The Patriots continued their offseason frenzy on draft weekend by trading for talented but controversial wide receiver Randy Moss. The disgruntled receiver wanted out of Oakland and got his wish when the Raiders shipped Moss off to New England for a fourth-round draft pick.
Moss had to rework his contract in order to become a Patriot, but according to him, it was worth it.
"I'm still overwhelmed and, at the same time, kind of star-struck that I am part of this New England Patriots organization," Moss said shortly after becoming a Patriot. "I think over the course of my career, I've made a lot of money, and I still have money in the bank, so by me coming to an organization like the New England Patriots, why would money be a factor? I know I have to get paid something, but to have the numbers that I was going to receive, I knew something had to be done with my contract, and I didn't have a problem with it."
Rumored to be in the works as far back as a couple of months ago, the trade that sent Moss from the Oakland Raiders to New England was, after a whirlwind courtship, finally consummated at the beginning of Day 2 of the 2007 NFL Draft.
During his post-draft press conference with reporters, head coach Bill Belichick revealed that over 90 percent of the talks with Oakland and Moss' representatives took place on the night of April 28, the day before the trade was completed. According to Belichick, it was the first time he had ever had a direct conversation with Moss.
"Really, I was overwhelmed because I didn't expect to hear from coach Belichick," Moss continued. "Once we talked and things worked themselves out, I was very overwhelmed. I'm still in shock at the same time and I can't believe I'm a Patriot."
The 30-year-old wide receiver is clearly happy again after two disappointing seasons in Oakland. Moss caught a career-low 42 receptions last year with the Raiders, but after reportedly running a 4.29 40-yard dash for the Patriots, Moss had a message for everyone.
"Let's put it this way — the Moss of old is back. We'll leave it at that."
Belichick used words like explosive and dynamic to describe his new receiver.
"I think he's a very competitive player, very experienced, is a winner, and I'm glad he's on this team," Belichick concluded.
From a business standpoint, the Patriots front office got a steal in Moss. For the price of a fourth-round pick (No. 110 overall, which they received in a trade with the 49ers on Saturday), the Pats acquired one of the most dynamic receivers in NFL history.
"What I have done in my nine-year career was just a glimpse of what I can do," Moss said. "The people that talk about me, as far as my work ethic and my competitive nature and me going out there and playing football, the best thing I can say to you, male or female, all you have to do is line up against me and see what happens."
Extremely gifted athletically, but often troubled off the field, Moss slipped to the 21st overall pick in the 1998 draft, where he was taken by Minnesota. After several turbulent years there, he was traded to Oakland in 2005.
Moss never really fit in with the Raiders and is now excited about the opportunity to play for a legitimate Super Bowl contender. He says the combination of Belichick and two-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady are exactly what he needs at this point in his career.
"I've always been a big fan of Tom Brady's," Moss admitted. "I talked to Tom Brady today, just to jump some things off and just let him know how excited I am to play with him and also the other players on this team.
"I think that coach is going to give me his best as far as getting me prepared weekly and motivate me. I think that he is the kind of coach that can motivate me, and not just me, but the team, to go out there and win. I mean he has a proven track record, so why not be happy? Why not be excited to come and play for this organization?"
It's safe to say that both the Patriots organization and its fans are as excited to have Moss as he is to be in New England.
Moss ‘Overwhelmed' to be a Patriot
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