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Cris Carter tells ESPN that Patriots offered Randy Moss a one-year deal

08.01.11 at 3:07 pm ET

Cris Carter, a former teammate of Randy Moss in Minnesota, hinted Monday the Patriots offered Moss a one-year deal to return for the 2011 season, but the wide receiver wanted a multiyear contract. When that didn’t materialize — along with a possible deal with the Jets — he made the decision to call it a career.

“What I think forced (his retirement) was No. 1, New England trading for (Chad) Ochocinco,” Carter said when asked about Moss on ESPN. “That’s the No. 1 place he wanted to go to. His biggest problem with New England was he didn’t want a one-year deal. New England wanted to sign him to a one-year deal. As you can see, New England gave Chad that three-year deal.

“The next team he wanted to go to was the New York Jets. Now they had someone, a big receiver, who decided to take the one-year deal: Plaxico Burress.

“When those two teams were removed from him and his ability to go play with them, I think that Randy reacted a lot like the Randy that came into the league, like the Randy we’ve seen, and he said, ‘You know something? I’m not just going to play for anyone.’”

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