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Packers say trade best for all parties involved

Packers General Manager Ted Thompson addressed the media Thursday afternoon. Packers General Manager Ted Thompson addressed the media Thursday afternoon.

by Bryon Graff

GREEN BAY(WAOW)-Packers CEO Mark Murphy says the breaking point in the talks between Brett Favre and the Packers happened when Favre actually arrived here in Green Bay. The Packers never thought he would do that but after lengthy conversations with Mike McCarthy the team knew they needed to part ways. That happened last night when the team struck a deal to trade him to the New York Jets.

Packers General Manager Ted Thompson says, "At the end of the day Brett, myself and even Mike felt like the only solution going forward was to quote "part ways".

Says Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy, "I think the real key was Mike having that honest conversation with him and an agreement reached between Mike and Brett and that gets us to the point that we had closure."

Head Coach Mike McCarthy says, "I think it was important to keep it as tight as possible for the football team, the focus because we got to this spot we knew it would be difficult to focus and get through our training camp."

When it reached the point of trade talks most of the communication happened between Brett Favre's people and interested teams. The Jets emerged as the leading pursuer of the hall of fame bound quarterback. They'll give up a reported fourth round pick that could be worth as much as a first rounder if Favre led the Jets to this year's Super Bowl.

Ted Thompson says, "They were very aggressive, very active, did a great job of selling themselves to Brett and that group. We felt it was the best thing for us and for him."

Ted Thompson says this is a high risk business and believes this move is in the best interest of the Green Bay Packers.

Online Reporter: Bryon Graff

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