On Monday night against the New York Jets, former New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss is hoping he'll be catching touchdown passes from Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.
In a move that surprised most, Moss was traded earlier this week by New England along with a seventh-round draft choice in 2012 and sent to Minnesota in exchange for a third-round draft choice in the 2011 draft.
After months of speculation and rumors that Moss was unhappy and seeking a new contract, the Patriots made a bold move.
Head coach Bill Belichick decided to trade the future Hall of Fame wide receiver before the end of the season in order to receive compensation. Moss was due to hit the free-agent market should a contract not be reached by the end of the 2010 season.
There had been tons of speculation that Moss was unhappy with how often he was being thrown to and that New England had yet to offer him to a new long-term contract—one that appeared the New England Patriots weren't going to give him.
Moss, already a superstar before coming to New England, was brought in like many other players in the past (a la Corey Dillon) to be plugged into the New England system and do his job.
Loved by some, hated by others, Moss by all accounts was very well liked and well respected by his teammates. However, Moss was often criticized by fans, media and sometimes opposing players for not giving it his all when the play did not involve him.
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was quoted as saying: "In the second half, you could tell he was putting his foot on the brake. I mean, everybody knows that's Randy. Sometimes he plays 100 percent, sometimes he doesn't."
When it comes to the New England Patriots, it's often said that the sum of the team is greater than it's individual parts. What does that mean? In short, that no one player is greater than the entire team.
The New England Patriots front office and Bill Belichick have done a great job over the years managing their cap room by plugging players in just like moving parts. When players gain to seek contracts perceived by the organization as being compensation above the value the organization places on the player, more often than not, players are allowed to go to free agency, traded, or waived.
Future Hall of Famer Randy Moss is no exception. You'll see a few examples of players that have moved on in similar situations—however, none with the talent of Moss.