Peter King pointed out something I guess I had either forgotten about or ignored...
The Packers traded Favre to the New York Jets for a conditional draft choice in 2008. The pick became the Jets' third-rounder in the 2009 draft because Favre played more than 50 percent of the snaps in the 2008 season. So when the Packers started looking for an extra pick to pair with the 41st and 73rd overall picks to send to New England for the 26th overall pick in the first round on that draft day, GM Ted Thompson reached into his trove of choices and pulled out the Favre pick -- the 83rd. He sent the three picks to New England for that first-rounder and a fifth- to get a prospect many in the league thought had some holes because of a very spotty college career. The prospect started only eight games in five years, but Thompson had a feel for him. He thought the prospect would be just what his front seven was missing. And so the deal got made, and Thompson used the ultimate headache that had been the Favre nightmare to help him get his man.
NFL sack leader Clay Matthews.
So I guess in the end we can thank Favre for pushing his way out cause it was his compensation that helped open the door for us to get our hands on Clay Matthews. Talk about a GM going out on a line for a player he had a hunch on! I am just glad he didn't draft someone with the Favre pick!