Remembering the forgettable 2 years of Randy Moss in a Raiders uniform

Legendary Minnesota Vikings receiver Randy Moss spent two seasons with the Las Vegas Raiders when they were located in Oakland
Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss
Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss / Kirby Lee/GettyImages

Randy Moss was unable to live up to the lofty expectations he was given after the Las Vegas Raiders acquired him in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings in 2005.

After the 2004 season, the Minnesota Vikings made a shocking decision to trade All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss to the Las Vegas Raiders (who were known as the Oakland Raiders back then).

Raiders fans were ecstatic about the transaction, as they believed Moss could help their favorite team get back to being a contender in the AFC.

However, the former Vikings receiver's tenure with the Raiders turned out to be two of the most tumultuous years of his entire NFL career.

Acquiring Randy Moss from the Minnesota Vikings wasn't enough to turn things around for the Las Vegas Raiders

In their second season with Norv Turner as their head coach, the Raiders hoped that acquiring Moss was going to help the team win more than five games for the first time since 2002.

The Raiders started the 2005 season by losing three of their first four games. But their struggles didn't have much to do with the performance of Moss.

In those four matchups, the former Vikings wide receiver caught 19 passes for 466 yards (24.5 per reception) and two touchdowns.

But then, after an early bye in Week 5, Moss wound up getting banged up in the Raiders Week 6 loss to the San Diego Chargers, and he was never the same that season after that.

The Hall of Famer did score a total of six more touchdowns after the Chargers game, but he averaged less than four catches and 50 receiving yards per matchup in the team's final 11 games of the 2005 season.

The Raiders wound up finishing the year with an abysmal 4-12 record, and this led to the team deciding to fire Norv Turner as their head coach.

During the 2006 offseason, the Raiders brought Art Shell back for his second stint as the franchise's head coach. Unsurprisingly, Shell's second tenure with the organization didn't go well, to say the least.

Before the 2006 regular season even began, Moss went on a national radio show and claimed that everyone in the team's locker room was "walking on eggshells." So that's always good to for someone to say before your team even plays a meaningful game.

Compared the the rest of his career, the 2005 campaign was a down year for Moss, but he still managed to finish with over 1,000 receiving yards for the seventh time in his first eight years in the league. But if 2005 was a down year for the All-Pro wide receiver, then 2006 was deep down in the gutter.

Moss and the Raiders got off to a very slow start in 2006, with losses in each of their first five games. The former Vikings first-round pick didn't have more than 52 receiving yards in any of the team's first four matchups, including a performance in Week 4 that saw him catch one pass for five yards (it resulted in a touchdown at least).

Moss wound up having just one game with over 100 receiving yards in 2006, and unsurprisingly, it didn't take the veteran wide receiver long to make it known that he had no desire to remain with the Raiders.

After a 2-7 start to the season, Moss shared with the public that he was "unhappy" and he wasn't "too much excited about [what was] going on" as a member of the Raiders.

The team ended up finishing the 2006 campaign with an abysmal 2-14 record, Moss ended his season with just 42 catches for 553 yards and three touchdowns, and Shell was fired to the shock of absolutely no one.

It was very clear that Moss in silver and black just wasn't going to work out, and based on the fact that the Raiders were okay with only receiving a fourth-round draft pick in return for the All-Pro pass-catcher in a trade with the New England Patriots in 2007, they wanted to move on from him as much as he wanted to move on from them.

Moss was able to turn his career around after landing with the Patriots, and in his first season away from the Raiders, he caught 98 passes for 1,493 yards and 23 touchdowns.

His performance in 2007 resulted in him earning the fourth First-Team All-Pro selection of his NFL career, and just as quickly as he blew past opposing defenders out on the field, his two-year tenure with the Raiders seemed like a distant memory.