Chris: As far as I’m aware, Mick Jagger has never had to amputate Randy Moss from his backside. And, apparently, Moss did not grow on fans, management or law enforcement officers enough in Minnesota, Oakland and now New England to keep from being traded three times in his career, with each team receiving a draft pick and a bag of feed in return. However, supporters in Minnesota are clearly excited about the wide receiver’s return, because they can now retrieve their old Moss jerseys (which by this time may be covered in moss) from their rummage piles.
Brad: No. 84 is back in Minnesota, and I am going to love every bit of it. Although I am jumping on the Moss bandwagon, I will also be the first to admit that to predict anything that goes through his corn-rowed head would be a mistake. He will forever be a master of unpredictability, although the infamous Ochocinco may soon be the teacher in this category. However, I do believe Moss would fall for the idea of retiring with the same colors he started with.
Joe: Trading Moss to Vikings is good for the Vikings. Good for the Pats. And, if Moss can be the player, not the crybaby for which he is known, good for Moss. If Vikings can get Rice and Moss on the field together at the end of the season, watch out playoffs.
Brad: I remember the naïve, explosive Moss of old, and, although that Moss was easy to hate, this new version is easy to love. Some players just look good with a certain color, and Moss was born to be a Viking.
Joe: Don’t forget that former Viking receiver Cris Carter (Moss’ mentor) was on the ’98 Vikings when Moss was a rookie and the team went 15-1, only to be upset in the NFC Championship Game by the Falcons in an overtime game. Carter just recently said that Moss won’t have to learn the play calling right away, because Brett will call the play for the team and then tell Moss, “Just go to the post-I’ll get it to you.”
Chris: I don’t know how Joe was able to annex the Vikings’ 1998 playbook, but that strategy was also offensive coordinator Brian Billick’s game plan.
Brad: Moss may not have the pure skill that he did a few years ago, but he still gives defensive coordinators something to dread every week. Moss is smarter, more crafty, but when he needs to be, he can still overpower any defender the NFL throws at him.
Joe: Moss is just as talented as always, more experienced and the talk is that his work ethic is exceptional.
Chris: I hear it can take upwards of six hours to properly braid cornrows.
Joe: I’ll say it again, “Watch out playoffs.” Remember, next year will be a contract year for Moss. This year’s stats will be money in the bank.
Brad: The Vikings’ new offense is good enough to turn old Joe into an all-pro play-caller. Any team with Adrian Peterson will be good, but when you throw Moss, Percy Harvin, and eventually Sidney Rice into the mix, it gives this offense scary possibilities.
Chris: Not only will Minnesota showcase a frightening offense this season, but Tavaris Jackson is already pulsating with fear and misgiving over having to commandeer this team next season, apparently after Jenn Sterger causes Favre to retire.
Joe: If Brett retires after the year, Moss will be happy in Minnesota for the right price in his upcoming contract. Alas, but only for a while.
Chris: At least the Vikings appear to have not only solved their shortage at wide receiver by acquiring Moss, but have also been able to accrue a very capable water boy too, as Moss has been known to provide unexpected refreshment to NFL officials.
Brad: Joe just wishes he had lifted weights more in high school, so he could have been the water boy for the Vikings.