Antonio Brown has put up huge numbers over the last six seasons. Yet, somehow, it feels like the All-Pro wide receiver has something to prove as he joins the Raiders in a trade from the Steelers.
Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss, a former Raider, believes Oakland is getting someone ready to put all this offseason drama behind him.
"I don't really know if those third- and fifth-round picks are going to work out," Moss said Sunday morning on ESPN. "We don't know who those players will be, but the one thing about it is, the Oakland Raiders and Jon Gruden are getting a hungry and determined wide receiver to get back to his old ways of dominating."
Ever since the final week of the 2018 regular season, Brown had been engaged in a back-and-forth squabble with the Steelers. Now it's up to Brown to perform on the field and make people forget about all the offseason antics.
"He had a little bit of uncertainty over the last couple of weeks, over the last couple of months," Moss said of Brown. "But now he has a team that he can just settle down, get to work, and I think him and Derek Carr can go make some magic."
Moss knows all about being traded to Oakland, then making magic. He was dealt from the Vikings to the Raiders in 2005, then caught 60 passes for 1,005 yards and eight TDs with Kerry Collins slinging him the ball. Those numbers would be low for Brown, but Oakland expects a similar impact.
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Randy Moss' Hall of Fame career ended in a 49ers jersey. Moss made it back to the Super Bowl after one year away from football, the final score however, was not what the legendary wide receiver hoped for.
The 49ers lost Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31, in gut-wrenching fashion. During Moss' Hall of Fame induction speech on Saturday, the speedster sent a message to 49ers fans.
"To the 49er fans and organization, I want to thank you for giving me my last run at one [title]," Moss said. "Ray [Lewis] took it. Ray took it. But I want to thank you for the opportunity, York family."
Moss caught two passes for 41 yards in the loss. In his final season of his career and only in San Francisco, Moss hauled in 28 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns.
Hall-of-Famer Randy Moss' tenure with the Oakland Raiders was largely forgettable.
After accruing 1,632 receiving yards in the season prior to joining the silver and black, the wide receiver accumulated 1,772 in two seasons in Oakland. The Raiders paid a heavy price to bring in Moss, but a series of injuries slowed him down, and he never lived up to his potential.
In his induction speech at Saturday's Hall of Fame enshrinement in Canton, Ohio, Moss still saw positives in his time with the Raiders.
"To the Raider Nation, and to the late, Mr. Al Davis: I want to thank you for letting me experience what the Silver and Black was all about," Moss said. "I'm so sorry things didn't go according to plan, but for my 14 years, I do not regret one day, one practice, one meeting. I'd do it all over again, I love it that much. To the Raider Nation [and the] Davis family, thank you for letting me have that experience."
Oakland ultimately traded Moss to the New England Patriots for a fourth-round pick just over two years after acquiring him. In the first season after the trade, Moss set a single-season record with 23 receiving touchdowns.
He retired after the 2012 season. Moss finished his 14-year NFL career with 982 catches, 15,292 receiving yards, and 156 receiving touchdowns.