Randy Moss Returns To Minnesota — Now What?
Before the ink even had time to dry on the Randy Moss trade, Brad Childress was asked about his ability to keep Favre and Moss from “free-lancing” on offense. His reply summed up the differing opinions on the gamble the Vikings took today.
“We’re already talking about mutiny?” answered Childress.
Despite Chilly’s objections, it’s a valid question. With reports surfacing once again that Favre and Chilly’s relationship is “becoming frostier” with each passing week, Childress is going to have his hands full managing his locker room.
The Vikings locker room is loaded with talent. With 4 potential Hall of Famers — Favre, Hutchinson, Peterson, Moss — on the offensive side of the ball, the only thing that stands in the way of this team piling up points is chemistry. If Childress can find a way to lead the offense to the endzone, this team could be dangerous. If not, this team could self-destruct by the end of October. As Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports wrote, a player in the locker room characterized the Moss trade as an all-in proposition.
“There’s no C grade on this one. It’ll either be an A or an F,” the player said.
Which brings me to my next question: What happens next? I realize Vikings’ fans are living in the glory of the moment — as they should — but what happens if the Vikings do not live up to expectations during the month of October? The team travels to New Jersey on Monday night to face one of the best teams in football. That game is followed by Dallas at home and then on the road against the Patriots and the Packers. That’s not an easy month, and the Vikings could realistically be looking at two or three losses.
Add the defeats to the core players looking for contract extensions and the Randy Moss deal doesn’t look so great anymore. After this season, the Vikings will have to make contractual decisions on Brett Favre, Tarvaris Jackson, Randy Moss, Sidney Rice, Ray Edwards, Brian Robison, Pat Williams, Chad Greenway, Ben Leber, Lito Sheppard, Husain Abdullah, and Ryan Longwell. Additionally, Adrian Peterson is looking for a new contract. With such a long laundry list to take care of at season’s end, it’s no wonder the team has thrown everything it has into this season.
The Vikings initially insisted that Randy Moss sign a contract extension before the team would agree to a trade, but backing off that requirement was probably a good move. Moss’ new deal probably wouldn’t have sat so well with the aforementioned players.
Football Outsiders’ Doug Farrar provided his own take on lack of a contract extension for Randy Moss.
“The lack of a contract extension has me thinking that Belichick dropped a huge ticking bomb in Brad Childress’ house and ran away quickly,” Farrar wrote on his Twitter account.
If nothing else, the NFC North just got a whole lot more interesting. Personally, I can’t wait to see what happens next.