Patriots: Revisiting the 2007 Offseason

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Aug 30, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; NFL former wide receiver Randy Moss before the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Houston Texans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Traded a fourth-round pick (#110) to the Oakland Raiders for Randy Moss

Bill Belichick and Randy Freakin’ Moss: the ultimate power couple after BB and Tom Brady. Moss was a huge acquisition for the Patriots; he’s the best receiver to play at Gillette Stadium. Not counting his short fourth season with the Patriots, in which he was traded, Moss recorded 250 receptions, 3,765 receiving yards, and 47 receiving touchdowns.

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Easily a fan favorite, Moss has always spoke highly of the organization, and it’s not hard to understand how hurt he was after being traded in 2010. After the Patriots defeated the Minnesota Vikings on Halloween of 2010, Moss’ emotions got the best of him at the post-game presser as he confessed that he “miss[ed] the hell out of [the Patriots] — every last helmet in that locker room.”

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Looking back, New England’s acquisition of Moss was quite incredible. Oakland believed that Moss had little left to offer, and they traded him for next to nothing. It’s worth noting that the pick the Patriots traded to the Raiders resulted in cornerback John Bowie, who played in five career games and recorded two career tackles. Following their 2007 campaign, the Patriots extended Moss with a three-year, $27 million deal, essentially finishing his “prime” with a successful organization. Moss failed to record over 50 receptions in his three final seasons after leaving New England.

His run with the Patriots was a short, yet memorable one. Moss blessed us with record-breaking performances and awe-inspiring highlights, such as his signature “Mossing” of Darrelle Revis.

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