Raiders needed to dump Moss

Randy Moss was traded to the Patriots for a fourth-round choice Sunday, a huge discount from the trade Oakland made to acquire him two years ago., John Clayton writes.

Updated: April 29, 2007, 4:47 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

For offenses, Al Davis loves the Vertical Stretch.

To Davis, the West Coast offense is to football what small ball is to baseball. Although his Raiders teams have dabbled in the West Coast offense off and on for years, Davis isn't much for singles hitters, moving base runners and sacrifice bunts. Davis loves the long ball. He wants the home run. With that in mind, Davis traded for Randy Moss, and at the time, many that the deal wasn't exactly a steal.

It wasn't. ...

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