Vikings Get Randy Moss in Trade

Randy-MossRandy Moss is back where it all began. The Minnesota Vikings completed an important trade on Wednesday in a bid to improve their chances of winning the Super Bowl, getting back wide receiver Moss from the New England Patriots in exchange for 2011 third-round draft pick.

A source with knowledge of the deal said Moss could play for Minnesota as early as Monday, when the Vikings travel to New York to face the Jets. A contract extension for Moss was reportedly not part of the deal. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection was on the last year of his three-year contract with the Patriots, who acquired him from the Oakland Raiders in 2007. New England’s failure to offer a contract extension was reportedly the reason why the 33-year-old 2000 Pro Bowl MVP demanded a trade.

Moss gives the Vikings a steady hand at the receiving end of quarterback Brett Favre’s passes. Minnesota has sorely lacked a receiving threat in its first three games of the season due to the absence of Pro Bowl receiver Sidney Rice, who is still recovering from a hip injury.

Moss was drafted by the Vikings as the 21st overall pick in 1998, and went on to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award that same year by setting a rookie record of 17 touchdown receptions in a single season. He played for the Vikings for seven years before being traded to the Raiders in 2005.