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.
Patriots receiver Wes Welker was surprised to hear the news about Moss.
“That’s a tough day if it is true. Who knows? I find that hard to believe,” Welker said.
When asked if he would want Moss back with the Patriots, Welker said that was coach Bill Belichick’s call.
“You know, that’s all coach Belichick’s decision. So whatever he decides we’re open to as a team. And I’m sure he’ll do what’s best for the organization,” Welker said.
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. He also expressed his admiration for the Patriots.
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.”
Childress said earlier Monday that Moss was staying back in the Boston area after the game to spend time with family. Childress said he did not regret acquiring him “at the moment.”
Childress did not mention the roster move during his news conference.
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.
“I got fined $25,000 for not speaking to you all. Me, personally, I really don’t care,” Moss said. “But at the same time, I do answer questions throughout the week. For the league to fine me $25,000, I’m not going to answer any more questions for the rest of this year. If it’s going to be an interview, I’m going to conduct [it]. … I’ll ask myself the questions, then give y’all the answers. So from here on out, I’m not answering any more questions for the rest of this season.”
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.