Last Sunday, the Patriots traded away their fourth round draft pick to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for picking up wide receiver Randy Moss’ contract. I didn’t post about it at the time, because I was dealing with the magnitude of my hypocrisy about the move. I’ve finally come to terms with it, trading all my scruples and beliefs for the potential of another Super Bowl trophy coming to New England. Yup, I can be bought for almost nothing.
Randy Moss is one of the NFL’s bad boys. He’s the kind of person that you hold up as an example to your kids of what is wrong in sports and how not to behave. To give you some perspective, when asked by Sports Illustrated about the 1970 plane crash that killed the entire Marshall football team, Moss said: “was a tragedy, but it really wasn’t nothing big.” You get the idea.
So, now Randy Moss joins a team known for having a low tolerance for bad behavior. A team that adopted NFL bad boys Rodney Harrison and Corey Dillon and turned them into seemingly upstanding citizens (off the field, anyway). Can it do the same for Moss? Here’s hoping so. It appears that his contract is structured with a much lower salary and loads of incentives. One would think that much of the money that is in the contract is contingent upon good behavior, but the ins and outs have not been disclosed.
There were rumors in New England during the free-agent trading period that Moss might possibly join the Patriots. At the time, I stated that I didn’t want to see a guy like Moss playing for the Pats. Now that he’s wearing the red, white and blue, though, I’ve tossed aside any values that I once held dear for the chance to have the Lombardi Trophy in New England again. Am I a slut or what?