Janna Robinson doesn't need another Randy Moss jersey, even at its new bargain price.
She'll watch Moss catch passes from Brett Favre instead of Tom Brady, who moves on without his only proven deep threat.
"He's played really well with Brady, but if he's not happy, he won't play well," said Robinson, 41, of Alexandria, N.H., as she browsed the shelves of the Patriots Pro Shop in plain view of the end zone where Moss caught some of his 50 touchdowns in three-plus seasons with New England.
The shop didn't waste any time in marking down Moss' jerseys Wednesday, just hours after he was traded for two draft picks. The Patriots received a 2011 third-round selection and a 2012 seventh-round choice in the deal, NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi confirmed, citing a league source.
The price dropped from $249.95 to $75 for an authentic Moss jersey and from $79.95 to $25 for a replica version.
Moss, who's in the last year of a three-year, $27 million contract, had said several times that he didn't believe the Patriots would re-sign him. Less than an hour after a season-opening 38-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last month, Moss spoke for 16 minutes, almost entirely about his contract and his feeling that he wouldn't be with the team after this season. He said he was hurt but wasn't mad.
Two days later, Moss told The Associated Press he "would love to" retire as a Patriot, but "if I do leave here, I want everything to be positive -- that I was a good guy, I was well-coached, well-mannered, a good man in the locker room, a good teammate to be around."
"Over the course of the past several months, I have spoken with Randy and his representative about Randy's place on our team and his future in football," Belichick said in a statement released by the team. "Consistent with my dealings with Randy from the day we acquired him through our conversation this morning, it has been honest, thoughtful and with great mutual respect."
Moss set an NFL record with 23 touchdown catches for the Patriots in 2007 after he was traded during that year's draft by the Oakland Raiders for a fourth-round pick. He had spent two years with the Raiders after seven with the Vikings, who took the two-time first-team All-American from Marshall in the first round in 1998.
Now Belichick must do his game-planning without Moss, but the timing of the trade in the Patriots' bye week should help.
"(Welker) can't play to an elite level outside the numbers. He can only play to an elite level inside the numbers and the hashes, because that's the style of player he is," said Cris Carter, a Vikings receiver in Moss' first four seasons with the team and now an ESPN analyst. "(Brady) will be a great quarterback until he retires, but he will have to work extra hard. Wes Welker's job just became a little bit harder."
Last year, the Patriots' defense received a youthful makeover when linebacker Tedy Bruschi and safety Rodney Harrison retired and defensive end Richard Seymour and linebacker Mike Vrabel were traded, all before the season started.
This year, the Patriots are without four major pieces of their offense. Running back Laurence Maroney was traded to the Denver Broncos after the first game -- and his jerseys were going for the same prices as Moss' on Wednesday. Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins hasn't reported in a contract dispute, and running back Kevin Faulk is out for the year with a knee injury.
Now Moss is gone.
A third-round pick in the Moss deal gives the Patriots two choices in each of the first four rounds of next year's draft -- plenty of chances to stockpile young players.
But what about this year?
"I feel really bad," said Geri Braun, 66, of West Bath, Maine, another visitor to the Pro Shop. "They should have extended his contract. They'll lose something on offense. They don't have the experience. It makes a difference."
Another shopper was more upbeat.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.