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On Monday, the Minnesota Vikings waived Randy Moss. This came after things such as Moss’ poor performance, fine for not addressing the media, and criticizing the Vikings while glorifying the Patriots. That’s not to mention refusing to be asked any questions by the media, instead opting to ask and answer his own questions for the rest of the year.
Moss, in four games with the Vikings, caught 13 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns, including one eight-yard reception out of two targets and no touchdowns against New England.
As you may remember, Moss (along with a 2012 seventh round pick) was acquired by the Vikings for a third round draft pick in 2011. That gives the Patriots two draft picks in each of the first three rounds in 2011.
Teams have 24 hours to pick up Moss’ contract, which expires after this season. If no team does, Moss will be paid in full by Minnesota, and become an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any team. Plenty of teams wouldn’t mind having a spare receiver for the rest of the season, for just a few million dollars. Maybe even New England.
All this just goes to prove that Bill Belichick is a genius. He shed a nice chunk of Moss’ salary and accumulated yet another good draft pick. And now, he can take Moss back on waivers, if no other team claims him, or if Moss reaches free agency on Tuesday, he can give Moss a new deal that Moss wanted, maybe even at a more friendly rate, especially with Tom Brady eating up so much cap space next season. Or if Belichick still doesn’t like Moss’ extra curricular activities, the Patriots are doing just fine (an NFL-best 6-1-0) without him.