The Great Moss Debate

Is Randy Moss good? Oh, yeah. But how much is the best receiver in football worth? That is the question the Vikings will be asked repeatedly the next six months.

Is Randy Moss worth the kind of money he's asking for? While it may be difficult to justify $10 million a year, the numbers do bear out that Moss is as dominant a big-play threat as there is in the NFL today.

In three seasons, Moss has scored 43 touchdowns in 48 games and has 57 receptions of 20 yards or more -- amazingly, he has hauled in 19 catches of 20-plus yards in each of his first three seasons. Even more amazing is that he has 35 catches of 31 yards or more -- giving the Vikings a breakaway threat that nobody else in the league can match.

While Moss is known for scoring touchdowns, he is just as effective at moving the chains. Of his 77 receptions last year, more than three-fourths of them converted first downs to keep drives alive. And it should be no surprise that the home fans love Moss. In 24 career regular season games at the Metrodome, he has caught 27 touchdowns.

Dennis Green isn't the only one who notices these numbers. The rest of the NFL fears Moss like no other receiver in the league and, if the worst case scenario happens and Moss hits the free agent market, there is sure to be at least one team willing to pony up the money to keep him. Moving to a new system wouldn't be hard for Moss, since he's already played with five quarterbacks in Minnesota, so keeping Moss in the fold and happy remains a top priority, whether fans like his attitude or not. The numbers speak for themselves..

* As reported last week, the Vikings Children's Fund motorcyle ride from the Metrodome to Grand Casino Hinckley will take place Saturday. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at the Dome with the bikers leaving at 11 a.m. A throng of current and former Vikings will be participating in the rally, including VU's own Bob Lurtsema -- who is no stranger to sitting during a big event.

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