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Favre Traded

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Aug 7, 2008 2:10PM

2008_08_favre_pennington.jpgBrett Favre is no longer a member of the Green Bay Packers. Following an increasingly hostile situation created by his desire to come out of retirement while the team had moved on with Aaron Rodgers, the Packers finally traded the future Hall of Famer to the New York Jets late last night.

Refusing to trade him within the division -- the Bears and Vikings were supposedly interested -- it came down to a horse race between Tampa Bay and New York. While his departure for the Bucs seemed imminent all day Wednesday, the Jets won out in the end.

So what's the mean for the Bears?

For one, it means that the Bears will not have to face Brett Favre this year. Given that he's 22-10 lifetime against Chicago, that's always a good thing -- even if the Bears did manage to hand the Pack two of their three regular season losses in '07.

And could Favre's move to New York mean that Chad Pennington comes to Chicago? The 32-year old quarterback is the most likely victim when Favre joins the Jets' roster. With a career 88.9 QB rating, he's certainly an upgrade over either Kyle Orton or Rex Grossman. After he's cut by the Jets, will the Bears make a run at signing him to lead the team's offense? Given our faith in Orton and Grossman, we can only hope so. [Ed.'s Note - Early speculation has the Chiefs as the front-runners to pick up Le Chad. Sorry, Bears fans.]

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