Randy Moss trade talk was expected during the offseason. Yet Randy Moss trade buzz already sprang up yesterday, and may already pay off today. The Patriots’ wide receiver has been vocal in wanting one last big contract, as his 3-year deal in New England will end soon. However, the Patriots have shown no signs that they will keep him, and he has been sure to tell the press about it. Therefore, New England seemingly decided to get it over with now – and in the most noteworthy way possible. Not only is a trade for Moss apparently imminent, it may also send him home.
The Patriots did well on Monday night against Miami, even though Moss did not catch a single pass. Yet any other team is likely to throw to him a lot – especially one that doesn’t have wide receiving depth. One of those teams is his old one, as the Vikings badly need new weapons for Brett Favre.
Therefore, reports have Moss heading back to Minnesota, perhaps as soon as today. According to ESPN, the Patriots are set to make the deal now, in return for a third-round draft pick. It may not be much, but it’s more than they would have gotten once Moss became a free agent.
Although the Vikings parted ways with Moss under strained circumstances, time may heal all wounds. At the least, those wounds are less painful than the ones they have gotten in the last four weeks. The Vikings are 1-2, with a depleted and banged up receiving core and a potentially depleted and banged up Favre.
Putting together a trade for Moss might seem desperate, but it is likely necessary. The Vikings are facing a tough schedule ahead, starting this Monday night against the Jets. If their offense can’t get back to form quickly, Minnesota will be in an even bigger early hole.
It is questionable whether the trade has come too late for Moss, and for the Vikings. Although this move will generate huge headlines, both the receiver and the team aren’t what they were during their first marriage together.
As for the Patriots, they are confident they can survive without their biggest wide receiving threat. They got 41 points without him on Monday night, although that was due to special teams and defense. If the offense has to carry the team again, Tom Brady will have to throw to Wes Welker and a bunch of largely unknown young players.
Thanks to the Moss trade, Minnesota is talking more about the Vikings than the Twins today, despite the Twins starting their playoff run tonight. It will also make the Vikings-Jets Monday night showdown even more hyped, assuming Moss is able to play. Meanwhile, the Patriots have time to adjust, with their next game on Oct. 17 against the Ravens.
ESPN- “Source: Vikes have deal for Randy Moss”