Packers benefiting from Jets’ playoff run

New York’s on-field success is greatly benefiting Green Bay.

The conditional fourth-round pick that Green Bay acquired from the New York Jets in August for quarterback Brett Favre already has become a third-round pick. It’s on the verge of going up to a second-round pick, and could very well wind up as a first-round pick.

With five games remaining this season and with the Jets holding first place in the AFC East with an 8-3 record, Green Bay is all but assured of receiving New York’s second-round pick.

The trade called for the Packers to get the Jets’ third-round pick if Favre played in 50 percent of the plays this season; that has already happened.

It becomes a second-round pick if Favre plays 70 percent of the Jets’ plays, which he will, and if the Jets make the playoffs, which seems almost certain.

And it will become a first-round pick if Favre plays in 80 percent of the plays, which he is on pace to do, and if the Jets make it to the Super Bowl.

So right now, it’s looking like Favre will cost the Jets at least a second and possibly a first -– a small price for the respect and attention he has brought to the franchise.

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