Randy Moss Traded To Minnesota Vikings: Instant Reaction

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2010

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 9:  Wide receiver Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings pretends to moon the crowd after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field on January 9, 2005 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings defeated the Packers 31-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Reports are saying that future Hall of Famer Randy Moss is being traded back to Minnesota from the New England Patriots for a  third-round draft pick.

Moss, who has been disgruntled all year, reportedly asked for a trade after the first game of the season because of business reasons.  If this trade goes through, he will get his wish and once again be a member for the Vikings, the team that drafted him.

In his seven seasons in Minnesota, Moss compiled an average of 82 receptions, 1,306 yards, and almost 13 touchdowns per season. This season, Moss is not having a great year.  Through four games so far this season, Moss has only 139 yards and three touchdowns.

The Patriots won all of their Super Bowls without a big-time receiver, but with Moss, they didn't successfully win a Super Bowl.  The Patriots were slowly working him out of the offense because of his press conference stunt at the beginning of the year, and have been pursuing a trade, and it's finally done.

For most teams, trading one of the greatest receivers in the NFL for a third-round pick would sound like a bonehead move, but with the Patriots' ability to turn an average player into a great player in their system, this is a good move for them.

For the Vikings, this is exactly what they have been looking for all year.  After failing to acquire Vincent Jackson from the Chargers, they were still missing that other big-time threat for Brett Favre. Having Randy Moss back in the purple uniform will give the Vikings the much needed boost on the offensive end they were looking for.

The Vikings are a team to watch now.

After a rocky start, going 1-2 so far and with Favre not having a passing performance over 250 yards this year, things are looking up for the Vikings.

Having two of arguably the most dominant players at their respective positions in Randy Moss and Adrian Peterson will really allow the play-action pass to once again work, which is key for a Brett Favre-run offense.

So all of you fantasy football buffs out there will be happy if Brett Favre is on your squad, as this might be just what he needs to get his season back together.  And those who have Randy Moss, the same thing goes for you: You might not want to sit him on your bench this week.

Everyone, mark your calendars for Halloween, as Randy Moss and the Vikings will be traveling to New England to face the Patriots.

James Evens is a Purdue student and Basketball/Football Featured Columnist for the Boilermakers, along with being a Writing Intern at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter.


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