NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi reports that the Jets have waived QB Brett Favre off the reserve/retired list, making the probable Pro Football Hall of Famer a free agent.
Favre, 39, now is eligible to sign with any team, but he said he doesn’t plan on returning after his second retirement from the NFL.
“(Favre’s agent) Bus (Cook) and Mike (Tannenbaum, the Jets’ general manager) have been talking about this for a while,” Favre said in a statement. “Nothing has changed. At this time, I am retired and have no intention of returning to football.”
According to Tannenbaum, the move had been in the works for some time.
“Brett requested his release some time ago,” Tannenbaum said in a statement. “He has not indicated any desire to return to football, and he remains retired. We wish him the best.”
NFL.com’s Steve Wyche reports that the move voids any stipulations in Favre’s contract with the Jets, including the one that required compensation to the Packers if the QB were traded to any other NFC North team. Under that clause, inserted last year when the Packers traded Favre to the Jets, New York would owe Green Bay three first-round draft picks.
Favre played one season with the Jets, leading them to a 9-7 record but missing the playoffs. He retired at the conclusion of the season, but the Jets still retained his rights until this afternoon.
The Jets traded up in the recent draft to select USC QB Mark Sanchez with the No. 5 overall pick.