Larry Fitzgerald to the Patriots. Say Whaaaaat?????
Moss being traded could lead to one of the biggest trades not only of the season but possible the decade. The question is not "will the Cardinals let go of their best offensive player?" The question is "will the Patriots struggle without a big play receiver?" Trust me, the Patriots have the draft picks (two in each of the first 4 rounds) to make this trade work.
I Know What You're Thinking
I know what you are saying "This guy is crazy". Well you could say the same about Bill Belichick when he went for it on 4th and 2, or when he traded a Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch, or even this week when he traded away possibly the second greatest wide receiver. So please, hold off for a second.
What the Patriots Have Now
The Patriots have three players with more than 10 receptions this season, excluding Moss. Tom Brady has thrown 9 touchdown passes this season, with three going to Moss. These stats are not that impressive but the only thing that Bill Belichick would look at is a 3-1 record as second in AFC East. Thanks to special teams and a young enthusiastic defense, the Patriots are winning. But much of the responsibility for the offense will be put on the two rookie tight ends who have together caught 24 passes, tallied 302 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns and 13 rushing yards. Aaron Hernandez, the reigning John Mackey Award winner (the nations best collegiate tight end) seems to be replacing Kevin Faulk, Tom Brady's security blanket on 3rd down. In fact, nobody caught more passes on 3rd down than Kevin Faulk in the entire decade.
And then there are the twins. Im referring to Wes Welker and Julian Edelman. They have combined for 30 passes, 231 yards receiving, and 3 touchdowns. Moss had 9 catches, for 139 yards and 3 touchdowns. It's going to be a mini-nightmare if the Patriots decide not to trade for another wide out by the time week six rolls around.
What the Patriots Lost
Randy Moss has 50 touchdowns since he came to the Patriots in 2007. That is 32 more than the next Patriot receiver in that same time period. Brandon Tate might not be the guy simply because he only has 11 receptions and no touchdowns. He's also only 6'1" which is not short by any means, but Randy Moss was 6'4" and was one of the best receiver to have a jump ball contest.
Another aspect to look at is the two touchdowns Tate has returned. Would you rather him give you good field position or try and by that big play receiver. To be honest, there is much to be desired as a return man. While each spectacular returner is good for about 2 years, I would get those 2 years out of the way and relegate him to part time receiver.
Why It Is Logical
The Arizona offense has done little while only scoring 58 points in 4 games(14.5 a game) and averaging 251 yards(ranked 31st) a game. Some of the blame can be put on their defense but still their offense is anemic without Warner and Boldin. So far, in 4 games this season, he has started 3, has only caught 19 passes, has 208 yards, and only 2 touchdowns. I'm pretty sure this will be the first time in three years he does not get invited to Hawaii. When you cannot get the ball to him at least 6 times a game you will not will football games. And since he is almost a nonfactor in the Arizona Cardinal offense, why not deal him for a first and third (the first rounder being the Raiders).
Russ Grimm could finally put together a decent running game with Bennie Wells, and Tim Hightower behind Hall of Famer Alan Faneca. And maybe even use a draft pick on a good offensive lineman, or who knows, a good quarterback and draft him.
Fitzgerald would fit the Patriots perfectly. As one of the few non Pre-Madona wide outs in the league. He can run everything from a two yard hitch, to a seam up the middle, The former route could not be run by Moss and I'm pretty sure he wouldn't do the latter as he would not go up the middle.