Rapid reaction from the Patriots' trading receiver Randy Moss to the Vikings, which ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports is a done deal:
With compensation, there has to be more to the story. The Patriots will receive a 2011 third-round draft choice, according to Schefter. That is not the same type of haul the team received when trading Richard Seymour (2011 first-round pick), which leads one to believe that there is more to the story. It is not often that a team trades its top receiver four weeks into the season for “only” a third-round pick.
Locker-room chemistry and leadership question. After the Patriots’ season-opening win over the Bengals, video of Moss leading the locker-room “breakdown” appeared on the team’s website. It seemed to reflect that Moss, who was previously a team captain, was a locker-room leader. With this trade, one now wonders how accurate that perception truly was in all corners of the locker room.
Filling the void. With tight end Aaron Hernandez offering wide receiver-like versatility, the Patriots have had multiple-tight end groupings on the field 64.5 percent of the time this season. That is a significant shift from 2007 to 2009, when the Patriots were more of a “pure” three-receiver attack. While Brandon Tate and Wes Welker now fill the Nos. 1 and 2 spots on the depth chart, the shift to more multiple-tight end sets also is a key consideration when analyzing the Moss trade.
Patriots' draft board in 2011. The Patriots now have two selections in the first, second, third and fourth rounds of the 2011 draft. The additional first-rounder is from Oakland, the additional second-rounder from Carolina, the additional third-rounder from Minnesota and the additional fourth-rounder from Denver.
Halloween figures to be a special night. The Vikings visit the Patriots on Oct. 31, with Moss returning to face his former team. It has the potential to be a special night.