It is sometimes said that one cannot go home again. Well I guess that adage doesn’t apply to Randy Moss. Moss, who began his NFL career in Minnesota returned to the Twin Cities as the Patriots traded the talented receiver for a future third-round draft pick. It has been well documented that Moss was unhappy in New England due to a reduced role in the offense and he expressed a desire to play for another team. Here is how Moss has fared in his career so far with the three NFL teams he has played for.
Minnesota Vikings 1998-2004:
Moss was drafted by the Vikings in 1998 and he did not disappoint in his first year catching 69 passes for over 1,300 yards en route to helping the Vikings go 15-1 during the regular season. Minnesota would make it all the way to the conference championship game where they were heavy favorites over the Atlanta Falcons. However, the Falcons would pull out a stunning 30-27 win in OT en route to their first title game and leaving the Vikings wondering what might have been. Moss’ most product seasons in Minnesota came during the 2002 and 2003 campaigns. In 2002, he caught 106 passes for 1,347 yards while hauling in 111 passes for 1,632 yards in 2003. Unfortunately, the Vikings would not make the playoffs in either season. In 2004, the Vikings decided to part ways with the talented wide-receiver and traded him to the Oakland Raiders for a linebacker and two draft picks.
Oakland Raiders 2005-2006:
Randy Moss only had marginal success during his short tenure on the West Coast totaling over 1,550 receiving yards and 150 catches. While some would call these good numbers for some receivers, they were a far cry from the numbers he had put up during his years in Minnesota. The Raiders would eventually trade Moss to the Patriots prior to the 2007 season.
New England Patriots 2007-2010:
Upon his arrival in New England, Randy Moss wanted to shake the label that he was a quitter and a selfish player. Needless to say, he was able to accomplish that and then some during his first year as a Patriot. Moss caught 98 passes for 1,493 yards and set an NFL record with 23 touchdowns. In addition to that, the Patriots also went undefeated that season but would come up short against the Giants in the Super Bowl. Moss would also rack up over 1,000 yard receiving yards in 2008 and 2009 as well. This season however, he expressed sentiment that he was no longer happy with this role within the offense. As a result, the Patriots traded the 33-year old receiver back to Minnesota for future draft picks.
While Moss has had some issues with each of teams he has played for, he is a talented receiver who can beat opposing defenses in a lot of different ways. With Percy Harvin currently being sidelined with an injury, the Vikings are in need of a spark on offense and Moss can definitely help provide that much. With a record of 1-2, Minnesota’s offense seems to have slumped from where it was a season ago and Moss may be just what the doctor ordered. While it is too early to tell if the addition of Moss will help the Vikings go all the way to big game this year, his presence does add a different dimension to the Vikings offense. As Randy Moss stated to the Viking fans at the team’s press conference, “It should be a fun ride.”