FOXBORO MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots looks for a signal before the NFL season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on September 12 2010 in Foxboro Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Randy Moss Returning To Vikings After Patriots Trade WR For Third Round Pick

Randy Moss has been traded to the Vikings in exchange for a third round pick. Stay tuned here for reaction and analysis.

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New Randy Moss Contract With Vikings Means No Franchise Tag

Randy Moss is in the final year of of a three-year deal he signed with the Patriots. Now that he's been traded to the Vikings, the question has become what they'll do with his contract.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Moss and the Vikings re-did his contract to include language that would not allow the Vikings to issue him the franchise or transition tag after this year.

There is no new money or years added to the deal.

Many players don't like the franchise or transition tag because it's not a long-term deal -- it's just a one-year deal. Teams meanwhile love it because they can keep players for one more year instead of committing to a long-term deal.

This means that the pressure is on the Vikings to get a long-term deal done with Moss, if that's what they want to do. It doesn't seem likely that they would hand over a third round pick without some sort of future beyond 2010.

Check out Daily Norseman for more on the Randy Moss contract.


Halftime 'Outburst' May Have Contributed To Randy Moss Trade

Mike Reiss of adds some interesting context to the Patriots decision to trade WR Randy Moss to the Vikings on Wednesday.

Just last Monday in the Patriots dominating Monday Night Football victory, Moss, who did not catch a pass in the game, had what one player described to Reiss as an "outburst" with the Patriots quarterbacks coach.

The word is that Moss and quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien had some sort of disagreement at halftime when the Patriots lead the Dolphins just 7-6.

Moss had no catches in the game and was targeted just once. After the game when asked about going catch-less, he said, "It's called a game-plan."

We won't know how much (if any) this incident played in a role to trade Moss but considering the various reports that Moss was becoming a "distraction" in New England, it seems to that it did affect the decision to trade him.


Brett Favre Didn't Lobby For Randy Moss Trade

In 2007 it became known that the Raiders were willing to trade WR Randy Moss. The teams involved at the time included the Packers. As the story goes, Brett Favre was lobbying hard for the Packers to sign him.

Of course, they didn't and he was shipped off to New England.

The following year, Moss's contract was up and he hit the open market. Again, it was Favre pushing the Packers to sign him but Moss opted to stay in New England.

So now the Patriots have traded Moss to Favre's Vikings. What role did Favre play in the process? Via Peter King of

"None,'' Brad Childress said. "No, no, no. When we told him, pretty late in the process, that we were investigating doing this, he was surprised. He raised an eyebrow to me when I told him. How would he even have known Randy was there for the taking? I don't think anyone knew.''
Of course Favre probably doesn't mind that Moss is now on the team. He's expected to be another big target for Favre's deep ball.

Check out Daily Norseman for more on the Randy Moss trade.

Patriots Give Up 2012 7th Round Pick In Randy Moss Trade

The full details on the trade between the Patriots and Vikings for WR Randy Moss are starting to come out.

Here's the break down:

Patriots get: Vikings 2011 third round pick

Vikings get: Randy Moss, Patriots 2012 7th round pick

Not a bad deal for either side on this trade.

Check out Daily Norseman for more on the Randy Moss trade.


Bill Belichick Comments On Randy Moss To Vikings Trade

The Patriots have confirmed the trade that will send WR Randy Moss to the Vikings.

In a press release, head coach Bill Belichick commented on Moss's "Hall of Fame career."

"Over the course of the past several months, I have spoken with Randy and his representative about Randy's place on our team and his future in football. Consistent with my dealings with Randy from the day we acquired him through our conversation this morning, it has been honest, thoughtful and with great mutual respect.

"While I will keep private the details of internal conversations with players and staff, suffice it to say that many things were taken into consideration before making the trade. In this business, there are complex and often difficult decisions, but it is my responsibility to make them based on what I feel is best for our football team, in both the short term and long term. I am grateful for the opportunity to have coached Randy Moss and aside from facing him as an opponent, I wish him the very best for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career."

Belichick's words would suggest that there has been trade talk going on for some time. Several reports have surfaced that Moss was becoming a distraction in New England and even approached the team about a trade following Week 1.

Belichick should be happy for what Moss did in New England. For the measly price of a fourth round pick, New England got the NFL's leader in receiving touchdowns (50) since 2007.


Randy Moss Trade Has Vikings Fans Dreaming Of Brett Favre Touchdown Passes

The Patriots have officially traded WR Randy Moss to the Vikings.

For many Vikings fans, this brings up a lot of good memories of Moss's incredible run in Minnesota.

Vikings fans at SB Nation's Daily Norseman are also dreaming about the future -- one that includes Vikings announcer Paul Allen saying something like this:

"Three seconds left, Favre in the shotgun.  Moss wide left, Harvin going in motion.  The Metrodome crowd is going nuts.  Cook snaps the ball.  Favre looks downfield and rolls right, pump fakes, LET'S IT GO...AND IT'S MOSS!!  MOSS!!  TOUCHDOWN RANDY MOSS WITH AN INCREDIBLE ONE HANDED GRAB OVER CHARLES WOODSON!!


Check out Daily Norseman to see how Vikings fans are reacting to the Randy Moss trade.


Randy Moss Will Play 17 Games In 2010 After Vikings Trade

With the trade to the Minnesota Vikings, Randy Moss will now play 17 games in 2010.

The Vikings had their bye in Week 4 when Moss played for the Patriots.

The Patriots have their bye in Week 5 so that means Moss, assuming he's ready for Monday Night Football this week, will play 17 games in 2010.

Per Jay Glazer, he becomes the sixth player since 1990 (when the bye was instituted) to play 17 games in a season.

