Yesterday at the annual EFL owners’ meeting in Exton, the Delaware Cherries traded the veteran quarterback to the defending league champions in exchange for the Lakers’ first round draft choice in 2006 and center Alonzo Ephraim. Less than an hour later Delaware released Ephraim and announced the signing of free agent guard-center Lennie Friedman.
So the Cherries will indeed go with Drew Brees as their starting quarterback this season — at least at the start. The only other quarterback on the Delaware roster is last season’s third-stringer Rohan Davey. Davey saw action last season only as a holder for John Kasay’s extra point and field goal attempts.
Brees saw action in four games last season as Favre’s backup. In those games Brees completed 19 of 37 throws for 193 yards. He threw two interceptions, and none of his completions were for scores. He is regarded throughout the league to have a lot of talent and potential. With Favre not getting any younger, Delaware GM/coach Jon Brams felt the time was right to turn over the offense’s keys to Brees.
Brams and Favre were predictably misty-eyed after the trade was announced. Brams said, “It has been a great honor to have had Brett in the Delaware organization for so long. The organization and our fans will miss his courage, talent, and enthusiasm. I wish him well with Philadelphia — but not too well.” For his part Favre acknowledged he understands the direction the Cherries are going. “My last season here was frustrating, and I wish it had ended better. I have nothing but kind words for Delaware. They always treated me very well,” said Favre.
With last year’s Philadelphia starting quarterback, Tommy Maddox, expected to be available for just a few games this coming season, Favre said Lakers GM Stony Balboa has promised him he’ll see a lot of action. “I’ve been given a great opportunity to play with a championship team — especially when you consider my age,” said the 35-year old veteran. “They have a winning tradition in Philly, and I’ll be throwing to great receivers like [Plaxico] Burress, [Deion] Branch, [Marcus] Robinson, and Chad Lewis.” Favre has a point — the Philadelphia receiving corps is arguably a notch or two better than Delaware’s.
The Cherries and Lakers are scheduled for the first of their two matchups this season September 11 in Delaware. The game will be nationally televised. It should be an emotional morning.
In other noteworthy trades yesterday:
Near the end of the day the league’s “depth chart police” flagged the Cherries for having insufficient manpower at defensive tackle to align in the rarely used 5-6 defense. To address this issue Delaware waived defensive end Chris Kelsay, their 5th round draft choice, and announced the signing of free agent rookie Tim Anderson of Ohio State.
To see a list of all trades and other player transactions made at yesterday’s EFL owners’ meeting, go online to the league’s website.