There’s quite a bit to dissect and evaluate regarding the Randy Moss deal — which is now official — so let’s start by taking a look at what’s being said and written about in New England.
The Boston Herald’s Ron Borges compares the trade to last year’s dealing of Richard Seymour, suggesting that dealing Moss without an adequate replacement opens up the Patriots to the reality they won’t be able to replace him.
Ian Rapoport suggests it has been evident the Patriots have been preparing to move on from Moss based on their offense, which has most often utilized two tight end sets featuring Aaron Hernandez.
Tom Curran of Comcast Sports says this trade was all about the rate on return of Moss, and not about his impact on the field or his attitude off of it. Curran filed a second piece looking at the three key factors in the deal.
Gary Tanguay believes the Patriots played the situation right, and notes that Moss was not happy behind the scenes, leading to a “get-together” with Bill Belichick on Tuesday.
Tony Massarotti of The Boston Globe writes there are no illusions about who the Patriots are right now, and while they will be hurt in the short-term, the simple truth is that the Patriots don’t need Moss like they used to.
There’s a lot to digest here for Patriots Nation. Belichick spoke highly of Moss from Day One, but ultimately decided the Patriots could win without him on the field with an evolving offense (that relied less on Moss) while building for the future. My two cents … this is about “straight cash money, homey.” Moss wanted to stay in New England, but the Patriots had no intention of re-signing him. That left Moss to feel unloved, which is volatile when he’s not a focal point.
— Frank Tadych