Minnesota Vikings: A Million Reasons To Trade For Randy Moss

Tony TuckerCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2010

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 9:  Wide receiver Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings catches a second half touchdown pass in front of cornerback Al Harris #31 of the Green Bay Packers during the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field January 9, 2005 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings defeated the Packers 31-17.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Vikings are in trouble after starting off the season 0-2. The main reason has been the lack of a passing attack.

What had previously been a strong suit last season has become an early season demise this year—mainly due to the fact that Sidney Rice is out with a hip injury and Percy Harvin has been slowed by his own ailments.

Many people, myself included, have written about the Vikings should trade for Vincent Jackson" target="_blank">Vikings trading for Vincent Jackson from the San Diego Chargers. But after losing to the Miami Dolphins at home, I have realized that the Vikings can't hold down the fort long enough to wait for Jackson to get back from suspension (if they make the trade), or wait for Rice to get back form injury.

Rumor also has it that the Vikings organization not only gave Brett Favre a raise to come back this season, but incentives based on his play to the speculated total of $20-million.

In my opnion, if you are willing to forge your entire season around a 40-year old QB, then you should be willing to do whatever it takes to improve your chances with 14-games left in the regular season.

I think most of us have heard the sound bits from New England Patriots WR Randy Moss expressing his unhappiness about not having a contract past this season.

If I were in the front office of the Vikings I would do what ever it took to bring Moss back to where he was originally drafted.


This coming Sunday is the Vikings first division match-up against the Detroit Lions before they get a bye week.  The "meat" of their schedule—and most likely the end of their season—follows soon after if they continue with this depleted WR core.

Some of you may be asking yourselves, "what makes this guy think the Patriots are willing to part with a player as talented as Moss?"

The Patriots are a smart organization and realize that if they aren't going to sign him, why not take as much as they can from a desperate team like the Vikings.

Also, the Patriots have showcased some new weapons in addition to Moss and Wes Welker—their main targets. Aaron Hernandez is listed as a TE, but has been split out in several packages and has WR ability.

Brandon Tate is another WR who is showing that he can play at a higher level—or at least in the Patriots system. To finish the Patriots' alternative options, if they traded Moss, is the last year success of Julian Edelman.

The Patriots are also aware that they won a Super Bowl with Deion Branch and Troy Brown which they have not done with Moss.

Finally, I know Moss has said that he won't mention his contract problems anymore. However, if things get heated in the end of a tough run for the AFC East crown, I have a feeling we will hear more about it, which is something Bill Belichick would rather do without.

If it takes a first round pick for next season from the Vikings, they still have to do it. Bottom line. Right now, they have no down field options, and I think we all know that won't stop Favre from chucking it up there anyways, leading to punt-like interceptions.

If they don't do anything at WR, I'm not sure they will make the playoffs anymore—especially if they have to go to a run heavy team and incorporate Toby Gerhart more.  The defense has played outstanding in two-games, allowing only 21 points. It deserves more help from the offense.

The Vikings need Moss and Moss needs to feel wanted. That sounds like a perfect combination to me. If you've already spent millions on your investment, why not enhance your investment by surrounding him with the necessary pieces to yield the biggest profit and a chance at the Super Bowl.


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