Trading for Moss doesn't add up

Upon further review, PackerReport.com's Todd Korth offers his take on why the Green Bay Packers should dismiss any thought of trading for Raiders' disgruntled wide receiver Randy Moss.

At first, the thought of Randy Moss catching passes from Brett Favre in 2007 seemed like a logical move waiting to happen for the Green Bay Packers. But upon further review, there is no doubt in this scribe's mind that the Packers should pass on this potential cancer to the team.

Moss was a good receiver once upon a time with the Minnesota Vikings. He was named to five Pro Bowls between his rookie season in 1998 and 2003. In the meantime, he burned the Packers' secondary plenty, but also wore out his welcome in Minnesota. When he was traded to the Oakland Raiders in 2005, the majority of Vikings fans were shoving him out the door with no regrets.

Moss's me-first attitude is well known. His ‘I'll play when I want to' ego well documented. He has been caught on film taking plays off on many occasions. When he's not happy, he pouts.

Latest example: Moss wants to be traded from the Raiders, who finished with the worst record in football last year. When new Raiders coach Lane Kiffin recently contacted Moss, the wide receiver was profane and not receptive to Kiffin's attempt to bring him back on board for 2007.

There's no doubt that Moss will be traded, but let's hope that the Packers pass on this guy. He's another "T.O." waiting to happen, and why should it be in Green Bay? Last year during the off-season, Cowboys fans thought that Terrell Owens would be the savior of that team. We all saw what happened as an over-the-hill Owens led the league in dropped passes and often whined to the media when things weren't going his way.

The Packers are much too young and have good, young talent at wide receiver. Moss would just slow the progress of younger receivers like Greg Jennings and Ruvell Martin. Plus, there is a good chance that Koren Robinson will be back with the Pack by the end of next September.

If I haven't given you enough reasons why trading for Moss doesn't make sense for Green Bay, here are five more:

1. He's not a ‘football guy.' General manager Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy are trying to fill the roster with football players. That's been their modus operandi since this time last year. Guys like A.J. Hawk, Nick Barnett, Ahman Green and Donald Driver. Brett Favre. They are all football players. Moss is not a true football player. He has a bunch of ability, though, that has declined, but certainly not the desired mentality.

2. Salary. If the Packers trade for Moss, they will have to inherit his salary, which is scheduled to be $9.75 million in 2007. He would instantly be the second-highest paid player on the team to Favre. That doesn't make sense for a receiver who hasn't been seen much on highlights since he had 111 catches for 1,632 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2003.

3. Age. Moss turns 30 next Tuesday. By receivers' standards, he is past his peak, which has been obvious in the last two seasons in Oakland. He had a total of 102 catches for 1,558 yards and 11 touchdowns as Oakland's so-called "go-to guy."

4. Draft pick. The Raiders are seeking a draft pick and possibly a veteran in exchange for Moss. The Packers are much better off using their picks on younger players with potential than a veteran who might show up, and might not, but will cost the team a ton of money.

5. The ‘Mooning.' Last but not least, do Packers fans really want to inherit a player who proudly displayed his backside to those at Lambeau Field in a playoff game a few years ago? I know, Moss was having some fun, but the joke is on Green Bay if he steps onto Lambeau Field again wearing the Green and Gold.


Todd Korth

Todd Korth is managing editor of PackerReport.com and Packer Report. E-mail him at packrepted@aol.com.


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