Ravens Officials Deny Moss Talks

The Baltimore Ravens are one of the teams most often mentioned when it comes to media-driven speculation on the Vikings trading away Randy Moss. While several trade scenarios have been forthcoming in Baltimore's print and broadcast media, the team isn't helping fuel the rumors.

Baltimore Ravens officials said they have not had any discussions with the Minnesota Vikings about the possibility of trading for receiver Randy Moss.

"I have not talked to the Minnesota Vikings about Randy Moss," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said.

Vikings owner Red McCombs reportedly has given the Vikings personnel office permission to trade Moss, although McCombs and other key Vikings officials have denied that. The Ravens have several coaches on their staff with Minnesota ties, including head coach Brian Billick, Moss' first offensive coordinator with the Vikings.

The Ravens, New York Jets and Oakland Raiders reportedly have interest in Moss. According to published reports, the Vikings want either two first-round draft picks or a first-round pick and a starter for Moss.

Newsome, however, is unlikely to part with any first-round pick.

Any team that acquires Moss would be responsible for the last four years of his contract, worth $36.5 million.

Former Vikings coach Dennis Green has a young and talented receiving corps in Arizona, but he is looking for someone to throw the ball to his hot prospects. Drew Brees and Jeff Garcia become unrestricted free agents and could serve as better-than-average stopgaps for a year or two. And don't rule out former Viking Brad Johnson, who was with Green in Minnesota and won a Super Bowl at Tampa Bay.

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