The media is abuzz today with the news that the Patriots might trade seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings, the team that drafted No. 81 in 1998 as a first-round pick.
What FoxSports.com first reported, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter is confirming, that the "Patriots have agreed to a blockbuster trade that will send [the] Pro Bowl wide receiver back to Minnesota for the Vikings' 2011 third-round pick."
Yet Patriots vice president of media relations Stacey James told ESPNBoston.com that they have not traded Moss yet.
The Herald also reports that Moss had requested to be traded as early as just after week 1.
The trade makes sense for the Vikings, as they are in desperate need of a "star-caliber" receiver, with Sidney Rice out for at least the first six weeks.
"Without the deep threat that [Vikings quarterback Brett Favre] had in Rice, Favre's production has dropped dramatically," ESPNBoston.com writes. "The Vikings have lost two of their first three games and their receiving group lacks the prototypical big-play receiver who can out-jump smaller cornerbacks for passes down the field.
"That's Moss in a nutshell."
According to ESPN's New England Patriots Blog, the trade may not make as much sense for the Patriots.
Yet Moss is still only one man. Perhaps nay-sayers to the apparent trade of No. 81 can take a page from newest Pats receiver Danny Woodhead's book.
"This team is filled with a lot of great players, top to bottom," Woodhead told The Providence Journal, taking focus off himself after his 8-36 running performance (one TD) and a tackle on special teams during Monday night's 41-14 rout of Miami. "The way they work together is most important. The best thing about this team is that it's filled with selfless players. Everyone wants to win. It's not a 'me' thing."
Patriots coach Bill Belichick was "all smiles" on Monday night. The Boston Globe asks the question "Is it possible we are seeing a return to 2007?"