Monday, November 1, 2010

Vikings Waive Randy Moss...

ESPN - Randy Moss was waived by the Vikings on Monday just weeks after Minnesota traded a third-round draft pick to the New England Patriots for the receiver.

Vikings players said Monday that coach Brad Childress told them that Moss "is no longer with us."

Linebacker Ben Leber told the Star Tribune that Childress didn't give the team a reason for Moss' ouster from Minnesota.

"No reason, really, [he] just wanted to give everybody a heads-up and say this is what's going on, and that's it," Leber told the newspaper. "He didn't really dive into any details, and just said that's what were going to go with."

Moss will be on waivers for the next 24 hours. The Patriots, who own the NFL's best record, would only have a chance to claim Moss if the NFL's other 31 teams pass. If Moss isn't claimed he will be free to sign with any team.

Moss' exit from Minnesota was first reported by the NFL Network.

He also criticized the Vikings for not heeding his advice on certain plays the Patriots were likely to use against the Vikings.

On Monday, Childress disagreed with Moss' asertion that the Vikings ignored the receiver's advice.

"I think we did a pretty good job of heeding it, both offensively and defensively," Childress said, according to the Star Tribune. "He gave us some windows into how we thought they would end up playing. That's obviously in his eyes."

Moss had not spoken to reporters since Oct. 13, taking a $25,000 fine from the NFL for failing to cooperate with the media. The money didn't sway him to open up last week in the days leading up to his return to New England, which traded him to the Vikings on Oct. 6.

In four games with the Vikings, Moss had 13 receptions for 174 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings were 1-3 in those games, including Sunday's 28-18 loss at New England.


So you're telling me Randy Moss may be a New England Patriot again in the next 24 hours? If that's the case Bill Bellichick is an evil genius. It's hard to fathom this is really possible. The Patriots might have Randy Moss (for less money), starting alongside Deion Branch and Wes Welker now. And they get to keep the third-round draft pick they got for Moss? How does that make sense?

As great as that would be for Patriot fans, it looks a little far-fetched. They might be regretting their undefeated record without Moss right now. Since his departure, the Patriots took over the NFL's best record, which means every team in the NFL would have to pass up on Moss' contract for him to fall to the Pats. I'm not sure what kind of money other teams are working with, but I would have to imagine the Chargers or Redskins would want to take a shot at Moss if they could. I could also see the teams that love locker room bad boys and cancers take a shot at Moss as well, i.e. the Cowboys, Bengals or Jets (could you imagine that?).

Let's take a look at the teams that get a first shot at Mr. Moss:

1. Buffalo Bills (0-7)
Could Moss be TO 2.0 for the Bills?

2. Dallas Cowboys (1-6)
Why wouldn't the Cowboys get another WR for me to fear?

3. Carolina Panthers (1-6)
How much would Moss love going from Hall-of-Fame QB Tom Brady, to Hall-of-Fame QB Brett Favre, to Jimmy Clausen and Matt Moore?

4. Denver Broncos (2-6)
You could have told me the Broncos were 5-3 right now and I would have believed you. When did they lose six games?

5. San Francisco (2-6)
Could this propel the 49ers to 9-7 status and crown them NFC West champs?

6. Cincinnati Bengals (2-5)
VH1 is chomping at the bit right now. They're so excited they can't even take it.

Other notables:
10. San Diego Chargers (3-5)
They wanted him anyway. This time they don't have to give up any draft picks.

17. Chicago Bears (4-3)
I don't know, this whole we can win it with a 5'11" #1 wide receiver thing hasn't panned out over the last couple years. Maybe Moss can be what Mushin Muhammed never was for them.

19. Seattle Seahawks (4-3)
25. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)
Straight from the mouth of Bach Talk: "Maybe a contender trying to get over the hump like Seattle or KC."

28. New York Jets (5-2)
I get nightmares just thinking about it. You know Rex Ryan is thinking about it. How many more stars can align for the Jets if this happens?

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2)
Freeman can throw the ball a long way. Plus, I don't know how, but the Bucs have the third best record in football. Is this team good?

32. New England Patriots (6-1)
For obvious reasons.

My favorite quote of the afternoon:

"The Vikings basically traded a third round pick for three losses." - Joe Gervino

Ladies and gentlemen, the 2010-2011 Minnesota Vikings!

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