Question: Since the Raiders weren't able to pick up Jeff Garcia, should they pursue the rumored deal of Randy Moss for Aaron Rodgers I mean the guy spent a couple seasons under Brett Favre, and picking up Rodgers would allow us to possibly trade down a couple spots in the draft and pick up Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson or Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson.
-- Ron Tolentino, Vacaville
Answer: The Moss for Rodgers deal is nothing more than rumor at this point. The Packers wouldn’t be eager to deal their quarterback of the future. Rodgers is still young (he won’t turn 24 until December of this year) and Favre won’t play forever. Giving him up for Moss, whose best years are behind him, wouldn’t make sense for Green Bay. The Raiders could pursue it, but I doubt they find a taker in Green Bay for such a deal.
There are also rumors the New England Patriots would be interested in Moss. He is due $9.75 million in base salary, so if the Pats were willing to pay that sum or get Moss to agree to a restructured contract, it could happen. But I expect Moss back with the Raiders.
And the problem with trading down in the draft for the Raiders is teams below them can get players they want without making a trade.
Now that running back LaMont Jordan has agreed to take a cut in his signing bonus to stay with the Raiders, it’s clear they won’t be drafting Adrian Peterson. So a team like Cleveland wouldn’t feel the need to trade picks with the Raiders to get Peterson because the Raiders will almost certainly draft a quarterback.
The same would go for a team trading up for Johnson. The Raiders aren’t likely to pick him, so why give up extra draft choices when chances are Johnson will be available at No. 3 or No. 4.
Because Moss isn’t likely to be traded and Jerry Porter and Ronald Curry will be back, drafting a wide receiver wouldn’t make since for the Raiders.
-- Jason Jones