by Scott Benson

Well….heh, heh……um….this is kind of awkward, isn’t it?

So despite my last minute appeals, the Patriots have chosen to hitch their wagon to the supernatural force that is Randy Moss, agreeing to a three-year deal that is said to be worth $27 million.

The Pats guaranteed more than half that amount ($15 million) to lock up Moss, despite reported efforts by the Philadelphia Eagles to steal the veteran in the final hours of negotiations. Moss’s agent Tim DiPiero told the Boston Globe that his client turned down a more lucrative offer to remain with New England.

When Moss was acquired from the Raiders in a draft day trade last April, it was commonly believed that the all-pro receiver’s stay in Foxborough would be brief. The conventional wisdom was that Moss would rehabilitate his reputation with the Pats and use that to cash in on a long-term deal with another team when the 08 free agency season commenced.

A funny thing happened on the way to that forum – Moss broke the single-season touchdown record for a receiver and became such a pivotal piece of the Patriots’ offense that many fans came to believe that losing him would be nearly as devastating as the Giants’Super Bowl upset of New England a little more than a month ago.

The Pats evidently agreed, and now one of the most prolific receivers in pro football history has turned a one-year lease on life into a long-term stay. The Patriots, who lost the noteable Asante Samuel and role players like Randall Gay and Donte Stallworth in the early hours of free agency, have stemmed any real or perceived roster bleeding with a band-aid as big as all outdoors.

For the life of me, I don’t know how anybody could see that as a bad thing. Right? Heh, heh….um… anyway, how ’bout those Bruins?