Brett Favre lobbied the Green Bay Packers to trade for disgruntled wide receiver Randy Moss back in 2006. The Packers did not make the move. Instead, Moss was traded to the New England Patriots where, in his first season, he had the best year of his career. The often disgruntled receiver found himself in a similar position this season, saying that he felt unwanted in New England. After week 1, Moss said this would likely be his last season in New England.
It now seems that Moss' last season in New England will come to an end after just four games. Sources are saying that a trade between the Patriots and the Minnesota Vikings will go through on Wednesday. The trade will send Moss back to the team that drafted him in exchange for a third round pick.
The difference this time, is the quarterback of the Vikings, Brett Favre. He will finally get his chance to play with Moss; however is this match being made too late?
The affects of this trade vary. The Vikings could instantly reap the benefits that go along with acquiring a pro-bowl receiver, or the acquisition could blow up in their face, leaving the franchise crippled. Giving up a third round pick is not much for the play-making wide receiver. However, part of the deal hinders on Moss being able to work out a contract with the Vikings. Signing Moss to a big money extension, is putting all the marbles into the basket for the Vikings this season. A big money contract can also hinder the Vikings against a potential salary cap.
On ESPN radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning," the two Mikes wondered what effect the trade will have on Favre. If Randy Moss is staying in Minnesota past this season, perhaps Favre will come back to play another year feeling that a Super Bowl is within reach.
The more pressing reality is, how much will this trade really help the Vikings. Favre is four days away from his 41st birthday. He has become old and fragile; over the past few seasons his body has broken down late in the season. This goes all the way back to his final year in Green Bay, when he lost the NFC Championship game at home in what was a negative 35 degree windchill, something that never happened during his prime.
Randy Moss gives the Vikings a play-making receiver, so they will have at least one for the time being. Sidney Rice is still a few weeks away from returning, but will give them two great receivers when he returns. At that point though, it could be too late in the season and Favre's body could be giving out again.
One worry for the Vikings will be, with Randy Moss now on the field, will Brett Favre return to his old "gunslinger" style. The Vikings managed to keep the gunslinger in the closet last season, as Favre threw just seven interceptions. The season before with the Jets, the gunslinger through a league high 22 INTs. With Moss down the field, Favre may feel inclined to just let loose once again.
In the end, how much will this trade really help the Vikings. The Vikings next game is against the New York Jets on Monday night at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Moss will have had just four or five days to learn the Vikings system. Furthermore, the Jets will be sure to be bringing tons of pressure against Favre. Most importantly, the Jets are expected to have All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis back in action to go against Moss. The two of them have a history going up against each other, with Revis usually being the winner. If that's not the case, it will be CB Antonio Cromartie, who shut down Moss in the second half of the week two meeting between the Jets and Patriots.
With this tough match-up and not having time to learn the system, Moss could be largely ineffective and the Vikings could be looking at a 1-3 start, a very difficult hole to climb out of. Brett Favre will finally get to play with Moss, but it is likely not going to be a successful pairing in terms of team success.