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http://vikings.kfan.com/sports/nflguide/local/story.aspx?content_id=3DCAE69D-BF8A-495D-BAF5-9AC965C316F3


    Report: Vikings trade Moss to Oakland
    Last Update: 2/23/2005 3:30:58 PM

    KFAN dot com

    The Vikings have agreed to send star receiver Randy Moss to the Oakland Raiders, according to an Internet report published Wednesday.

    Though trades cannot be finalized until next Wednesday, Moss, a five-time Pro Bowler, will be dealt for the Raiders first-round pick (No. 7 overall) in this years draft, linebacker Napoleon Harris and an additional low-round draft pick, according to The St. Paul Pioneer Press.

    "Nothing is official until March 2," agent Dante DiTrapano told the Pioneer Press. "But don't be surprised if Randy Moss is wearing the Silver and Black this upcoming season."

    Moss is halfway through an eight-year, $75 million contract. The Raiders would assume Moss' $7.25 million base salary for next season, while the Vikings would save nearly $2 million against the cap, according to the paper.

    Vikings vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski told the FAN that "nothing (is) official as of yet." NFL rules prevent team officials from confirming a deal is done.


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    Agent: Vikings trade Moss to Raiders
    By SEAN JENSEN
    Pioneer Press

    The Vikings have agreed to trade Randy Moss to the Oakland Raiders for starting linebacker Napoleon Harris, the seventh overall pick in the upcoming draft and a 2005 late-round pick . Trades can be worked out although not announced until next month, and Moss' agent, Dante DiTrapano, told the Pioneer Press on Wednesday that the deal is done.

    "Nothing is official until March 2," DiTrapano said. "But dont be surprised if Randy Moss is wearing the Silver and Black this upcoming season."

    Vikings vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski would only say, "We've had some discussions with them (the Raiders), but there is nothing to announce."

    Despite repeated denials, the Vikings have been shopping Moss for months, and they found a willing suitor in Al Davis, a maverick owner who embraces controversial players.

    "In speaking with Moss, although he has a lot of ties to Minnesota and did not particularly want to be traded, hes very excited with the possibility of playing for Al Davis and being a part of the Raider tradition," DiTrapano said. "The Raiders have vowed to use Randys talents the way they should be used, and thats to throw the ball vertically down the field.

    "Randys desire to win a Super Bowl is enhanced with a move to a team like the Raiders, because the Minnesota Vikings seem to be in a constant rebuilding mode."

    The Vikings will wind up with the seventh overall pick for the third time in the last four years. In 2002, they drafted left tackle Bryant McKinnie, a starter. Two years ago, they had the seventh pick but a botched trade with Baltimore resulted in them picking two spots later. Still, they landed the player they coveted, defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who has emerged into a Pro Bowl player.

    The Vikings have the 18th pick in this years draft.

    With the departure of Moss, the Vikings' top receiver is third-year receiver Nate Burleson. But the Vikings are expected to bolster that group via the draft or free agency. With a weak free agent class headlined by Pittsburgh's Plaxico Burress, the Vikings options could increase with potential salary cap casualties such as Isaac Bruce, Muhsin Muhammad and Derrick Mason.

    The NFL Draft in April also offers two promising players, Michigan's Braylon Edwards and Southern Cal's Mike Williams.

    Harris was selected by the Raiders with the 23rd pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, and he has recorded 249 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and five passes defended over the past three seasons. He is 6-foot-2, 255 pounds, and he can play inside and outside.

    The Raiders will assume Moss $7.25 million base salary for next season while the Vikings realize a cap savings of nearly $2 million. Four seasons remain on Moss eight-year $75 million contract.

    Sean Jensen covers the Vikings and the NFL. He can be reached at sjensen@pioneerpress.com.


http://www.startribune.com/stories/503/5256783.html

    Moss to be traded to Oakland, agent confirms
    Mark Craig, Star Tribune
    February 24, 2005

    The Vikings and Oakland Raiders have agreed to a trade that will send Vikings receiver Randy Moss to the Raiders in exchange for the seventh overall pick in this year's draft, linebacker Napoleon Harris and a low-round draft pick this year, a person with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.

    "It's sort of a bittersweet moment for Randy," said his agent, Dante DiTrapano. "He had seven years in Minnesota, and he loved being a Viking. But, at the same time, this gives him a better chance to win a Super Bowl. The Oakland Raiders have vowed to use Randy like he has been used the past seven years, and that's throw the ball deep."

    NFL trades can't become official until March 2. Because of that, the Vikings aren't able to comment on Moss' status.

    "We've had discussions with the Raiders, but we have nothing to say about it," said Rob Brzezinski, Vikings vice president of football operations. "That's all we can say."

