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Wednesday, October 6, 2010
So long homey
Crazy stuff coming out of Foxborough today as the Patriots traded star wide receiver Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings for a third round draft pick in 2011.
It ended a three plus year stay in New England for Moss, who came here in a shocking draft day deal in 2007 from the Oakland Raiders (for the pittance of a fourth round draft pick).
He had 50 touchdowns in 52 regular season games, including his record setting 2007 (98 catches, 1493 yards, 23 touchdowns) where he put up video game numbers.
The team choked in the 2008 Super Bowl vs. the Giants and then got progressively worse the next few seasons since Tom Brady got hurt and in the last few season's, they tried to force the deep ball to Moss way too much.
Getting a third round pick in return seems like way too little compensation but obviously Bill Belichick and the Patriots felt like it was time to cut bait with Moss who is in a contract year but so far has done little in four games this season (9 catches, 139 yards, 3 touchdowns).
Going to the Vikings make sense for Moss since with uberclown Brett Favre still hanging around there, they'll be throwing his cherished deep ball 10 times a game. It will add up to some wins and highlights but when it counts, this ensures even further than Minnesota won't win the Super Bowl this season or as long as both Favre and Moss are there.
The fine folks in Minnesota are embracing Moss (who played there from 1998-2004) just like they have jumped onboard with Favre the last two summers. Too bad they're being hoodwinked by these two bozos.
The Patriots die-hards that never question anything Belichick for anything he does for once in their lives are getting objective. Nobody likes the deal save for Moss critics like Mike Felger.
So here we are. It's the Patriots' bye week but this is one of the biggest stories in the 2010 NFL season and to think it all started with rumors on Twitter yesterday that I thought were a joke.
Best of all, Moss will be right back in the spotlight on Monday as the Vikings take on the New York Jets in Monday Night Football. I'll shamelessly admit that I have Moss on a fantasy football team and I think this dramatically improves his value. Also on my side, I have tickets to see the Vikings-Patriots game at Gillette Stadium on Halloween. That was already a juicy game but now it takes on much more significance.
With the Moss deal, the Pats now have two picks in the first four rounds of the 2011 draft.