For years the Green Bay Packers have long been thought of as one of the class franchises of the National Football League. They play with pride, and off the field their players are expected to hold the legacy of what has made the Packers one of the more beloved franchises. That is why the recent talk of the Packers going out and making a big deal to try and get Raiders troubled wide out Randy Moss makes no sense. Moss, a problem child from college days till now, is no way a player that the Packers should attempt to acquire, despite his play-making ability.
The story broke in the Minneapolis Star Tribune Tuesday, stating that Packers GM Ted Thompson has a “keen interest” in Moss, and that he would be speaking on the chance to snag Moss at his monthly presentation to his bosses. The 30-year-old Moss would come to the Packers in a splash that would likely take some of the limelight off of quarterback Bret Favre, and put the shine back on Moss, who has been with the Raiders the past two seasons.
The story says that the Packers and Raiders have been speaking on the subject of Moss for over a month, and that Thompson has had direct discussions with Raiders owner Al Davis. Moss is scheduled to make $9.75 million in 2007 and $11.25 million in 2008. When the Raiders got Moss, he was supposed to make their passing game that of a major threat around the league, with his size and speed making life tough on opposing conrerbacks. Instead, in two seasons its been mostly whining and complaints from Moss, who basically gave up last season when the Raiders became the worst team in football.
So while Thompson and the Packers are lured by the thought of adding Moss and pairing him up with Bret Favre, they should really look at his track record, along with the fact that the interest in Moss is simply not there. If 10 other teams were in the mix, maybe that would make the move a little more understandable, but now, as the only team really taking a hard look at Moss, the Packers are backing themselves in a corner for at least a year, if not more, of a player that is not worth the trouble.