As the Jets prepare for next Monday night’s matchup against the Vikings, they might have to game plan for a new wrinkle in Minnesota’s offense. There’s a chance that Randy Moss will be in uniform for the Vikings.
Reports surfaced last night that the Patriots and Vikings are considering a trade of the 33-year-old receiver. Neither team confirmed the reports, but Jay Glazer of FoxSports reported that a deal is close.
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre had previously lobbied for the Packers to trade for Moss when Favre was in Green Bay. If the Vikings can pull off the trade, which is contingent on Moss signing an extension to his contract, it would return Moss to the team he played for from 1998-2004. Moss was the Vikings’ first-round pick in 1998, and was traded to the Raiders in 2005. He played just two seasons in Oakland before being dealt to the Patriots in 2007.
Moss expressed frustration in training camp that the Patriots had not extended his contract, but later said he wanted to finish his career in New England. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a big supporter of Moss, and may attempt to convince the team to retain him.
Moss has only nine catches for 139 yards and three touchdowns this season. He did not have a catch in Monday night’s 41-14 win over the Dolphins in Miami. In a 28-14 loss to the Jets in Week 2, Moss caught a 34-yard touchdown from Brady by beating cornerback Darrelle Revis. The Jets’ star suffered a hamstring injury on the play and hasn’t played since.
Revis is expected to play on Monday night. Now the question is whether he’ll be covering Moss again so soon.