QB Brett Favre has told the New York Jets that he's retiring from professional football. Favre had instructed his agent, James Cook, to inform the Jets on Wednesday that he is retiring. Jets team executives and coach Rex Ryan confirmed the retirement in a statement, saying they talked to Favre on Wednesday morning about his decision. Favre, a future Hall of Famer, spent last season with the Jets, throwing for 3,472 yards, 22 TD, 22 INT.
This is good news for the Jets, as the team can now move on and start searching for a replacement. Favre's backup QB Kellen Clemens started a few games two years ago but failed to show anything that would make us believe that he can be a regular starter in the NFL. QB Brett Ratliff, who was #3 QB last season, looked impressive in a few preseason games last year but never played a down in a regular season game or playoffs. The Jets will most likely select a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft and could also bring a free agent in.