Check out Daily Norseman for more on the Randy Moss trade.


Vikings Trade For Randy Moss Does Not Include New Contract

Randy Moss is entering the final year of his contract which is likely a large part of the reason the Patriots traded him. If the Pats weren't going to extend him beyond 2010, then they likely figured they would get value out of him while they still could.

The Vikings meanwhile just gave up a third round draft pick for him and made the trade even without a new contract for Moss.

More than likely, the Vikings will be talking to Moss about a new contract very soon (if they haven't already). It's highly unlikely a team would give up a third round pick without some sort of guarantee that it will last longer than one year. Jay Glazer reports that the Vikings just wanted to get the trade done so he could be in-house for Monday Night Football this week. Presumably they'll be focusing on a contract after that.

Moss is 33 years old yet has still shown he can be productive so it'll be interesting to see what kind of deal they strike.

His current contract was originally a three-year deal worth $27 million.

Check out Daily Norseman for more on the Randy Moss trade.


After Trade To Vikings, Randy Moss Will Face Patriots On Halloween

Mark your calendars: Halloween is going to be a little more exciting this year.

With the Randy Moss to the Vikings trade nnow complete, it's time to look at the Vikings upcoming schedule. Their next four games are among the toughest stretches in the NFL this year:

  • at Jets: Monday Night Football will be Moss's first game as a Viking since Jan. 16, 2005.
  • Cowboys: Dallas' name has been floated as a team that was interested in Moss back in '07 and as recently as early in 2010.
  • at Packers: When Brett Favre was with the Packers in 2007, he pushed for the Green Bay front office to make a move for Moss. Ultimately they declined and he was shipped off to New England. Favre, now with Moss on his side, will face his former team.
  • at Patriots: Moss's return to New England comes on Halloween.

Schedules don't get much tougher than that and they don't usually include so many story lines.

Let's just say you can expect plenty of Vikings coverage over the next month.

Check out Daily Norseman for more on Randy Moss to the Vikings.


Randy Moss To Vikings Is Done Deal; Patriots Get Third Round Pick

Randy Moss has been traded to the Vikings in exchange for a third round draft pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal has been rumored since Tuesday night, and now seems to have officially gone done.

We will have much more analysis and reaction to come throughout the day in the StoryStream. You can also find more at SB Nation Boston, Pats Pulpit and The Daily Norseman.


Randy Moss To Vikings Has Minnesota Players Getting Excited

The thought of Randy Moss being traded from the Patriots to the Vikings has Minnesota players very excited.

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer writes via Twitter that the players in Minnesota are anxious to see if a deal goes down.

In talking w vikings players, they are very much in favor of this trade happening. Guys kept calling asking how likely it was to happening.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes that Percy Harvin is "excited" about the possibility of joining forces with Moss.

Considering how well Wes Welker and Moss worked together in New England, Harvin can probably expect some more success if and when the Moss trade is completed.

Check out Daily Norseman for more on the Randy Moss trade.


Randy Moss Trade To Vikings Will Reportedly Be For A Third Round Pick

In April of 2007, the Patriots traded with the Raiders to acquire Randy Moss for a fourth round pick. Three and a half years later and that value has risen, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

If and when the Patriots and Vikings made a Randy Moss trade, it will be for a third round pick.

That means the Patriots' investment in Moss actually went up over the last three and a half years. Oh, and the 50 touchdowns he's given them to this point aren't bad either.

Check out Daily Norseman to see what Vikings fans are thinking about all this and hop on over to Pats Pulpit to see what the Patriots fans think.


Sources: Moss To Minnesota Trade Will Be Finalized Wednesday

Randy Moss will be returning to Minnesota, the team that drafted him in 1998, sources say, with the deal expected to be completed on Wednesday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN tweets that the trade with New England "is expected to happen Wednesday."

Said one source familiar with Moss-to-Minnesota trade talks: "I'd be shocked if it doesn't happen."


Patriots PR Officer Denies Randy Moss Trade

Patriots officials at this point have not officially confirmed that discussions have occurred between them and the Vikings about a trade involving receiver Randy Moss.

Tom E. Curran, who covers the Patriots for Comcast SportsNet New England, tweeted that he called Patriots executive director of media relations Stacey James to inquire about the reported trade, but was told categorically that "there's no trade."

Of course, this could simply be stonewalling before a deal is officially worked out and announced, but it's important to show that the team is sticking to the idea of Moss as a Patriot until he officially is not anymore.


Vikings And Patriots Reportedly Discussing Trade For Randy Moss

On Tuesday night, ESPN's Bill Simmons sent out a tweet he later claimed was an accident that mentioned a possible trade being discussed between the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots that would reunite receiver Randy Moss with the team that drafted him.

ProFootballTalk immediately ran a post about Simmons' tweet as though it were some sort of confirmation of the inner workings between the franchises, when it might have merely been scuttlebutt between Simmons and a friend. Fortunately for Mike Florio, Jay Glazer, a far more reputable news source than Simmons, later confirmed over Twitter that the Vikings and Patriots have indeed discussed a possible trade of Moss.

According to Glazer, the deal hinges on whether the Vikings can negotiate a new deal for Moss, who has for months been seeking a new long-term deal from New England. In several interviews, he has stated that this will likely be his last season with the Patriots.

Moss coming back to the Vikings would be intriguing for any number of reasons. Not the least of which would be that it was Packers general manager Ted Thompson's refusal to trade for Moss in 2007 that began Brett Favre's fallout with the franchise. Favre, of course, would finally get a chance to play with Moss were the receiver dealt to Minnesota.

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