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Former New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss has retired from the NFL, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday.
“After weighing his options and contemplating offers, he’s decided to retire.” Moss’ agent Joel Segal stated.
Moss played parts of four seasons in New England, asserting himself as one of the best receivers in franchise history. The Patriots acquired Moss from Oakland during the 2007 NFL Draft, exchanging a fourth round pick for his services.
In his first season in Foxboro, Moss had one of the greatest seasons in NFL history, hauling in a NFL record 23 touchdown receptions to break Jerry Rice’s record of 22, set in 1987. Moss’ totals in New England are 50 touchdowns, 259 catches and 3904 yards. His 50 touchdowns ties him with Ben Coates for second all-time for the Patriots.
Despite his excellent production, Moss attitude and behavior were noticeably different in 2010. A free agent to be at the end of the season, Moss went public with his frustrations on his contract situation after the Pats 38-24 season opening win against Cincinnati.
Moss behavior continued to worsen, reaching critical mass in the Patriots week four win over Miami. The wide receiver dropped a key second quarter touchdown pass and was rumored to be in a sideline confrontation with quarterbacks coach Bill O’Brien. The next afternoon, Moss was traded to Minnesota for a 2011 third round pick.
In Minnesota, Moss wore out his welcome quickly. Following the Vikings’ 28-18 loss to the Patriots, Minnesota coach Brad Childress waived the disgruntled Moss. The Tennessee Titans claimed the former All-Pro, but he recorded just six catches in the final eight games for the Titans.
Moss finishes his career with 153 touchdown receptions, tied for second all-time with Terrell Owens.