Just four weeks after returning to the organization that originally drafted him, the Minnesota Vikings announced their plans to waive All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss. The 13-year veteran was traded to Minnesota from the New England Patriots for a future third round draft pick. “This decision was made based on what we thought was in the best interests of the Minnesota Vikings, both in the short and long term,” said Vikings coach Brad Childress. “We wish Randy the best as he moves forward in his career.”
According to multiple sources it’s evident that Moss was a distraction in the Minnesota locker room. He said publicly that the Vikings coaching staff didn’t listen when it came to strategies against the Patriots last Sunday. Moss seemed to show regret in regards to the initial trade from New England during an emotional press conference after the game. “I’m definitely down that we lost this game. I didn’t expect we’d lose this game,” he said. “I don’t know how many more times I’ll be in New England again. But I leave coach Belichick and those guys with a salute: ‘I love you guys. I miss you. I’m out.’”
Once the Vikings officially release Moss a team can pick up the remaining $3.338 million left in his contract. The winless Buffalo Bills will have the first shot to claim him. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that the Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and even the Patriots are among the teams interested in claiming Moss.