In a press release, head coach Bill Belichick commented on Moss's "Hall of Fame career."
"Over the course of the past several months, I have spoken with Randy and his representative about Randy's place on our team and his future in football. Consistent with my dealings with Randy from the day we acquired him through our conversation this morning, it has been honest, thoughtful and with great mutual respect.
"While I will keep private the details of internal conversations with players and staff, suffice it to say that many things were taken into consideration before making the trade. In this business, there are complex and often difficult decisions, but it is my responsibility to make them based on what I feel is best for our football team, in both the short term and long term. I am grateful for the opportunity to have coached Randy Moss and aside from facing him as an opponent, I wish him the very best for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career."
Belichick's words would suggest that there has been trade talk going on for some time. Several reports have surfaced that Moss was becoming a distraction in New England and even approached the team about a trade following Week 1.
Belichick should be happy for what Moss did in New England. For the measly price of a fourth round pick, New England got the NFL's leader in receiving touchdowns (50) since 2007.