Moss to be traded to Raiders, off Ravens' radar

OWINGS MILLS -- Randy Moss won't emerge as the Baltimore Ravens' problem child or passing-game savior.<br><br> The controversial Minnesota Vikings wide receiver will instead join the Oakland Raiders via trade, according to a published report.

The Vikings will trade Moss to the Raiders for linebacker Napoleon Harris, the seventh pick in the NFL draft and a 2005 late-round pick, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

Trades can't be officially consummated until March 2, the start of the free agent signing period.

"Nothing is official until March 2," Moss' agent, Dante DiTrapano, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "But don't be surprised if Randy Moss is wearing the Silver and Black this upcoming season."

What this means for the Ravens is that they will explore the free agent market for wideouts, including Tennessee's Derrick Mason, Cincinnati's T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Pittsburgh's Plaxico Burress and Carolina's Muhsin Muhammad, a potential salary-cap casualty.

Washington's Laveranues Coles is another possibility if he's released after expressing displeasure with Joe Gibbs' offense.

"In speaking with Moss, although he has a lot of ties to Minnesota and did not particularly want to be traded, he's very excited with the possibility of playing for Al Davis and being a part of the Raider tradition," DiTrapano told the Pioneer Press. "The Raiders have vowed to use Randy's talents the way they should be used, and that's to throw the ball vertically down the field.

"Randy's desire to win a Super Bowl is enhanced with a move to a team like the Raiders, because the Minnesota Vikings seem to be in a constant rebuilding mode."

As well as a being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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