League reacts to Moss trade

Here’s an assortment of NFL reaction to Wednesday’s trade that sent Randy Moss back to the Vikings:

Darrelle Revis: “He came out full force, early in the game (against the Jets in Week 2). In the second half, you could tell he was kind of like putting his foot on the brake. But everybody knows that’s Randy: Sometimes he plays 100 percent, sometimes he doesn’t. You can tell; you can see the effort, the body language. The truth comes out.”

Terrell Owens: ““I think it should be an eye-opener for a lot of guys around the league. I think it’s disappointing in a sense, but it could be a blessing for Randy. Randy has done a lot of things for that organization. He’s done a lot of things to propel (Tom) Brady to where he is. Trust me, I know Brady is a great quarterback, but if you look at the numbers he’s put up with Randy, they’re very, very impressive. And I think a lot of guys should look at this from a standpoint of it is a business. So you have to go out there and do whatever you can for your family and for yourself, because when it comes to management and owners, they don’t care about you. That right there showed that they feel you’re expendable. To me, it’s mind-boggling and it’s disappointing for Randy to be traded at this point, where he is in the season and his career, and not be able to have a big payday because Brady just had a payday, and a lot of the numbers that he’s put up is because of Randy.”

Julius Peppers: “I’m excited. I’m excited about him. I love Randy. I was watching him. I’m a fan of Randy’s, so it’s going to be exciting to have him back, playing against him, competing against him. That’s why you play. You want to play against the best, and, obviously, he’s the best, so it’s going to be a fun thing to play against him.”

Jim Schwartz: “I’m glad that some of these offenses there’s a rule that we can only play with one football because Minnesota’s going to be pretty tough with a couple of footballs on the field. You add a player like Randy Moss to Percy Harvin, get Sidney Rice back, and (Visanthe) Shiancoe, Adrian Peterson — there’s a lot of guys they can spread that football around to.  But we see that every week.  Chicago has good skill players.  Green Bay has very good skill players.  It’s a little bit of an arms race in the NFC North right now.”

Mark Sanchez: “It was weird, but cool for them.  That’s great.  It doesn’t mean much for (our) offense. We’re still going to play our game. We’ll sick (Darrelle) Revis on him again.”

Rex Ryan: “New England trading him for a draft pick instead of Moss playing for the whole year (made it interesting). I have a great deal of respect for Randy Moss. He is one of the premier vertical receivers in the game still. Here we go. I was kind of thinking, ‘I feel pretty good,’ and then all of a sudden, ‘Hey, Minnesota just traded for him. There goes sleeping well this week.’ Surely, he be won’t up to complete speed with everybody else, but my brother said he’s a smart guy. There’s no doubt he’ll be playing this week.”

LaDainian Tomlinson: “It’s good for us that he’s leaving our division, but it’s bad for us that we got to face him this week. It’s kind of a ‘Man, we wish this would have happened a week later,’ but at the same time we understand where the Vikings are and their situations and what they need to get accomplished. We got to be ready to play, and, obviously, we know Moss very well over here, and we got to make sure we’re ready to play.”

Jermichael Finley: “Moss is no concern here because we have the best receiving corps in the league. … It’s going to be all right. It’s not going to be tough at all. I think we’ll still take the NFC North. It’s just another player. … My first reaction was that they got a great player. Favre’s going to have somebody to go to consistently, even if he’s not even open. He’s going to lay it up there. Hopefully. That’s what I’d do.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Mike McCarthy: “As far as player acquisitions that go on during the course of the year, I’ve never taken questions on them in the past and won’t answer any today, because it’s really not in my focus.  Our focus is on getting better.”

Vontae Davis: “I’m going to miss it, but it’s a problem off my hands. That’s a person I don’t have to worry about in the division.”

Mike Smith: “He’s a good player. When you add a good player, you’ve probably helped your football team. I would have much rather seen him stay in the AFC, I can assure you of that.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Tony Gonzalez: “He immediately makes them better. That over-the-top threat, that’s rare. He’s one of a handful of receivers that command that type of attention. You can’t really leave him one-on-one over the top. If you do, he’ll burn you.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Mike Shanahan: “You know, to be honest with you, we are always trying to look at the situation and potentially upgrade the football team, so those discussions are ongoing relative not only to N.E., but to other teams, seeing what’s out there and what the so-called price may be. That’s part of the process. I don’t know how it changed the landscaping. I know they are talking about Brett wanting a receiver with a deep threat. Obviously, that’s going to help him any time you get a Randy Moss on your football team. Another big question is the price. How long is Randy going to play? Will he stay healthy?  A lot of people thinking contract’s relative to how long the contract may be — can he stay healthy? There are so many question marks that you really don’t know, but, obviously, they thought it was worth the decision, and we will find out in time.”

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