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On Friday it was reported that then-Vikings WR Randy Moss approached team owner Zygi Wilf last Sunday after the Vikings loss to the Patriots and said "in no uncertain terms" that Brad Childress was not a good coach and should be fired. A day later and Childress had announced to his team that Moss was being released.
There was a large gap of time between when the news of Moss' release initially broke and the Vikings actually confirming the move. According to ESPN's Ed Werder citing a team source, Wilf delayed Moss' placement on waivers while he considered firing Childress.
The news shouldn't come as too much of a shock considering it was already known that Wilf was unhappy with the move. While Childress does have control of the 53-man roster, it's unusual that he made a move like that without consulting ownership or at least making Wilf aware of the move.
Childress, by many accounts, is in hot water in Minnesota. The Vikings disappointing start and the events that have transpired in the last week would indicate that Childress is most definitely on the hot seat. But you do have to wonder what Wilf will do when it was just last year that he gave Childress a contract extension.
If the Vikings continue losing then this is definitely a story that we'll hear more about.
Check out SB Nation's Daily Norseman for more on the Vikings.
Several hours passed between the time news broke that Vikings head coach Brad Childress had told his players Randy Moss was being released to the Vikings actually confirming the move. According to various reports, that time lapse occurred because Childress hadn't informed others in the organization -- namely the owner, Zygi Wilf -- that he was releasing Moss. And upon that news multiple reports surfaced that Wilf was upset with Childress' decision.
After reading this from the Star-Tribune, I can't see how Wilf could be that upset.
After catching only one pass for 8 yards in the Vikings' 28-18 loss to the New England Patriots, Moss walked into the visitors' locker room where Wilf and other executives stood. According to an NFL source familiar with what transpired, Moss told the Vikings owner in no uncertain terms that Childress wasn't a good coach and should be fired.
Less than 24 hours later and Michael Lombardi of NFL Network was reporting that Moss was waived. This is speculation but it's possible Childress got wind of this and quickly pushed Moss out before he brought Childress down with him. Asking for your coach to be fired confirms that Moss was a problem in Minnesota. Clearly it wasn't going to workout if he was suggesting a coaching change less than a month into his (second) time there.
Brad Childress’ season is probably going to be defined by two things. How the Vikings finish and his handling of The Randy Moss Fiasco. That fiasco came to an end Wednesday when the Tennessee Titans acquired Moss off waivers.
The Minnesota coach who awkwardly handled Moss’ dismissal from the Vikings spoke Wednesday about how acquiring him in the first place was a bad idea from the get-go.
“It was a poor decision,” Childress said, referring to the Oct. 6 deal in which the Vikings sent a third-round draft choice to the Patriots for Moss. “I’ve got to stand up and I have to make it right. When it’s not right, you need to make it right.”
“I have to answer for my decisions,” Childress said. “In the long run with ownership, obviously, my name is affixed to wins and losses in this program here. So, it’s not an attempt to deceive, it’s just a matter of letting the people know that need to know. And when we came out with the statement, that’s when all that had been done.”
Moss may be gone but Childress still has the Minnesota brass, players and fans to answer to. If the Vikings don’t win a lot more games, he won’t have much of a chance.
The Tennessee Titans acquired receiver Randy Moss off the waiver wire despite being 22nd in the order of teams who could have claimed Moss. Not that it mattered, as Tennessee was the only team to place a claim on the Pro Bowler.
The Titans, even if they didn't improve their offense as planned, certainly added a high-profile offensive weapon to their roster and so some of their officials were compelled to address the media after the transaction was made official.
From general manager Mike Reinfeldt:
“We are always looking for ways to improve our roster. Randy is obviously a Hall of Fame player and has the ability to be a difference maker for our offense.”
From head coach Jeff Fisher:
“We had an opportunity to upgrade our offense and Randy has been a tremendous threat wherever he has been. We will bring him up to speed as quickly as possible.”
The Tennessee Titans claimed WR Randy Moss off the waiver wire on Wednesday, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. Moss was waived by the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday leading to his placement on the NFL's waiver wire. The deadline to claim him was 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.
The Titans had the 22nd position on the waiver wire, which is based on record from worst to best. This means that 21 teams ahead of the Titans passed on Moss. It's not yet known if anyone after the Titans placed a claim.
