Gannon: Moss should fit
BY SEAN JENSEN, Pioneer Press
Former Vikings quarterback Rich Gannon cannot think of a better NFL home for receiver Randy Moss than Oakland. Given his unique perspective â€” Gannon lives in the Twin Cities during the offseason but plays for the Raiders â€” he expects Moss to fit nicely with the Silver & Black.
"In Oakland, it's a pretty big yard for guys to run around and play. It's not an organization with a lot of rules and regulations," Gannon said Thursday. "I'm not fooling anybody. That was always an unsettling thing for me in Oakland.
"I was always at odds â€” whether it be the coach or the general manager, or Mr. Davis," Gannon added, mentioning maverick owner Al Davis. "I'm a big believer in discipline and structure and systems. But there's a lot of cases where guys come into an organization and seem to flourish. Hopefully, that'll be the situation with Randy."
Although his style doesn't mesh with the Raiders, Gannon has flourished in Oakland. In 2002 he led the Raiders to the Super Bowl and was named NFL MVP. Gannon said the Raiders' history appeals to any type of player.
"It's a great organization, with a great history of winning. Mr. Davis is dedicated to winning championships. That's the focus and goal," Gannon said.
Gannon said Moss is "very outspoken" and has "done some crazy things in the past" but added that he knows why the Raiders traded linebacker Napoleon Harris, a seventh overall pick and a seventh round selection in this year's draft for Moss.
"He's a very unique guy," Gannon said of Moss. "You just hope a guy like that learns from his mistakes. But if you look at his track record, you just don't know. But from the Raiders standpoint, you say to yourself, we picked up a franchise player. He's obviously a top 10 player in the NFL. There's no question about that. His abilities are special."
Gannon isn't certain he will have a chance to throw deep balls to Moss next season. He was placed on injured reserve for a second consecutive season after he broke a vertebra in his neck due to a helmet-to-helmet hit by Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks during a game last Sept. 26.
In his absence, the Raiders struggled, losing five consecutive games.
"It would be all speculation at this point," Gannon said of his future. "I had a serious injury. Whether I can play or not, I don't know. I don't know if I'll ever get a chance to play with Randy Moss.
"By no means am I calling it quits. But I want to do the right thing for myself and my family and the organization. So hopefully it'll all work out."
New number: Receiver Jerry Porter, who re-signed with the Raiders on Tuesday, offered to give Randy Moss his No. 84 Raiders jersey. But Moss declined, agent Dante DiTrapano said. Moss instead will wear No. 18, which he wore during training camp with the Vikings his rookie season before switching to No. 84.
Man oh man, Moss is going to be back with a VENGEANCE. Dont know how you see it, but I see him taking 18 as saying, " Watch this Vikings." He is going to TEAR IT UP.