Last night, most analysts were adamant that Moss would not be traded until the Vikings worked out an extension with him.
Although details aren't finalized, it is believed that the Vikings will send the New England Patriots a third-round pick in return for Moss and his expiring contract.
The Patriots have already made out on this deal. In 2007, they acquired Moss from the Oakland Raiders for a fourth-round draft pick. A little over three seasons later, and after 50 touchdown catches, the Patriots have cashed out and received a higher pick than the one they surrendered for Moss.
The Moss trade gives the Patriots two picks in each of the first four rounds in a year when receivers like Georgia's A.J. Green, Alabama's Julio Jones, Pittsburgh's Jonathan Baldwin, and Notre Dame's Michael Floyd may just declare for the draft.
But what about the Vikings? They made this trade because Sidney Rice is supposed to be out until mid-season. At 1-2, and looking up at the 3-1 Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, it is obvious that the Vikings panicked, especially after missing out on Vincent Jackson.
Brett Favre has looked miserable this season, throwing for just 597 yards and two touchdowns against six interceptions. Correspondingly, the Vikings passing offense has plummeted to 24th in the league with 185 yards per game. A year ago they averaged 259.8 yards per game.
Now Favre has a go-to deep threat, and once Sidney Rice returns, the Vikings have no shortage of options for the graybeard. Add in Adrian Peterson, and the Vikings offense can be deadly, this year.
What about next year? No shortage of questions can be asked about next year or the years after that.
Would Randy Moss want to re-sign with the Vikings?
Would the Vikings want to re-sign Randy Moss?
Would resigning Randy Moss prompt Brett Favre to return for another season?
And the list of questions goes on and on.
Although this move indicates that the Vikings are all in for 2010, they will still consider resigning Randy Moss.
And in my opinion, they most likely will re-sign Randy Moss.
The thought of having one of the greatest wide receivers of all time end his career with the team he entered the league with is too intriguing to pass up.
Several roadblocks exist in any deal being agreed upon by the two sides. At 33, Randy Moss is far from his prime, yet he will still probably pursue a deal in the range of recent contracts signed by the likes of Andre Johnson and Brandon Marshall. The Vikings may also be starting Tarvaris Jackson next season; would Randy Moss, who complained when Tom Brady was his quarterback, be satisfied with Jackson throwing him the ball?
Prognosticating on the future of a team like the Vikings is about as tough as winning the lottery. When an organization is so blatantly selling the farm for a championship it is tough to tell if they will land on their feet if the mission fails.
Re-signing Moss would help ease the fall from grace if this last chance power drive comes up short.
If Favre retires for good after this season, Super Bowl or no Super Bowl, the Vikings quarterback can be any number of players: the aforementioned Jackson? Joe Webb? Jake Locker? Andrew Luck? Ryan Mallet? What about Michael Vick?
No matter who it is, that player's job would be made a hell of a lot easier if Randy Moss was lining up wide along with Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin, as opposed to just Rice and Harvin.
If nothing else Randy Moss needs to be resigned because the Vikings have nothing to lose by giving him a contract extension. Moss is extremely popular in Minnesota, he is nearing the end of his career, and if the Vikings don't win the Super Bowl this season, they could at least point to Moss' re-signing as a positive.
For now we can say that the prodigal son has returned. Hopefully soon we can say that the return is permanent.