Randy Moss Trade: Don't Believe the Hype, Moss Isn't the Bad Guy Here

Elias TrejoSenior Analyst IIOctober 6, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 27: Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots reacts on the sideline after he caught his third touchdown pass of the day against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Randy Moss was recently traded to the Minnesota Vikings. He now returns to the team that started his career and leaves the team that helped save his career.

Reports are coming out that Moss had an "outburst" during halftime of the Patriots win over the Dolphins on Monday Night Football.

Moss has also been outspoken about his current situation with the team and his desire for a new contract. He has also gone as far as saying he feels unwanted.

The easy thing to do in this situation is do what the media and everyone else does to a wide receiver who wants the ball or wants to get paid. They like to turn that player into a villain and make the receiver look like the bad guy.

Guys like Moss, Chad Ochocinco, and Terrell Owens are vilified whenever they want to get paid or even have fun.

Ochcocinco and Owens appeared on a recent list that covered the most hated sports athletes, yet they haven't allegedly raped anyone, killed someone while driving drunk, or even had a DUI.

They come to work, they produce and they have fun and that makes them hated? Just because they are marketable guys and race against horses, have their own shows and are producing Hall of Fame numbers on the field? 


Well to all those out there that like to have fun at work and are one of the best in their professions, I hate you.

That makes no sense, that's like having "The Situation" from The Jersey Shore on Dancing With The Stars and actually thinking he is a star or a celebrity.

The NFL is a business and the players are the most important piece of the NFL.

Randy Moss deserves a lucrative contract extension, and he deserved it from the Patriots.

Since joining the Patriots all he has done is lead the league in touchdowns two out of the three years, but that probably wasn't being covered as much as Ochocinco's next celebration or what Owens said after a loss.

The year he didn't lead the league in touchdowns he was third and only one touchdown away from being tied for first. He's also currently in the top ten this year.

Sure the Patriots are famous for having a "team first" attitude and have traded or released other veterans before, but none of those will have a bigger impact on the field than Moss.

Wes Welker never had big numbers until he played with Moss. Moss created opportunities for other players and the quarterback. Playing with a big time receiver makes other receivers better. Look at TJ Houshmanzadeh, how are his numbers since leaving Ochocinco?

Sure the Patriots didn't need him to win a title before and they didn't win one with him, but that's not the argument.

Moss shouldn't be vilified for wanting to be paid like one of the best receivers in the league, because he is one. In your profession, whether you are the best salesman, lawyer or burger flipper, you are entitled to get paid like the best.

The NFL is a business first and a game second, so those who like to say shut up and play football, think about your job and ask yourself, "Would I like to get paid more?"

If you would like a raise or want the security of knowing you are going to stay in one place for a long time so you don't have to move your family around, then "Shut up and watch football."

That is what this situation is. Moss has been nothing more than a great employee who has produced some of the best numbers in his profession. So excuse him for wanting to be compensated like the best.

Also, why didn't Tom Brady step up and defend his best receiver? In the meantime, Vikings fans "Get your popcorn ready!"

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