In light of the news that the New England Patriot are close to trading Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings, I wanted to take a look at whether a move like this would benefit the Kansas City Chiefs and whether they would pull the trigger.
Any time you're dealing with one of the league's best like Moss, a trade is going to make sense on some level.
I think that's the case with the Chiefs and Moss. There are definitely some things that make sense and would make you want the Chiefs to pull the trigger on a Randy Moss trade, but ultimately there are too many negatives involved for the Chiefs to do something like that.
Why a trade would make sense....
He's one of the premier receivers in the league and the Chiefs don't have a bona fide No. 1 receiver. This is absolutely the case and the biggest reason the trade should have at least perked their interest.
- The Chiefs are competing to win this year with their 3-0 start. If the Chiefs were 0-3 at this point, then the Moss question would be a sure fire NO. But now that the Chiefs are 3-0, there's a real feeling that they're going to be playoff-bound. Once you get to the playoffs, anything can happen.
He can help Matt Cassel. The Chiefs theme this offseason was putting help around Cassel and Moss would be a continuation of that theme. Plus, with Cassel's start, he needs some help in order to boost his confidence.
Why a trade would not make sense....
He's 33 years old and would likely be a one-year rental. The Chiefs would be giving up a third-round pick so that wouldn't make much sense to get Moss for one year -- or 3/4ths of a year, really. Moss also may not want to sign with the Chiefs long-term and I don't see the Chiefs pulling off this trade without a long-term deal in place.
- He's looking for a new contract as he's in the last year of his. He's 33 years old and is going to be looking to hit the bank one more time. It's not in the Chiefs philosophy to give big money to someone like Moss.
- He doesn't fit Matt Cassel's strengths. Cassel's strengths are more along the lines of managing the game and not necessarily going deep. Moss's strength is the long ball. It just doesn't seem to match up.
In the end, the Chiefs won't be making any Randy Moss-like deals. They're content with what they've done to build a foundation in Kansas City (and I think most fans are, too) and I'm not sure the locker room is at the point that it can handle a super start like Randy Moss.
While there's no doubt Moss is talented, he just doesn't fit what the Chiefs are trying to do at this moment. Combine that with the murky outlook his future and his contract, and it just doesn't make sense for the Kansas City Chiefs.
What the Patriots did -- and what GM Scott Pioli is trying to do in Kansas City -- is build a locker room that's strong enough to handle the perceived "problem kids" like Randy Moss or Corey Dillon before they came to New England. I'm not sure that the Chiefs locker room is at that point yet but it's getting there.