The latest talk around the Vikings' organization is the serious possibility of acquiring Randy Moss from the Patriots. According to several sources like FoxSports (Jay Glazer), Jason LaCanfora, and the Boston Herald, a deal could be official sooner rather than later.
Moss has struggled at times this year, but often looked like the Randy from 1999. Against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night, Moss went without a catch, which is rare for somebody of his caliber.
It's clear that Randy would like a change of scenery and he sees his chances of winning a Super Bowl with the Patriots potentially decreasing.
Minnesota, on the other hand, is a team that is in serious of need of a "big play" receiver and have implored the Patriots heavily for the 7-time Pro Bowl selection.
When Moss was traded to the Raiders in 2004, they didn't leave on good terms. Randy had been unhappy with the Vikings for years. After enough complaining, he got his wish. With that said, his tenure with Oakland was far from spectacular. He became a virtual non-factor on a team that didn't know how to properly use him.
Randy has never been one to shy away from performing tactics to get himself noticed. I still clearly remember when he mocked mooning the Green Bay Packers crowd during the Wild Card round of the playoffs. His catch-phrase, if you can call it that "straight cash, homey!", is still used to this very day.
This amusing remark was made when a reporter asked him how he paid the NFL for his fine if he didn't write checks.
And while Moss may seem like a character, he has the skill on the field to back up his mouth.
His dreams of winning a Super Bowl were within serious reach after the Patriots went 18-0 before losing to the under-dog, New York Giants. Nearing his 34th birthday, Moss's chances of earning himself a ring are quickly flashing before his very eyes.
The Patriots have never been shy about trading talent away. Mike Vrabel, Richard Seymour, and Deion Branch are all examples of my statement.
It's obvious that the Vikings would come out the winner in this trade, which begs the question: Why is New England even considering it?
Nothing is official. Where we stand now, Randy is still very much a part of the New England Patriots.
It was also recently reported that Bill Belechick exchanged a series of words back-and-forth when Moss arrived unhappy to the Patriots practice field.
Randy, being the veteran he is, should know better than to cross the coach. He will easily find himself on another team. Nonetheless, that is likely what he's looking for either way.
Moss will fill a huge need for the Vikings, and his trade might also get rid of a cancer for New England. Ultimately, both teams will likely benefit from the trade, depending on how high the pick is.
As I have stated in the past, if Minnesota acquires a big name receiver, Bernard Berrian either needs to be traded or released. As much as I loved the way he played in his first year with the Vikings, he has made far too many mistakes since then.
Minnesota is an "all-in" type of team this year. With Brett Favre playing in his last season, the Vikings chances of winning a Super Bowl are better than they have ever been before.
The record might fool you, but the Vikings are not a 1-2 football team.
Randy Moss and Sidney Rice will make up the best duo at wide receiver in the league with Rice expected to be back within a month.
Patriots fans should feel puzzled by the potential move, but they are tremendous at making the most out of their draft picks.
I think Tom Brady has worked out pretty well for you guys, right?
There are a few more kinks that need to be worked out, but Randy Moss could soon be dawning the purple and gold jersey once again.
Believe me, I never thought I'd see the day.
Expect things to continue to heat up through tomorrow. It's very possible that a deal will be struck on Wednesday.
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