An overwhelming number of NFL experts continue scratching their heads over the blockbuster trade of Randy Moss to the Vikings.
Maybe they should put a purple and yellow “thinking cap” on to keep from scratching.
The only loser in the Moss trade is ESPN and Monday Night Football, who didn't schedule the Vikings vs. Patriots game on October 31.
There are several reasons why the trade makes sense:
The Patriots win with schemes, plans, and coaching. Bill Belichick could no longer coach Moss, and the Patriots will continue to win without Moss.
The Patriots would not have traded Moss if they didn’t think they could stretch the field. Belichick has used cornerbacks to stretch the field in the past, and he will do whatever it takes to do the same now that Moss is gone. Besides, there is a tremendous wide receiver in San Diego they can use some of their draft picks to acquire.
Signing Moss to a long-term deal may not be the big investment many experts think it is. For one, Moss is still one of the top WRs in the game. Secondly, next year is looking like a wash anyway with labor negotiations. We have now entered a new economy in a new world—a world where owners will dictate what they want in the labor contracts. A labor model used by the NHL exemplifies this.
The labor union may be playing hardball now, but they will soon understand that the owners will win this battle. The NFL is a major player in the American economy and has its own network. Unlike the pre-2000 years, there is no potential for competition. The NFL is a beast and knows it, so they will do whatever it takes to get the labor deal it desires.
By the time anyone has to worry about year two, three, or four in Randy’s contract, the owners will be able to restructure contracts at will and across the board.
Out of all the NFL teams, the Vikings are the hungriest to win—today.
Some can argue that the Jets are hungrier. After all, like the Vikings, they once took a chance on Favre not to build a team, but to win the Super Bowl.
Unlike the Vikings, the Jets will always find the support they need in New York—they will always have a nice home paid for. The Vikings are hanging by an icicle in Minnesota, and by the time the NFL owners and labor union come to an agreement, the purple and yellow will have a new address in Los Angeles across from the Staples Center unless the Vikings can gather enough support to build a new stadium this year.
Moss will electrify the Twin Cities during a time when the Vikings need all the support they can get for that new stadium. A Super Bowl is the only thing that will keep the Vikings in the Twin Cities. The presence of Randy Moss will bring back Super Bowl dreams to a city that just barely missed out last year and continues to be slammed by tough economic times.
Moss is a ray of sunshine on a sub-zero Minneapolis day—not the savior, but the hope.
Is it worth signing one of the best wide receivers in the game to a four-year, $40 million contract to keep the Vikings in Minneapolis?
The Vikings are fighting for survival, history, and tradition. Like most of us, they are fighting to keep their home.