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QBREES9 10-05-2010 08:38 PM

MOSS TO VIKES, Randy Moss could be feeling Minnesota again.
Randy Moss could be feeling Minnesota again.

The Vikings, Moss' first NFL team, have discussed a trade with the New England Patriots for the wide receiver, NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora confirmed through league sources.

A league source told NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi that the Patriots haven't given Moss' agent, Joel Segal, permission to talk to the Vikings or any team about a new contract.

A trade is still possible without a contract extension, but it also could complicate matters. Moss wouldn't balk at a move to the Vikings, La Canfora reported, but the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver is very interested in securing a contract more in line with the $9 million to $10 million per season that top wideouts now earn in the NFL.

Moss, who's in the final year of his current deal, lashed out after the Patriots' season-opening victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, saying he felt unappreciated in New England because he hadn't received a long-term contract. Moss also said waiting until after the season to do a deal would be "a smack in my face."

"This is the last year of my contract. Nothing has been discussed. There's not been anything said. Not a letter. Nothing," Moss said then. "I'm not saying that I want to stay here, but I love playing here. If the future of my job lets me go to another team, then that's what it's going to be. But for right now, I'm still in a contract for the New England Patriots, and I have a job to do.

"I don't want to talk about contracts. I just want to let you all know that I'm here to play my last season out. If an opportunity later on in the season presents itself for me to be a New England Patriot, I will accept that. But if it doesn't, I must move on."

A source told the Boston Herald on Tuesday that Moss requested a trade from the Patriots after that Week 1 meltdown in front of the media.

NFL Network insider Albert Breer noted that the Patriots would be due a third-round compensatory draft pick in 2012 if Moss left via free agency. By trading Moss, the Patriots could obtain a 2011 selection.

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A first-round draft pick out of Marshall, Moss played in Minnesota from 1998 to 2004 and posted six 1,000-yard seasons. He was traded to the Oakland Raiders and had two mediocre seasons before being dealt to New England, where he enjoyed a resurgence. He caught an NFL-record 23 touchdown passes in 2007, his first season with the Patriots, and hasn't had less than 1,008 receiving yards in a full season with the team.

The Vikings have sought receiver help since the preseason after losing Sidney Rice for at least six weeks because of a hip injury. Percy Harvin, who has battled migraine headaches, leads all Minnesota wideouts with 12 catches for 106 yards and one touchdown. Greg Lewis and Bernard Berrian are next with five receptions each.

Should the Vikings acquire Moss this week, he could match up against New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis on Monday night at New Meadowlands Stadium. Revis sustained a hamstring injury while covering Moss on a long touchdown pass in Week 2 and is scheduled to return.

CashAndFlash 10-05-2010 10:07 PM

Joel Segal... I've talked to that guy... he was Rohan Davey's agent.

I guess with Favre getting a collapsed lung or something this year, they'll need a new "face of the franchise."

st thomas 10-05-2010 10:17 PM

it can't be tru, if only they would spend some money on a stadium

exile 10-06-2010 08:23 AM

Report: Moss deal is done |

gocowboysgo 10-06-2010 12:20 PM

Still doesn't make Minnesota a playoff team IMO.

Both Favre and Moss are shells of their former selves at this point. As the old saying goes "you can't defeat father time"

breesfan27 10-06-2010 04:15 PM


Originally Posted by gocowboysgo (Post 252405)
Still doesn't make Minnesota a playoff team IMO.

Both Favre and Moss are shells of their former selves at this point. As the old saying goes "you can't defeat father time"

Wow, I think this is the first and only time I've agreed with a Cowboys fan.

Moss going to the Vikes will not give them a better chance at the Playoffs. Brett Favre's best years are well behind him. Their coach is a complete moron. Randy Moss isn't as good as everyone says he is, hasn't been all season.

Sorry Viqueens fans. There's always next year.

SaintPauly 10-06-2010 05:14 PM

Just goes to show, that the Pats are a "team first" organization. When you single yourself out, as being above the team, you will be shown the door. This is how the Pats have so many draft picks every year. Great organization.

neugey 10-06-2010 05:29 PM

Are they going to kill a fatted calf at the press conference?

9thWardDesire 10-06-2010 05:45 PM

Meeting of the Drama Queens!! Ochocinco and Ocho-Eldo (T.O.) won't stand a chance.

Nemesis 10-06-2010 06:12 PM

Moss is far from a shell of his former self, or he wouldn't be commanding double teams other than Revis. A recent poll has it 70% against the move, and most figured Moss would fetch a 2nd. BB said this deal had been in the works for a while, and Moss was aware of it. It was better to get something for him before he bolts. The question is who will be piloting the Vikes' ship next season to sling it to Moss.

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