Randy Moss Trade Talks: What Can Patriots Expect To Receive From Vikings?

Sean KeaneCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2010

Randy Moss Trade Talks: What Can Patriots Expect To Receive From Vikings?

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    FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots greets teammates during drills before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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    Reports are surfacing all over the 'net that the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings have a deal in place to send wide receiver Randy Moss to Minnesota. According to numerous reports, the deal is in place and is contingent on the Moss and the Vikings agreeing to terms on a new contract.

    There is no word yet on what the Patriots would receive in return.

    Here are some possibilities.

Draft Picks

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looks on as he stands on stage during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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    This is the scenario Patriots fans are hoping to avoid at all costs.

    Tom Brady is still in his prime, but he won't be forever. Trading away the best receiver the team has ever had without getting an immediate replacement in return is a waste of Brady's talents.

    Knowing Belichick though, it's certainly possible. Given the Vikings' desperate need for a receiver, expect New England to demand multiple high picks, maybe a first rounder and a fourth rounder. If I were the Patriots I wouldn't accept any less than that.

    If the Patriots give up on Moss for the sake of more picks, I, along with most of New England, will be livid.

Jared Allen

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19:  Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings in action during the first half of the game against the Miami Dolphins on September 19, 2010 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Ima
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    It seems the Vikings are hell-bent on fueling Favre's fire on offense.

    Maybe they wouldn't mind taking a hit on defense to do it.  The Patriots' pass rush has ranged from anemic to pee-wee this season.

    Moss for Allen sounds like a perfect match to me. Allen would give the Pats the pass rush they desperately need and haven't had since...well....ever.

Adrian Peterson

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball while being pursued by Julian Peterson #98 of the Detroit Lions during the second half at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 26, 2010 in Minneap
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    I can dream, can't I?

    Send Randy Moss and the Patriots' first round pick to the Vikings in exchange for Peterson.  Suddenly missing Moss won't sting so badly.

Vincent Jackson

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31:  Vincent Jackson- of the San Diego Charges dives for yardage during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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    This one actually makes sense.

    The Vikings had a deal worked out with Jackson but it fell through thanks to the Chargers' asking price.  The Vikings would likely be willing to meet that price for Moss though. If they send San Diego what they were looking for, then the Chargers would send Jackson to the Patriots.

    In effect, the Pats would be trading Moss for Jackson straight up. Jackson would step in as a deep threat and assume Moss' role in the offense.

    He may not be quite the playmaker that the future Hall of Famer is, but he's still one of the league's best and the team could lock him up and have a dynamic threat for the rest of Brady's tenure.

Sidney Rice

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    MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17:  Wide receiver Sidney Rice #18 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates while playing against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapol
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    This would be another move for the future at the expense of the present.

    Rice is recovering from hip surgery. He won't play until week 9 at the earliest. Even then, I doubt he'll be full speed at any point this season.

    Rice would be a nice prize down the road, and if the Vikings add a second round draft pick the Pats might bite.

    It would be great value, but again, as yet another move that doesn't utilize Brady in his prime, it would drive New England up a wall.

Percy Harvin

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 2:  Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings runs a pass drill during warmups prior to an NFL preseason game against the Denver Broncos at the Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, on September 2, 2010 in Minneapo
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    Similar to Rice, a deal for Harvin would need to include a draft pick as well. Unlike Rice however, Harvin is healthy and ready to go.

    His versatility would be an ideal fit for the Patriots' multi-faceted offensive attack. He's not a top flight threat as a traditional receiver though, so if he's the main piece in a trade look for the passing game to suffer somewhat.

Other Ideas?

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    GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 9:  Wide receiver Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings pretends to moon the crowd after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field on January 9, 2005 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The
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    What do you guys think? Any other possible deals, throw 'em down in the comments section.

    For the record, the only plausible scenario I would be happy with is the Vincent Jackson trade. Other than that I don't think it's worth losing a deep threat like Moss.

    He means too much to the offense, even when he doesn't catch a pass. He is one of the only players in the NFL who commands at least a double team on every play. His mere presence changes the way a defense plays.  

    Jackson is almost as good right now, and over the next five seasons would be a great target for Brady.