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Postby Canacuna » Wed Mar 03, 2004 12:09 am

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.


Source: VIKES LOOKING TO PULL A REVERSE HERSCHEL?

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.
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Postby Free Bagel » Wed Mar 03, 2004 11:26 am

Wow, I'd love to see him in a dolphin uni...
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Postby Canadian Seahawk » Wed Mar 03, 2004 11:50 am

I wish I knew before hand so I could trade C-Pepp :-t
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Postby moochman » Wed Mar 03, 2004 12:46 pm

Today it's reported that the Phins are looking at trading Madison, Oguyleye, and Chambers plus draft picks. It doesn't specify the picks. This is starting to sound serious. Here's a link (I hope, as I am a computer moron)

http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/nfl/20040303-9999-1s3nunflnote.html

This would be a great trade for the Vikes, Chambers would excel in their offense and the D would get a big boost.
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Postby Lushcrush » Wed Mar 03, 2004 12:49 pm

Ricky runs ... Ricky runs again ... whoa Feely to Moss for the TD!!! Dolphins win - Dolphins win ... ;-D ;-D ;-D
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Postby M_Zimm_ffc » Wed Mar 03, 2004 1:33 pm

The only way I would consider liking Moss being gone is if we can work out a way where we get a top, young CB, I mean an elite CB, a top pass-rushing DE, Ogunleye is alright but I am worried about his production without Jason Taylor. Will it be the same? I also would want a Chambers like WR, a guy that has a lot of potential with a top QB like Daunte and a top first round pick so we have a chance to get Fitz. Seeing as how there is no way this is gonna happen I am not in favor of trading him and am just gonna continue to close my eyes and dream that none of this is going on.

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And there is no way I would consider a trade with the Cards, they don't have enough talent on that team to trade for Moss.
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Postby Free Bagel » Wed Mar 03, 2004 2:05 pm

Wow, as a dolphins fan that's alot to give up...

I was thinking Madison, Ogunleye, and a pick, leaving Moss, Chambers, and Ricky on offense, not so sure about giving up Chambers though.

So we're talking Madison, Ogunleye, and picks to upgrade from Chambers to Moss? Eh, I don't like it. It'd be one thing if we were adding Moss to Chambers, but just to upgrade?
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Postby M_Zimm_ffc » Wed Mar 03, 2004 9:24 pm

Free Bagel wrote:Wow, as a dolphins fan that's alot to give up...

I was thinking Madison, Ogunleye, and a pick, leaving Moss, Chambers, and Ricky on offense, not so sure about giving up Chambers though.

So we're talking Madison, Ogunleye, and picks to upgrade from Chambers to Moss? Eh, I don't like it. It'd be one thing if we were adding Moss to Chambers, but just to upgrade?
Well, it looks like both of us will be happy. Moss' agnet and Vikings official say that Moss will be a in a Vikes uni next year and will win a SB there

So there ya go. Thank GOD!
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Postby CC » Wed Mar 03, 2004 10:27 pm

Heh, the Vikings will win a SB next year. That one had me on the floor for a couple of minutes. Thanks for brightening up my day Zimm.
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Postby Purple_Pride » Wed Mar 03, 2004 10:47 pm

Canadian_Cheesehead wrote:Heh, the Vikings will win a SB next year. That one had me on the floor for a couple of minutes. Thanks for brightening up my day Zimm.


nono cheesehead. moss will be back next year. (period) He also plans on winning a super bowl in Minnesota in his career. that actually what was said. just miscommunication.
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