October 6, 2010 by staff 

KFAN, About 38 years after the quarter Fran Tarkenton returned to the Vikings, after a bargaining chip, receiver Randy Moss returned home, too.

With the chances of agreement hovering in the 90th percentile an hour ago, the agreement has been completed, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Vikings Moss and the Patriots get a third-round draft pick in 2011.

The impending deal was reported by Jay Glazer of FOX, which also notes that the case is concluded. Glazer reports that Vikings hope to get Moss in Minnesota ASAP to begin preparations for Monday night’s game against the Jets. Practices begin on Thursday.

We have not done the research, but we assume that Moss is the first player in NFL history to appear in back-to-back games on Monday Night Football. (Acutally, Albert Breer of NFL Network – we love the sound of that – said that Moss is the second guy to play in consecutive games on Monday night.)

The parallels between Moss and Tarkenton are strange. Began his career with the Vikings Tarkenton and spent six years with the team, Moss spent seven seasons in Minnesota. Both players were traded away. And both players eventually returned through trade.

From time to time while talking with Paul Allen of KFAN recent years, I told him I had a weird feeling Moss will eventually play for the Vikings again. And at a time when Vikings tried desperately to get public support for a new stadium, the return of the prodigal son might be enough to get power is to serve up a fatted calf in midfield instead of a brand new.

Before that happens, the move will be enough to reverse the fortunes of a team of 1-2, which has poor results in 2010. With Adrian Peterson and Brett Favre and Percy Harvin and Visanthe Shiancoe and, possibly, at some point Sidney Rice and a defense that allowed only 38 points in three games, Moss could be the missing piece of the puzzle.

Of course, they thought the same thing about Herschel Walker 21 years ago. The difference is that Herschel was never really all that good, and his arrival was more like a carpetbagging a homecoming.

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