|Report: Vikings waive Randy Moss||11.01.10 at 3:02 pm ET|
The Vikings have decided to waive wide receiver Randy Moss, according to Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network.
The news comes a day after the Patriots beat Minnesota, 28-18, where Moss finished with one catch for eight yards. After the contest, the former New England receiver delivered a memorable postgame monologue where he spoke nostalgically of his time with the Patriots and called Patriots coach Bill Belichick “the best coach in football history.”
“This is no disrespect to the Minnesota Vikings and their organization — the captains, Wilfork, Tommy Boy, Kevin Faulk, I miss them guys. I miss the team,” Moss said. “I know what they’re doing, success they had on the field with the running game. I kind of know what type of feeling is in their locker room and I want to be able to tell they guys that I miss the hell out of them, every last helmet in that locker room.”
Moss was dealt to Minnesota from the Patriots for a third-round pick on Oct. 6.
Asked to comment on the Vikings move, Belichick was predictably mum on Monday.
“You can’t bait me into [talking about that],” Belichick said. “I can’t comment on anybody else’s players or transactions.”
The reaction in the locker room was one of surprise. Quarterback Tom Brady appeared taken aback when he was informed, but he quickly recovered and said, “No comment from me today, guys.” Fellow wide receiver Wes Welker said he was also shocked when he heard the news.
“Yeah, absolutely. I mean, Randy is obviously a great player,” Welker said. “It’s a tough day if it is true. Who knows? I find that hard to believe.”
“That’s news to me. I really … I’m surprised as you are,” said cornerback Kyle Arrington, who spent most of his afternoon on Sunday shadowing Moss. “That’s something between Randy and Minnesota. I really couldn’t comment on it.”
One of the more surreal aspects to this whole story broke late Monday afternoon, when Lombardi and Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com both reported that Minnesota coach Brad Childress told his team he was going to release Moss in a morning meeting the receiver wasn’t present for. (According to Lombardi, Moss did not go back with the team to Minnesota on Sunday night, staying in New England.) And as of late Monday afternoon, Moss hadn’t had a sitdown with Childress yet to confirm the move.
Moss had 50 touchdown receptions in his Patriots career, 23 of which came in his record-setting debut season in 2007. In four games with the Vikings, his second stint in Minnesota, he had 13 catches and two touchdowns.
Once the Vikings waive Moss, teams will have 24 hours to claim the receiver. The Patriots, who at 6-1 have the best record in the NFL, will have the last chance to claim him.
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