The Aaron Rodgers trade saga was one of the biggest stories of the 2023 off-season. After years of trade and retirement rumors, the Green Bay Packers icon was finally traded to the New York Jets back in April. The long-time Packers fans who followed the trade saga might’ve felt a bit déjà vu since they also went through the same thing with their previous franchise quarterback Brett Favre.
Nearly 15 years ago, the Packers fans went through similar feelings as they saw their franchise QB Brett Favre make a lot of noise in the off-season and joined the New York Jets in the off-season. Back in 2008, Favre retired and then unretired to join another team. In the wake of the Aaron Rodgers trade saga, now would be the perfect time to revisit what went through in the 2008 off-season that led to Favre joining the NY Jets.
It all started when the Packers got fed up with Brett Favre’s retirement talks in the off-season and drafted the highly touted QB Aaron Rodgers in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. The move made everyone think Favre’s era was coming to an end in Green Bay, but it took a lot more than everyone anticipated.
Rodgers patiently sat behind and learned the playbook from the Hall of Fame quarterback Favre for three years. After 3 years, Favre decided to step away from the game as he announced his retirement from football in March 2008. Reports suggest that the Packers organization who were growing impatient with Favre’s constant off-season dramas forced the 11-time Pro Bowl QB to retire.
Brett Favre came back from retirement to play for the Jets
Unlike the previous off-seasons, in 2008, the Packers front office put their foot down and demanded a full commitment from Brett Favre for a year in March itself. Demanding a decision as early as March might have pressured Favre to choose retirement since he couldn’t stay retired for long.
“Favre had one chance, and one chance only, to salvage his career in Green Bay. He had to commit wholeheartedly for another season by early March,” Packers long-time reporter BobMcGinn later wrote about the situation.“One could argue that the Packers erred by asking Favre for an answer that early.”
Favre reportedly wanted to play comeback after retirement and play for the Packers in the 2008 season, but the Packers’ head coach Mike McCarthy shut the door on Favre’s return to the Packers since they had firm trust in the young Aaron Rodgers.
After failed negotiations between Brett Favre and the Packers, where the Green Bay-based franchise tried to pay Favre to keep him retired, the 3-time league MVP quarterback was traded to the NY Jets in August 2008. This came in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick that could turn into a first-rounder if Favre played 80% of the snaps and the Jets make it all the way to the Super Bowl.
The next season, Favre led the Jets to a 9-7 record and announced his retirement in January 2009, only to come back and sign with the Minnesota Vikings in August 2009. Favre played 2 seasons with the Vikings before retiring for good in July 2010.
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