Most sources point to Randy Moss becoming a Minnesota Viking by the end of the day.
This trade has left some of us a bit confused.
You're trading Randy Moss? The guy who has had 151 touchdown receptions and over 14,000 receiving yards in his career?
That Randy Moss?
I understand that Moss wasn't even close to productive during Monday night's game against the Miami Dolphins, but it's Randy Moss!
Without a doubt, Moss will make an excellent addition to a weakened Vikings squad, but where does that leave New England?
The Pats would be a good team even without Randy Moss, but they shouldn't take the chance.
Here are the reasons why...
Even though the Patriots are starting to transition into a tight end-based offense, Randy Moss has participated in 79 percent of the Pats' snaps this season.
Sure, New England could fill this spot with a less experienced receiver, but he wouldn't be as high a caliber as Moss.
Randy Moss has been around the NFL block, and he understands the ins and outs and subtleties of the game.
He doesn't seem to be any worse for the wear either. Moss is 33 years old, but he still has quite a bit left in his tank.
We know that Bill Belichick likes to keep the press away from his football team, but this is a little ridiculous.
The Pats should want to maintain a positive relationship with the media, and trading Moss could send the wrong message to the rest of the team.
This organization needs to be careful to trade Moss without making it look like they're getting rid of him for being too outspoken.
Moss has made some public statements about the Patriots organization, but all he really said was that he wished to remain in New England.
I'm sure that Belichick knows what he's doing, and the strong, silent philosophy has worked so far for the Patriots.
But don't make the young guys scared to talk to the media.
Keeping along the lines of publicity, the Pats also need to keep in mind that Randy Moss has the ear of the media.
This trade could easily be painted as a sort of off-field soap opera no matter how civil the separation is. Judging by Moss' statements earlier in the season, the media could easily paint him like a crazy ex-girlfriend.
Randy Moss is the kind of receiver that forces defenses to get creative, causing holes in coverage.
Not many receivers draw specialty coverage like Moss, and other Patriots weapons will have to deal with quite a bit more pressure.
The Patriots' main threat in the AFC East comes in the form of the New York Jets, and Randy Moss proved that he is no "slouch" when it comes to dealing with the Jets' secondary.
Moss' highlight of the season came in the form of a one-handed catch over Darrelle Revis in the end zone that left the cornerback embarrassed and injured.
The Pats will be hard pressed to find another player on their offense with this kind of talent.
Wes Welker has been getting the most looks from Tom Brady this season, but can he carry the offense on his own?
Welker isn't as much of a deep threat as Moss, and we could see some durability issues with this receiver.
According to a Sports Nation poll on ESPN.com, the majority of sports fans think this trade is a bad idea.
When asked, "What's your take on a potential Randy Moss trade to Minnesota?" 57 percent of voters answered, "Bad idea...Patriots need Moss."
Randy Moss is the kind of receiver that elevates the level of play of an entire offense, and this includes quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady has defended Moss' statements about feeling unwanted in New England, and it is fairly obvious that these two just click as teammates.
No matter what Brady might say publicly if and when this trade happens, he will miss Moss' ability to make the big plays.
The last time I checked, the entire goal of an NFL franchise is to win games.
Sure, trading Moss for a draft pick would give the Patriots a chance to build in future seasons, but the team should be concerned about winning now.