Last night, our pall Todd Wright of Sporting News Radio asked me to peg the compensation that the Vikings would send to the Patriots for receiver Randy Moss.
I flat-out guessed that the Vikings wouldn’t be giving up much more than a third- or fourth-round pick.
As it turns out, this blind squirrel is having his eggs with a side of grilled acorn this morning. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that, when a trade happens, the Patriots will get a third-round pick from the Vikings.
When the Vikings traded Moss to the Raiders in 2005, they received linebacker Napoleon Harris (a failed former first-round pick), a first-round pick (which became failed receiver Troy Williamson), and a seventh-rounder. Two years later, the Raiders sent Moss to New England for a fourth-round selection.
Following a record-setting 2007 season, Moss actually became an unrestricted free agent. After a couple of days on the market, the Eagles made a run at Moss. He reportedly took less money to re-sign with the Patriots for $27 million over three years.
So Moss gets a third-round pick for the Patriots, and the Chargers wanted two second-round picks for Vincent Jackson? A hundred times out of a hundred, Moss is the better choice.