Trade! Randy Moss to The Vikings: What This Means For the Vikings

Caleb FishContributor IOctober 6, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 16:  Wide receiver Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings walks away after congratulating Todd Pinkston #87 of the Philadelphia Eagles in his team's victory in an NFC divisional playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 16, 2005 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Vikings 27-14 to advance to the NFC championship game against the Atlanta Falcons. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Randy Moss of the New England Patriots has been traded to the Minnesota Vikings. He was traded to the Vikings for 3rd round pick in 2011. This move to the Vikings was a much needed one for the team. This is the Vikings stats at receiving so far this year.


Receiving Statistics
Adrian Peterson 13856.5170
Percy Harvin 121068.8241
Visanthe Shiancoe 1116915.4331
Greg Lewis 55611.2140
Bernard Berrian 5387.6200
Greg Camarillo 44812.0290
Jimmy Kleinsasser 44310.8200
Jeff Dugan 2189.0100
Albert Young 2115.5130
Hank Baskett 11818.0180
Toby Gerhart 155.050

The leading receiver on the team is the running back Adrian Peterson, and the second is Percy Harvin, who has been hurt all year. Other than that, the Vikings don't have a big time wide out to help Brett Favre in the passing game.

The Vikings tried to trade for Vincent Jackson in early September, but the Chargers were not willing to take a deal that was less than two 2nd round picks, and a later pick. This meant the Vikings would have to give those picks up but they were not willing to do that. Jackson also wouldn't be able to play right away due to a 6 game suspension for a DUI and not signing a tender with the team. This breakdown of the deal left the Vikings with no where to go to get a big time wide out. The Vikings decided to sign free agent wide out Hank Baskett, but in his first game with the team Baskett dropped a touchdown pass. The Vikings needed someone else to fill wide receiver Sidney Rice's position. If you didn't already know, Sidney Rice had hip surgery during training camp and was put on the Physically Unable to Perform List (PUP), and is unable to play for the first six games of the season. The problem with that is that the Vikings don't know if Rice will even return this season, and that would leave them hopeless.

The Vikings need to go out and get another weapon for Favre before the end of the bye week. They decided that Randy Moss was the answer. Moss had 9 receptions for 139 yards and 3 touchdowns with the New England Patriots so far this season. In the Monday Night Football win over the Miami Dolphins,(41-14) Moss didn't have one reception. This was just another moment for Moss to complain, but he didn't, unlike at the beginning of the season, when Moss talked to the press telling them he felt he wasn't wanted and that the Patriots don't "pay" for their players.

The Vikings lockeroom was ecstatic when they heard the news that Moss would be joining the team. They didn't feel angry at the fact that Moss would be getting paid a new deal and some players on the team didn't have new deals set in place. This move to the Vikings should boost the Vikings offense which is 30th in points per game (14.3), 16th in yards per game (328.3), and 24th in passing yards per game (185.0). The team only has 2 passing touchdowns this year, and doesn't seem to have chemistry yet due to injuries, and Brett Favre missing training camp.

I feel that this will help to Vikings instead of hurting them and I think the Vikings with end up with a record of 10-6, still making the playoffs, and having a chance to win the Super Bowl.   What do you think of the trade of Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings?



                                                Thanks for reading, Caleb J. Fish