The news flash of the NFL on Tuesday was the New England Patriots were negotiating a trade with the Minnesota Vikings for their number one wide receiver Randy Moss. On Wednesday morning, we got confirmation that the trade had been completed.
Patriots receive: third round draft pick in 2011 draft Vikings receive: WR Randy Moss and a seventh round pick in 2011 draft
Here is why this is a good move:
1. Randy Moss probably would not have resigned with New England, thus giving the Pats a desire to get something for him rather than let him fall into free agency and get nothing for him. Moss was in the last year of his contract, and (reportedly) expressed interest in a trade if the Pats were not going to give him a contract extension.
2. It gets the biggest distraction away from the Patriots. Moss had many successful years with them, and in time I’m sure that all the acrimony between the two sides will fall by the wayside. I’m sure of this because Moss made a request and the Pats granted it, as opposed to his previous departures, where the relationship had crumbled, and removing him was the only option.
3. It resurrects the Minnesota Vikings receiving corp. With the eventual return of Rice and Harvin, Moss gives them a veteran presence to sync up with Brett Favre, in addition to providing veteran leadership for the younger offensive players.
4. For both teams, it lets them gain, and not lose too much. The Patriots get Moss out of the clubhouse, and send him to the NFC, where they will not face him this season. The Vikings, in turn, avoid the circus of having Moss face his former team as well. Fittingly, the trade allow Moss a quicker rematch with the Jets, who shut him down earlier this season.
5. Finally, it allows Randy Moss to come full circle, to potentially end his career where it began. He will have the chance next season to mentor a young quarterback and leave the Vikings in a better position when he eventually retires.