Moss Trade Becomes Official

While the Oakland Raiders would still like to restructure Randy Moss' contract to make it more cap-friendly in the short term, the trade between the Vikings and Raiders is official, the Vikings announced this evening.

The Oakland Raiders are left to deal with their salary-cap problems without the assistance of the Minnesota Vikings.

Oakland was reportedly hoping that the Vikings would be able to restructure the contract of wide receiver Randy Moss to make it more cap-friendly before officially announcing his trade to Oakland in exchange for linebacker Napolean Harris and the seventh overall pick and a seventh-round pick in this year's draft.

The Vikings announced Wednesday evening that the deal is official.

The Raiders reportedly will work on restructuring Moss' contract themselves, hoping to take some of his scheduled $7.25 million base salary for 2005 and turn it into a signing bonus that can be pro-rated throughout the remaining four years on his contract.

The Vikings will have lost their second-leading receiver in many career categories, including receptions (574), touchdowns (90), yardage (9,142) and 1,000-yard seasons (six).

Moss will wear jersey number 18 for the Raiders, commemorating his $18 million signing bonus from when he signed an eight-year extension with the Vikings four years ago.

Due largely to hamstring, back and ankle injuries, Moss had his worst season as a pro in 2004. He was limited to a decoy role in a couple games and inactive for three more, finishing the season with 49 catches for 767 yards and 13 touchdowns.

His season wasn't all bad, however. He caught a touchdown in 10 of the 11 games in which he played healthy and ranked third in the NFC with 13 receiving TDs, yet he was still left off the Pro Bowl team.

He moved into eighth place in NFL history with 90 career receiving touchdowns and a tie for 10th in NFL history with 53 combined touchdowns, matching Sonny Jurgensen and Charlie Taylor's career marks. Moss also holds the NFL record for most receiving yards (9,142) in a player's first seven seasons. Last year he also broke Cris Carter's team record with 41 career 100-yard games, good for ninth place in NFL history.

In 2003, Moss became the first player in NFL history to average 100 yards and one TD per game for 16 games.

In 109 regular-season games, he has 91 TDs, trailing only running back Marshall Faulk over that time span. He ends his Vikings career with 574 receptions for 9,142 yards — a 15.9-yard average — and 90 TDs.




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