The New England Patriots, without a shadow of doubt, won the Randy Moss trade between themselves and the Oakland Raiders. Prior to arriving in New England, Moss was in a “Black Hole” in Oakland through two unforgettable seasons on a poor football team.
The Patriots on the day of the 2007 draft traded just a fourth round pick to the Raiders for Moss, who the Raiders thought was a locker room cancer, and a receiver who had lost a step or two.
Quite the opposite actually happened in New England. In just his first season in New England, Moss shattered the single-season receiving touchdown record in 2007 with 23, while helping Tom Brady broke the regular season touchdown passes record with 50 (now since eclipsed by Peyton Manning in 2013).
In Super Bowl 42, with the Patriots chasing a perfect 19-0 record, Moss caught what appeared to be the game-winning touchdown with just under three minutes left in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants, but the Patriots couldn’t seal the deal with a 17-14 loss.
The Raiders, on the other hand, still haven’t reached a postseason appearance since their loss in Super Bowl 37 and the departure of Moss. Plenty of wide receivers were brought into the Raiders in the hopes of replacing Moss. First, there was former Detroit Lions‘ draft bust Mike Williams, who ultimately failed like he did in Detroit. High draft pick Darrius Heyward-Bey also failed to be a significant contributor for the Raiders, who still have not had a 1,000 yard receiver since Moss broke the mark in 2005.
In four seasons with the New England Patriots, Moss had 259 catches for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns compared to his Oakland days where Moss only recorded 102 catches for 1,558 yards and only 11 touchdowns.
In what was perhaps the worst trade in the decade, Moss kept the Patriots dynasty rolling and the continuing free-fall of the Oakland Raiders.