ProFootballTalk.com wrote:Nearly 15 years after the Minnesota Vikings mortgaged their future for a futile shot at the supposedly missing piece of the Super Bowl puzzle, running back Herschel Walker, the Vikes might be planning to do the opposite -- move one of the NFL's best players for a cache of players and/or draft picks.
The Miami Herald reported on Tuesday evening that the Minnesota Vikings have talked to at least two teams regarding a trade for receiver Randy Moss: the Dolphins and the Cardinals.
Per the Herald, the Vikings deny that Moss is being dangled. But V.P. of football operations Rob Brzezinski didn't rule it out.
"Nobody is not ever for sale at any price, but the price would be awfully high,'' he said. "It would take a lot to get the best player in the NFL.''
Askied if two first-round draft picks would trigger a deal, Brzezinksi responded by saying: "No, not even that."
Talks with the Dolphins reportedly addressed potential compensation for Moss, including Miami cornerback Sam Madison and defensive end Adewale Ogunleye.
Per the Herald, a source close to Moss said on Tuesday that he wouldn't mind being traded, but that his preference would be to shipped to the Jets, where he would be reunited with former Marshall quarterback Chad Pennington.
If a trade were to happen, the Vikings would be able to absorb the cap hit resulting from the unallocated bonus applicable to the five remaining years on Moss's 2001 contract extension. Our rough guess is that the cap hit would be in the neighborhood of $9 million, minus Moss's 2004 salary.
But the Vikings enter free agency more than $33 million under the cap, not counting tight end Jim Kleinsasser's new five-year deal.
As we see it, the Vikings might be inclined to part with Moss for a trio of Pro Bowl-caliber defenders (plus some draft picks) -- or for a realistic shot at nabbing the anti-Moss, Pitt receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald, a Minnesota native, was a ball boy with the team under coach Denny Green. Getting the highly popular golden boy back to Minneapolis could go a long way toward energizing the fan base -- and toward helping owner Red McCombs secure a new stadium.
Also, with Moss now 27 years of age, the opportunity to acquire a local player of potentially comparable talent who is seven years younger might be enough for the Vikings to make the move.
If the Vikings' goal is to nab Fitzgerald, the most realistic scenario would be for the Cardinals to swing a trade with the Chargers for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft -- and then for the Cards to send the No. 1 pick (and possibly a player or two) to Minnesota.
We'll be keeping a close eye on this one. Things of this nature tend to take on a life of their own, and Moss's desire for a change of scenery probably will grow as he has a chance to ponder the possibility of a new start elsewhere.
The real driving force here, however, could be the Vikings' as-yet unspoken desire to finagle Fitzgerald.
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Rotoworld reported that Mike Tice said none of his players are for sale. However, in another thread, KingGhidra made an interesting point...
KingGhidra wrote:Rotoworld.com wrote:
Vikings coach Mike Tice says Randy Moss, "is not for sale."
Tice later added that he'd consider a trade for Moss since it's hard to actually sell players.
So there you go.