Brett Favre has been traded to the Jets. Brett the Jett. Broadway Brett. The Gotham Gunslinger. I’m getting it all out of my system now, because ESPN, John Madden and Peter King are going to murder you with all things Favre during the season. By the way, what about the Madden curse? He’s on the cover, but in a Packers‘ uni. Will the curse have any effect on him as a Jet? Just a thought.
Does all of this impact the Chiefs? Well, it actually could. Chad Pennington and Herm Edwards certainly have a history, and it looks like he is going to be cut, maybe even traded. From NJ.com:
Chad Pennington has played his last game with the Jets, GM Mike Tannenbaun said today in an early morning conference call. Barring a last minute snag, Pennington will be traded or released today. The holdup is paperwork
From Rocky Mountain News:
In particular, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have Brodie Croyle starting at quarterback, with 12-year veteran Damon Huard as a backup. Pennington, when healthy, is a significant upgrade over either quarterback on the Chiefs roster…
Edwards said during his days with the Jets, he felt he developed that tight connection with Chad Pennington…
Watch for the Chiefs and Pennington to connect if and when a Favre trade to the Jets becomes official.
First, there’s that Chad-Herm connection. Next, there’s the fact that we have more cap room than any other team in the league. Lastly, our starter is unproven, while our back-up quarterbacks have been garbage so far this offseason. You don’t have to have Chris Mortenson’s connections to figure out that the Chiefs could be a potential pit stop for Pennington.
Personally, I’m all for it. Pennington’s only 32, which isn’t old in quarterback years. He led the surprising Jets to the playoffs just two years ago, when he was also named the league’s Comeback Player of the Year. He has five postseason starts as well. He’s also a Southern boy and a natural leader, so I think he’d be a great mentor for Brodie Croyle. They might even share the same barber, actually. He doesn’t have Brodie’s arm, but he makes smart decisions. He could certainly help Brodie improve in that department.
Pennington also could fit into our long-term plans should Brodie falter. There’s a big difference between a 32-year-old QB who’s used to starting, and a 35-year-old career clipboard holder. I’d feel much more comfortable if we added Pennington and traded Damon Huard for a late, or even conditional, draft pick. He’s making too much money for a guy who will never be anything more than a temp starter. This way Pennington could be Brodie’s security blanket. Tyler Thigpen would also have more time to develop, and be under less pressure to develop overnight.
What does everyone else think about Pennington potentially coming to Kansas City as added insurance?