After Randy Moss' three touchdown performance against the Tennessee Titans this past Sunday I figured I'd take a look back at the trade that sent Moss to New England from the Oakland Raiders.
Randy started his career out in Minnesota where he put up impressive numbers from the start catching 17 touchdowns in both 1998 and 2003 along with a 15 touchdown year in 2000. Moss would play seven seasons in Minnesota making the Pro Bowl in five of those years. Even with all this success Moss still had his controversial moments which led to his move to Oakland the most notable being after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers he turned around and fake mooned the crowd.
Moss arrived in Oakland in 2005 and had an impact his first year catching 60 passes for 1,005 yards and eight touchdowns. His next year was a disappointment though as he played just 13 games the least in his career and had just 553 yards and three touchdowns both career lows. Moss would play just two years in Oakland where he was called out for not playing hard and quitting before the game was even over. This also led to Oakland trading Moss.
Randy would get traded on Day 2 of the 2007 NFL draft to the New England Patriots for a fourth round pick which the Raiders used to select corner back John Bowie which would turn out to be one of the most lopsided trades in NFL history. In Randy's first year in New England he caught 98 balls for 1,493 yards and set the record for touchdowns with 23 breaking Jerry Rice's record of 22 touchdowns. In his second year with the Patriots he caught another 11 touchdowns and 1,008 yards for back to back 1,000 yard seasons for the first time since 2002-2003. He did this even with Matt Cassell as quarterback after Tom Brady got injured in the very first game of 2008.
Now after looking at the stats Moss has put up in his career it's almost impossible to believe the Raiders would get just a fourth round pick for him. With that pick they took John Bowie who would play just five games for the Raiders in a little over two years with the team. He played two games in his first year for the Raiders recording just one tackle and then in 2008 would be placed on injured reserve for the entire year. This year Bowie would play three games recording a single tackle. He was placed on injured reserve again on September 30 and then released by the team on October 2. He is currently a free agent.
It seems pretty clear that the Patriots got the better end of this trade. Since the trade the Patriots have gone 31-7 and made it to the Super Bowl while the Raiders have gone 11-27 finishing in 4th and 3rd in their division respecitvely.
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