta, Miami or Kansas City. Or maybe he could switch places with Favre and be teamed with Rodgers in Green Bay, or serve as a backup elsewhere.
In Green Bay, Rodgers gets to keep the starting job that the Packers said all offseason was his, then were willing to allow Favre to vie for in a training camp quarterback competition.
In Tampa, Jeff Garcia keeps the starting job, with the Buccaneers having been outbid by the Jets for Favre. Brian Griese and Chris Simms stay in Tampa, at least for now, after it was suspected that one or the other could be included in a trade package for Favre.
The quarterback carousel is spinning, and there will be ramifications for others once Pennington finds a landing spot.
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