Maybe Randy Moss(notes) became too big of a pain in the neck for Bill Belichick to deal with. Or maybe Belichick has lost the cutthroat competitiveness that attracted him to Moss in the first place as he sought another Super Bowl.
Or maybe, at 33, Moss is grading out so poorly on New England coaching tapes that they no longer think he stretches defenses enough to keep around.
Something happened over the first four weeks of the season because the Patriots are 3-1, have already played their two toughest divisional road games (New York Jets, Miami) and still have likely victories against Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo coming. This club has no reason not to think playoffs.
So why trade Randy Moss now?