There’s no suspense over what the Jets plan to do with Chad Pennington now that they’ve acquired Brett Favre – GM Mike Tannenbaum ended that by announcing Pennington would be cut today. He then unleashed the usual spiel about how sad everyone is and blah blah:
It’s a bittersweet moment for us. I have not had the opportunity to talk to Chad as of this call. I know [coach] Eric [Mangini] has. I have all the respect in the world for Chad as a person and a player. We have accomplished a lot of great things with Chad, including winning playoff games, which is very hard to do. He gave his heart and soul to this organization for a long, long time. I really appreciate everything he has done.
Pennington has had some nice years, but he’s had lots of injuries and it’s generally agreed that his arm-strength falls somewhere between Brad Johnson and Kelly Holcomb. Still, he’s younger than Gus Frerotte by a couple of years, and would seem a nice West Coast fit given his accuracy and high football IQ. He’ll certainly shop himself around once he’s cut. If he can’t find a guaranteed starting job somewhere (and there really aren’t any to be had), he might be amenable to backing up Tarvaris Jackson, a guy whose starter status could be on shaky ground before too long.