Randy Moss Reportedly Waived by Vikings but Unlikely to Return to Patriots
Talk about a shocker you never saw coming, NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi reports that the Minnesota Vikings have waived wide receiver Randy Moss. This surprise is only slightly less astonishing than New England’s decision to deal the playmaker four weeks ago. Minnesota coach Brad Childress reportedly informed his team that Moss would be waived after Moss did not return with the team to Minnesota from their road trip to Foxboro.
Moss had just one catch in Minnesota’s loss to the Patriots, being targeted only twice. After the loss, he called out his coaches for not using his inside information on the the Patriots more. Additionally, he said their head coach made a bad decision by going for it on 4th down at the one instead of kicking a field goal. To make matters worse, he also praised the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick after the game, all of which probably didn’t sit well with Chilly. Lastly, Moss was recently fined for not speaking to the media and he conducted his own Q&A session after the game where he asked himself the questions.
So why is a return to the Patriots unlikely? Whatever reason caused them to make the deal in the first place probably hasn’t changed in a span of four weeks. Also, and more importantly, the Patriots are 6-1 and have the best record in the league. That means they are 32nd in waivers so 31 other teams have a chance to put in a claim on him first. Many teams will be scared off by Moss’ attitude and problems that resulted in two teams dumping him this year. Still, there’s usually a team out there desperate enough for help to take the chance.
The Chiefs and Redskins are the two teams I think might be most interested Moss — Kansas City because Scott Pioli was in New England when they signed Moss, and Washington because they’re in the hunt in the NFC and don’t have receivers outside of Santana Moss. It will be interesting to see what transpires and we’ll know Moss’ next team in a matter of days.