Let the whirlwind begin. We’ve just learned through Pro Football Talk that Bill Simmons put up a Tweet not long ago that indicated there are rumors swirling about a potential Randy Moss trade between the Patriots and Vikings. The Tweet came down shortly after it went up, and Simmons posted another Tweet saying that the original Tweet was supposed to be a direct message to someone but the rumors are circulating. Follow all that?
The speculation makes perfect sense and really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. The fact that it was supposed to be a direct message makes matters that much more interesting, but does not necessarily mean there’s any truth to the claim. Direct messages of this sort go back and forth between sports writers and analysts all the time and nothing ever comes of them. It’s the way the business works in the digital media era.
However, there’s no arguing that the timing of the rumor is curious. Here are several reasons the trade would actually make some sense:
1. Moss is in a contract year and already turned heads with his comments about his contract situation after the first game of the year. He’s acting like he’s perfectly content now, but we can tell he isn’t.
2. The Patriots got their biggest victory of the season Monday night in Miami when they clobbered the Dolphins with an all-around team effort. New England won despite Moss not catching a single pass in the game. After the game, he was the only player on the sidelines who didn’t seem ecstatic.