The deal was important for several reasons. The Raiders believe they are on the right track in building a team with character and didn't want Moss around to spread his poison within a locker room that is getting younger and being infiltrated with solid football men that care about the game.
Lane Kiffin saw it when he came into the position and worked tirelessly to rid himself of the cancer. Having him around for a week would have been too long, because of his obvious influence.
Ironically, Moss will likely be a well-behaved man in Boston – playing for the Super Bowl favorites.
Getting a fourth-round pick for him was a steal – for Oakland, as much as it is for New England.