MEATHEAD WANTS MOSS?
There are strong indications coming out of Jacksonville the assistant coach Mike "Meathead" Tice is lobbying aggressively for the team to make a trade with the Raiders for receiver Randy Moss.
Moss openly mused this week on FOX Sports Radio about the possibility of playing for another team, and he told host Chris Myers that he'd be willing to accept a trade.
V.P. of player personnel James "Shack" Harris is warming to the idea, we hear, but word is that owner Wayne Weaver and right-hand man Paul Vance are reluctant to bring a high-profile malcontent to the team.
There's also some concern about the price tag to get Moss away from Oakland.
The Raiders gave up the No. 7 overall draft pick, a seventh-round choice, and linebacker Napoleon Harris in the March 2005 deal with the Vikings.
Surely, the Raiders would have to justify their prior package by getting something close to it now.
Although the Raiders would take a cap hit by moving Moss, it would be spread over two seasons.
Via a series of restructurings, most of his 2005 salary and some of his 2006 salary was converted to a bonus payment.
(To the extent we suggested otherwise on Tuesday, we were wr-wr-wr-wr-confused.)
Also complicating matters is the basic notion that Raiders owner Al Davis might be reluctant to allow Moss to get his way.
Davis owns the receiver's rights through 2008, and Davis might decide to force Moss to rot for two-plus seasons in Oakland in lieu of landing with a contending team (see Allen, Marcus).
A reunion of Moss and the Meathead would be awkward at first, since Tice was the coach of the Vikings when Moss was traded away.
But, assuming Moss still has some of the stuff that made him one of the most feared wideouts in the league from 1998 through 2005 (and some question whether he really does), he'll make that offense a lot better -- instantly.
To get Moss, the Jags likely would be willing to give up a member of their trio of young receivers who have been good but not great to date:
Reggie Williams, Ernest Wilford, and Matt Jones.
As we hear it, Wilford would be the most likely to be dangled.