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A Prelude To Greatness??
By Tony McClean
Updated: April 29, 2007
EDITOR’S NOTE: No one can predict perfection, however it seems that BASN had an idea that the Patriots would be a decent team in 2007. Way back in April (right after the NFL Draft), BASN felt the acquisition of All-Pro WR Randy Moss could possibly put New England in the Super Bowl. Not to pat ourselves on the back, but with the team just two wins away from a perfect season, that prediction in April is looking more interesting every day.
NEW YORK – As we speak, the NFL Draft has now officially ended. The fact that the Raiders stuck to their guns and went with LSU’s JaMarcus Russell wasn’t a surprise. The Lions went with another wide out in Georgia Tech’s Calvin Johnson and apparently there weren’t any riots in the streets of Motown.
But while all Irish eyes are still whining over QB Brady Quinn’s draft position, the best move made at the draft may have been by the Patriots. Sunday morning, New England acquired Pro Bowl wide out Randy Moss from the Raiders for a fourth round pick.
I’m still trying to figure out which is more amazing, the fact that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was actually seen in his Sunday’s best (a shirt and tie, no less!!!) on a Saturday or that New England appears to be hellbent on going for another Super Bowl trophy.
When you look at all the other prominent players the Brady Bunch have added during the off season (i.e., linebacker Adalius Thomas, corner back Tory James, running back Sammy Morris, and wide receivers Wes Welker, Donte Stallworth, and Kelley Washington), the race for the top spot in the AFC just got interesting.
In retrospect, it was probably the fact that the Silver and Black decided to go with the LSU standout as it’s top pick that indirectly led to Moss being sent to New England. The Raiders could not afford to pay Moss his base salary while also signing Russell to a contract that is expected to include about $30 million in guaranteed money.
It’s been reported that the two teams have been talking about this deal for quite a while. Talks intensified late Saturday night after the draft when Oakland called the Patriots and got New England to sweeten its offer of what had originally been a sixth-round pick.
According to the NFL Network, Moss already has agreed to dramatically restructure his contract, which is scheduled to pay him $9.75 million this coming season. In his last year at the Black Hole, Moss had career-lows (42 catches, 553 yards, 3 TDs) in 13 games.
While most media folks will be quick to say that the Moss-Patriots union on the surface may be doomed to fail, realistically this may be a football marriage that will end with a Super Bowl crown.
However, if you remember this isn’t the first time that the Pats and Belichick have brought in a “disgrunted” player to their roster. During the 2001 season, veteran linebacker and longtime division foe Bryan Cox was brought in as a free agent and helped lead them to their first Super Bowl crown.
Veteran running back Corey Dillon was rescued from the Cincinnati Bengals back in 2004. All he did that year was run for a club record 1,635 yards as the Pats defeated the Eagles n Super Bowl XXXIX.
Will it all be cookies and cream with Moss in New England. Probably not. But you can bet that Randy will be on his best behavior and will be part of the one of the best receiving corps in the NFL.
As we said earlier, the 2007 NFL season just got a helluva lot more interesting.