Players React To Moss Trade
Green Bay Packers players refused to play the "what if" game in the wake of two big trades in the NFL that involved the Packers in an indirect way.
After the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday dealt for Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch, who was on the wish list of some notable Packers, the NFC North rival Minnesota Vikings reacquired wide receiver Randy Moss from the New England Patriots on Wednesday.
"Randy just adds another superstar to the mix (in the division)," Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "He's a guy who's played at a Hall of Fame level for the majority of his career. Minnesota obviously wanted him, and they got the player they wanted."
While the Moss trade to the Vikings was the attention grabber throughout the league, more talk in Green Bay centered on the Packers not landing Lynch after the team had shown interest in the Pro Bowl player after losing featured back Ryan Grant to a season-ending ankle injury in Week 1.
Rodgers uttered "bring it on" about the possibility of adding Lynch to the team a few days before his onetime college teammate at Cal came to play the Packers with the Bills in Week 2.
"Any time you can add a guy like that to the mix, that's why I said 'bring it on' at the time because you can never have too many players, I don't think," Rodgers said Wednesday.
In turn, though, Rodgers said more than once that "I like our guys" and "I think we can win with them" in a show of support for Grant's replacements -- Brandon Jackson and converted fullback John Kuhn.
Veteran cornerback Charles Woodson was more outspoken about the matter, telling Jim Rome on his nationally syndicated radio talk show Wednesday that he felt, "It would be a logical thing for us to do to get another big-time back like Marshawn Lynch, and it didn't pan out."
Wide receiver Donald Driver, the Packers' longest-tenured player, took the high road about general manager Ted Thompson's standing pat and not dealing for Lynch. The non-move smacked of what happened in the 2007 offseason, when Thompson didn't pull the trigger on a potential trade for Moss from the Oakland Raiders, much to the chagrin of then-quarterback Brett Favre.
"You have to trust the guys that are behind Ryan Grant," Driver said. "You have to trust that they'll be able to fill his shoes. Once we know they can't fill his shoes, then you go out and get somebody else.
"Brandon Jackson's our man. Until they make a switch, until that happens, you live and die by it."
Peppers Excited To Play Moss
The news that Pro Bowl wide receiver Randy Moss is coming back to the Vikings after a trade with the Patriots didn't bother Bears defensive end Julius Peppers, even though it should strengthen the NFC North foe.
"I'm excited," Peppers said. "I'm a fan of Randy's. It's going to be exciting to have him back playing against him and competing against him. You want to play against the best, and obviously he's the best."
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