Brett Favre and Contract Law
The news that Brett Favre is once again contemplating unretiring and is meeting with the Minnesota Vikings is only mildly interesting to me. Not only is the story essentially a re-run of last summer’s drama but, frankly, Favre is a mediocre QB at this point (albeit nonetheless an upgrade over Tavaris Jackson).
One aspect I do find intriguing is this: When he forced the Packers to trade him last year, the deal they worked out with the New York Jets included a “poison pill” stipulating that, should he be traded to Minnesota, New York would have to surrender three first-round picks to Green Bay. Instead, Favre retired at the end of the season and the Jets released him a few days ago, making him a free agent.
Clearly, the Packers wanted to preclude Favre from going to a division rival and traded him only under conditions that made it incredibly unlikely that it’d happen. Favre still had three years on his contract with the Packers at the time of the trade. Why is this run-around permissible?
Photoshopped image by Drew Magary