By Danny Picard
BOSTON — Whenever the New England Patriots make a crazy move, I always come back to the Randy Moss trade in 2010.
Moss spent three-plus seasons in New England. He was a beast. Took the top off opposing defenses like nobody else. His connection with Tom Brady was as good as you’ll ever see in the NFL.
Next thing you know, he was traded to Minnesota for a third-round pick.
I covered the Patriots for Comcast SportsNet at that time. In my years as a beat writer, I only asked a question if I was genuinely interested in the answer. That made for very little question-asking when I was in the Patriots’ locker room, because, well, you know how it goes in there. I could have guessed the answer to every question asked at Gillette. That’s not a complaint. That’s just an acknowledgement of how it goes in Foxboro under Bill Belichick.
In the days following the Moss trade, however, I had a question I needed answered. So I asked Wes Welker, straight up, “What does trading Randy Moss say to you? What type of message does that send to the team?”