ESPN: Brett Favre Traded to NY Jets

Brett Favre has been traded to the New York Jets, according to ESPN late Wednesday night.

ESPN's Michael Smith confirmed the news with a Jets source.

The Green Bay Packers have released the following statement:

"Brett has had a long and storied career in Green Bay, and the Packers owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for everything he accomplished on the field and for the impact he made in the state. It is with some sadness that we make this announcement, but also with the desire for certainty that will allow us to move the team and organization forward in the most positive way possible.

"We respect Brett's decision that he could no longer remain here as a Packer. But there were certain things we were not willing to do because they were not in the best interest of the team. We were not going to release him nor trade him to a team within the division. When Brett ultimately decided that he still wanted to play football, but not in Green Bay, we told him that we would work to find the best solution for all parties involved. We wish Brett and his family well.

"We appreciate the tremendous passion shown by our fans. We, like them, always will see Brett Favre as a Green Bay Packer and our respect for him never will change. Moving forward, we are dedicated to delivering a successful 2008 season for all Packers fans."
Earlier Wednesday Favre's agent confirmed to the Associated Press the Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were likely destinations.

This trade is still pending approval by the National Football League, which is expected to come sometime Thursday.

Cody Lillich, Reporting.