Bill Belichick almost got away with trading a sixthround pick for Randy Moss

Bill Belichick almost got away with trading a sixthround pick for Randy Moss

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About the only thing that might be longer at this point than Bill Belichick list of NFL wins is his list of players he built into critical pieces of championship teams after they got either released by their original team or traded away for what the crew here at Pats Pulpit calls bag of peanuts”. Whether he playing Monopoly on draft day or in free agency, Bill somehow managed to earn a reputation as the biggest wheeler-and-dealer in the game while simultaneously getting a reputation for never actually signing anybody to a normal-sized contract. And based on a story that came out from a book about longtime Raiders owner and delightful anti-hero Al Davis, Belichick almost pulled off an even more absurd trade for the greatest deep-threat receiver of all time than what actually went down guys surely remember that Bill ended up shipping a fourth-round pick for a supposedly washed-up, approximately-as-motivated-as-a-college-kid-the-day-before-spring-break Randy Moss back in the spring of ‘07. Belichick draft-day trade haul with the San Francisco 49ers when the Niners got all heart-eyes over a kid named Joe Staley snagged the Patriots an extra fourth-round pick that year, and the 49ers’ ‘08 first-rounder, and that San Fran fourth-rounder ended up as what sealed the deal for Moss.According to this book, though, Bill was THIS close to crossing the T and dotting the lowercase J on a deal for Moss that woulde only cost New England a sixth-rounder. Look at this Ocean Eleven heist that almost happened t would have been even more one-sided if Davis hadn intervened. ... After two seasons with the Raiders, Moss made it known that he had no interest in returning for a third. Davis agreed it was time for a parting of ways. The only question that remained was, could Davis save face and recoup some of the high cost from trading for Moss in 2005?“Davis changed coaches after the 2006 season, firing Art Shell and replacing him with Lane Kiffin. One of Kiffin first tasks was to trade Moss, and Kiffin personal assistant Mark Jackson was charged with the task of making a deal.ackson had worked with Kiffin at the University of Southern California, and he had some prior NFL experience with the New England Patriots. He soon found himself on the phone with Belichick, someone regarded as one of the most savvy football minds of all time.ackson and Belichick finally agreed upon a sixth-round draft pick for Moss book details that Davis as aghast” at the price.That when Davis, according to the book, “phoned Belichick from the Raiders meeting room and accused him of taking advantage of Jackson, who had no experience in this area.”Belichick responded that he was simply agreeing to what was offered, and then, according to the book, asked Davis what he was seeking for Moss. When Davis said a fourth-round pick, Belichick agreed to the terms.When Moss went on to have great success with the Patriots, the fourth-round pick seemed like a bargain. But as Davis explained in the book, there wasn a trade market for him.ou know how many teams turned him down?” Davis said. hat guy in Green Bay thought he couldn run anymore. Even Denver, where theyl take anybody, turned him down Andrew Hawkins Jersey.”Classic Al Davis, just sneaking in a little division-rival burn there at the end.And even though Belichick famous for taking picks from the Day 2 and 3 of the draft and making them into superstars , I bet the rent that almost nobody could name the guys from New England four sixth-round picks that yearJustin Rogers Mike Richardson Justise Hairston Cory Hilliard ...Yeah, didn think so.Back to the story ESPN Mike Reiss caught up with Belichick to talk some Al Davis, and even though Davis will probably always be the classic football heel to a lot of people, Bill had nothing but great things to say about Mr ust win, baby!” himselfhey have a great tradition, a great fan base and intensity. Those guys play hard. They play with a lot of passion. Theye always a tough, physical team, which they are again this year. Al Davis Ie always had a ton of respect for him. I had an opportunity to talk with him on many occasions. He was always very insightful and [it was] a pleasure to be around the guy with his passion and love for football, the coaching part of it, the scouting part of it. He was very special.Awwww, maybe football IS family after all.

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