Bill Belicheck happens to be close friends with Jon Bon Jovi, so he decided to send Randy Moss home to the Minnesota Vikings. Ok, that might not be the exact truth, but Moss is going back to the team that drafted him back in 1998. In a move that was broken by foxsports.com yesterday, but in fact outlined right here some three weeks ago, the New England Patriots have traded Randy Moss to the Vikings for a third-round draft pick. Minnesota is also said to be receiving a seventh-round pick in 2012 in addition to the future Hall of Fame receiver. So now that it’s happened, what does it mean for all parties involved?
For the Patriots this is pretty much business as usual. They had a player that while still very good, was also entering the last year of his contract. The other factor involved is age. Moss is 33 and wide receivers typically are not able to stay in the upper echelon as they enter in to their mid-thirties. Then again, there has never been another talent like “The Freak”, so if he loses a step he is probably still faster than 90% of the NFL. New England however, always tries to get rid of players before the downslide really begins. As I had previously stated, they were not going to offer Randy a new contract, so if they wanted to get something for him, they had to trade him. Don’t try to kid yourselves Pats’ fans, your team is worse off today than it was yesterday, and by a lot. This move was all about business and the Vikings certainly needed the services of the employee traded.
Minnesota is pumped. Not just the team, but the fans base as well. The last time Moss was in purple was 2004 and the Vikes lost to the Eagles in the playoffs. That season was actually his worst as a Viking, but he missed all or part of six games that year due to injury. In fact, in a little twist of irony, one of the incidents that led to Minnesota trading Moss to Oakland, was him pretending to moon the crowd at Lambeau Field, as the Vikings beat the Packers and QB Brett Favre in a first round playoff game. Now the two legends of the midwest get to play together for the first time. Favre has what he has been lacking this year without Sidney Rice. He has a receiver that he has full faith in. In addition, Moss is still one of the deadliest deep threat wide-outs in the league and he has proven to be even more lethal when his excellence has been called in to question. Minnesota’s problems on offense this year have been predominantly in the passing game and this trade is exactly what they needed. When Rice returns later this season they will have the best receiving tandem in the NFL.
During their bye week Minnesota was fairly boring to keep tabs on. Then, the Packers almost lost to Detroit, Chicago looked awful against the Giants and the Vikings traded for Randy Moss. Suddenly, the NFC North, the NFC, and the Super Bowl all seem like realistic goals once again. Plus, a legend comes back to finish his career wearing horns. Welcome home FREAK!!!
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).