The New England Patriots have once again made a solid deal, this time making a deal with the Oakland Raiders to acquire wide out Randy Moss for a 4th round draft choice in this years NFL Draft. Moss became an afterthought for the Raiders after the team got first pick QB JaMarcus Russell, then later in the day made a deal with the Lions for wide reciever Mike Williams. It gives Williams a shot to revive a career that has been pretty much lackluster for the Lions.
Moss should be able to get his career, which has been pretty much at a standstill back up to speed with the Pats and quarterback Tom Brady. It did not seem like the Raiders were all that upset at getting rid of him. “We felt this was the best scenario for both the Raiders and Randy,” Oakland coach Lane Kiffin said. “We wish him nothing but the best.” The Pats have already added a couple of wide outs this offseason, including Donte’ Stallworth, Kelly Washington, and Wes Walker. With Moss, they could even run some solid 4-wideout sets this season.
Moss has made five Pro Bowls in seven years, and had 102 catches for 1,558 yards and 11 TD’s with Oakland. The trade also is somewhat of a shock considering that the Raiders were long considered to be moving Moss to the Green Bay Packers, a team that Moss mockingly mooned a few years ago in a playoff game when he was still with the Vikings.
So the good get better with Moss in New England. He will only add even more talent to a wide out core that even without him would have been pretty good. It may only be late April, but there is no doubt that the Pats are now the clear cut team to beat in the AFC.