    Moss has been rumored to be on the trading block since the end of a injury-plagued and controversial-filled 2004 season. Brzezinski said the Vikings did not shop Moss, and that the Raiders contacted them recently to initiate trade talks.

    Mark Craig is at mcraig@startribune.com



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And to the Raiders of all teams...seems somehow appropriate...

Interesting move, as I read yesterday that they had just shelled out big money for Jerry Porter. That's going to be a lot of money for a team with so many weaknesses to have tied up in one position. If a Moss deal were in the cards, I would not have paid a dime to keep Porter as a #2.



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Moss is halfway through an eight-year, $75 million contract. The Raiders would assume Moss' $7.25 million base salary for next season, while the Vikings would save nearly $2 million against the cap, according to the paper.

I like how $5 million of dead money can be listed as a $2 million savings.



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Now even more reason to hate the Raiders.

But Porter & Moss make a great receiving duo. Question is, does Collins remain the starter & are the Raiders interested in getting another running back?

ESPN & Sportsline are picking up the story now.



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Didn't Fowler say he had no intention of trading Moss, or was he being less than honest about that?



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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
    Didn't Fowler say he had no intention of trading Moss, or was he being less than honest about that?


Maybe this wasn't his call... did he assume ownership yet? Because I do remember him saying that and calling Moss "a winner".

And if he was lying... SURELY you wouldn't insinuate that someone in power with a football team would assure people that they'd be around, then dump them.



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Fowler had no choice in the matter as he would not assume ownership of the team until the middle of March (and that's IF he can afford it, which is a somewhat dicey proposal at the moment), but it's hard to believe anything he says anyway considering how his resume is an amazing story of mythology.

I'm really disappointed by the news, as Moss was one of those guys who could flat out win games by himself if he wanted to, and while I'm sure Harris is a fine linebacker, the Vikings have yet to address their problems at Corner and Safety and have now left themselves a gaping hole at wide out.



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I think this is a new beginning for the Vikings. Marcus Robinson (a clear #1 before injuries came about) will be carrying this team now on the Wide Receiver end while it's looking like the Vikings are going to beef up their defense. The #7 pick puts them in the driver's seat as far as drafting a good CB or safety.

This is one of those trades that'll benefit both teams in the long run. If the Rich Gannon can get his MVP stride back, then watch out for the Raiders next season.




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    Originally posted by It's False
    I think this is a new beginning for the Vikings. Marcus Robinson (a clear #1 before injuries came about) will be carrying this team now on the Wide Receiver end


Look, I realize he was hurt much of last year, but from what I saw of Marcus Robinson, Nate Burleson is the best reciever on the team. The Vikings best hope is that somebody gets cut for salary and they can snatch them up.



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Burleson's nice...but he's a small, fast WR. If Minnesota can grab a big WR with that #7 pick (like Braylon or Mike Williams,) then this trade would work for both teams.



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What a spectacularly dumb move. Moss is ending up on a team with no sure quarterback, and no sure *anything*. The Vikings lose a weapon for a decent pick but the draft is a gamble and I haven't heard anything about Corners/Safeties that are supposed to go in the Top 10. And their linebacking corps is not where they needed another body.

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    Originally posted by Excalibur05
    Fowler had no choice in the matter as he would not assume ownership of the team until the middle of March (and that's IF he can afford it, which is a somewhat dicey proposal at the moment), but it's hard to believe anything he says anyway considering how his resume is an amazing story of mythology.

    I'm really disappointed by the news, as Moss was one of those guys who could flat out win games by himself if he wanted to, and while I'm sure Harris is a fine linebacker, the Vikings have yet to address their problems at Corner and Safety and have now left themselves a gaping hole at wide out.


Samari Rolle is available. One of the best corners in the league (when he's healthy).



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It's a move that needed to be made for both teams. In Minnesota they have the chance to move on from the Randy Moss sideshow and pick up one of the prime WR's in the draft.

While the Raiders get back some of that 'Just Win Baby', long ball, loud mouth, Raider image they've been lacking for years. Collins and Gannon wouldn't be my first choice to throw to Moss, but Moss will definatly elevate there game as well. Plus Jerry Porter in single coverage against the #2 DB, forget about it. Now all the Raiders need is a RB.

The only thing I don't get is why the Raiders Franchised Woodson who has clearly lost his game.





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They're hoping to trade Woodson.

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    Originally posted by Jaguar
    What a spectacularly dumb move. Moss is ending up on a team with no sure quarterback, and no sure *anything*. The Vikings lose a weapon for a decent pick but the draft is a gamble and I haven't heard anything about Corners/Safeties that are supposed to go in the Top 10.


Only one I've heard of is Pac-Man Jones from West Virginia. CB/PR, I believe... and what have we here, the greatest hair this side of Steve Lavin has him going at #7.



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