February 23, 2005

Moss to be traded to Oakland: "The Vikings and Oakland Raiders have agreed to a trade that will send Vikings receiver Randy Moss to the Raiders in exchange for the seventh overall pick in this year's draft, linebacker Napoleon Harris and a low-round draft pick this year, a person with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday."

posted by emoeby to football at 04:31 PM - 16 comments

Other sources say cornerback Philip Buchanon, but who knows, it can't be announced until March 2nd.

posted by emoeby at 04:35 PM on February 23, 2005

If Moss leaves and Chancellor Palpatine actually ceases to own the team, it might become possible to like the Vikings again.

posted by cobra! at 04:38 PM on February 23, 2005

I applaud the Vikes for having the guts to part with Moss...they weren't making it too far with him. Their offense, however, really seemed to bog down to almost nothing when he was out, or on the field and hobbling. Culpepper was dangerous because Moss was feared. What will Minnesota do with the Raiders pick?

posted by dyams at 06:58 PM on February 23, 2005

Wonder how Jerry Porter feels about this development -- what, a whole day after re-signing. He must have been informed and felt it would open him up to single coverage to play with Randy. But for sure, Ronald Curry cannot be happy -- this will definitely limit his touches.

posted by bluesdog at 08:30 PM on February 23, 2005

I have said this already can Moss pull a TO. Look at TO now we praise the almighty when we mention his name he took the striving Phily and made them true contenders to a PAT title. Remember old TO, remember the 'run sets for me' TO, who kicked gatorade buckets, cursed out coaches and teammates no we don't we just remember how good he played witht he Eagles well i'd like to Moss do the same. GROW UP RANDY show us something different a be a WR not WM (wide mouth) shut your trap catch balls and help be a leader not a kid that just gets in the way. hopefully some westcoast sunshine my break is cold heart and turn him into a football player not a Pop Warner whiner who needs a smack on the bum from Dad. ...Don't make me take my belt off.....

posted by bballcoachreid at 09:16 PM on February 23, 2005

I don't know about this trade, the local papers said the Porter contract killed interest on the part of the Raiders. Plus, between Porter's deal, franchising Woodson and other existing contracts the Raiders are way over the cap, Napolean Harris or Buchanon doesn't come close to opening enough room to take on Moss $7 large.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:56 PM on February 23, 2005

One problem with Moss pulling a TO. TO got a huge upgrade in running game and QB. Moss is going in quite the other direction in both regards.

posted by pivo at 09:57 PM on February 23, 2005

I really didnt think that the vikings would pull a trade until the sale of the team was made final.. The timing of this trade aint right!

posted by daddisamm at 11:43 PM on February 23, 2005

I think pulling a T.O. means balking at the trade until it is made the way he wants it like T.O. did when traded to Baltimore last year.

posted by geekyguy at 12:04 AM on February 24, 2005

Randy Moss a Raider? If anyone is, he is. It was simply meant to be. There's such balance in nature.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:02 AM on February 24, 2005

I don't see how this helps the Vikings at all. Regardless of his antics, Moss is an amazing offensive threat. What chance does the Vikings offense have without him?

posted by bperk at 08:54 AM on February 24, 2005

bperk, they still have an all-pro QB, a up-and-coming WR in Burelson, and a steady run-game. It's clear that Moss is a talent and a force on the field, but even Culepper was talking about the distractions he causes. I think if they use this trade to re-focus on the run-game (as Tice has been saying) and find some defense (any defense), it could prove to be addition by subtraction. Weedy, the tendency is to say Moss fits perfect with the Raiders. They obviously like the castaways and the wide-open offense. But most of the malcontents and eccentrics that they have collected over the years have been gamers. Al Davis likes the flamboyant guys, but in the past they have all been hard-working, rah-rah, football players, who would leave it all on the field. That's not exactly Randy's M.O.

posted by 86 at 09:06 AM on February 24, 2005

What chance does the Vikings offense have without him? I hear that they are likely going to draft Braylon Edwards. On top of all of their other weapons, they should be just fine.

posted by mayerkyl at 11:06 AM on February 24, 2005

As a Vikings fan, I've got mixed feelings about the trade. He's so talented that I hate to see them lose him, but I felt like he was dogging it a lot toward the end of the season, even after his leg injruy should've been healed. (I don't care about his antics if he plays well.) The fact that they got a linebacker (plus two picks) in the trade seems to indicate that they'll be working on improving the defense.

posted by kirkaracha at 11:37 AM on February 24, 2005

Randy Moss is your Vince Carter. A unber-talented admitted pooch screwer. Unfortunately, like Vince, there simply is no replacing him.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 01:14 PM on February 24, 2005

The castoffs strategy worked in the '70s and '80s for the Raiders but lately seems like Al Davis sticking with it past the sell by date in a very different era.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:09 PM on February 24, 2005

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