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