A report surfaced on Wednesday indicating that Moss wouldn't necessarily report to the team that claimed him. In fact, he'd reportedly be willing to sit out the season if he didn't like the team that claimed him. Fortunately for the Titans, there are already reports coming out that he will report to the team.
This wraps up quite the month for Randy Moss. In the first week of October, he was being traded from the Patriots to the Vikings. On the last day of October he was on a podium telling reporters that he loved and missed his former teammates and coaches in New England. The following day he was shockingly waived by the Vikings and now he's a Titan.
Check out SB Nation's Music City Miracles to see what Titans fans think about the move.
Don Banks of SI.com has the latest surrounding Randy Moss and where he might end up next. He reports that the Titans have put in a claim on Moss. They're No. 22 on the waiver wire so 21 other teams would have to pass on him. The move makes sense with Kenny Britt going down with a hamstring injury.
Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo said on Wednesday afternoon that his team has yet to make a decision on Moss. They're doing their homework on him and Banks reports the concern lies around how Moss would fit into the Rams locker room.
Who will be Randy Moss's team may not be as important of a question as who will Randy Moss allow to be his next team. While Moss sits on the waiver wire, there are 31 other NFL teams that could claim him and he would contractually obligated to play for that team.
But what if he doesn't want to play? The Boston Herald reports:
If Moss is not happy with the team that claims him, he’s "willing to sit out the season," a source close to Moss told The Herald. That could lead to a difficult situation for any team that claims Moss. So what does he want? "He wants a ring," the source said.
Moss seems to be warning some of non-Super Bowl contenders that he wants to play for a winner. And if you're not a winner -- in Moss's eyes at least -- then he simply won't come play. And isn't it interesting that this report comes from a reporter on the Patriots beat. After Moss's strange but glowing comments about the Patriots last Sunday you have to think he's interested in returning to New England.
There are already some teams that have said they won't be submitting a claim for Moss. This latest report would suggest that, if you're not on the path for a playoff run, then don't bother claiming him.
We'll find out at the 4:00 p.m. waiver wire deadline whether that's the case.
Those interested in him do not include the Browns or Jets, according to reports.
Browns head coach Eric Mangini said on Wednesday that his team did not put in a waiver wire claim on Moss and he didn't think they would go in that direction. The Browns are ninth on the waiver wire priority list so they could have shaken things up by claiming him.
The Jets did not put in a claim either, reports ESPN's Rich Cimini via a league source. A report surfaced on Wednesday that Moss had spent the last day meeting with a few Jets. That nugget of info didn't really mean anything considering Moss's future rests in the hands of the waiver wire and not himself. The Jets held the 29th spot on the waiver wire so they were a long shot to begin with.
The Randy Moss waiver wire deadline comes at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
Where will Randy Moss end up next?
There's a poll on Moss's official website asking that very question. 48 percent of respondents (through about 2,300 votes to this point) say it's the Rams. 36 percent say the Dolphins while 16 percent says the Seahawks. Those are the only three options on the poll. Perhaps an indication of where Moss thinks he might be going?
We've been saying that the Rams make an awful lot of sense. They were involved in the Vincent Jackson trade rumors, already lost their No. 1 receiver to injury, need a top receiver for Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick, and are sitting in playoff contention in the weak NFC West.
Of all the teams mentioned above, the Rams are first in the waiver wire at No. 13. Directly after them are three teams that could make a claim as well: Raiders, Redskins and Seahawks. All those teams have been rumored to be interested (though it's only fair to mention that nearly every team has been rumored to be interested in some form or fashion).
The deadline for teams to issue a waiver wire claim on Randy Moss will come at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Moss was officially waived by the Vikings on Tuesday and entered the waiver wire. His future will now be decided by 31 other NFL teams in the order of worst to first.
Moss is expected to draw a "boatload" of claims from various NFL teams. He's too talented for some team on the verge of being playoff contenders not to take a chance on.
There are plenty of theories floating around on who may or may not claim Moss. The Rams and Seahawks both reportedly made a run at Vincent Jackson so you have to think they're candidates for Moss. Both teams are also in the playoff hunt through Week 8. Past history says the Redskins will be involved in any big-name player out there. The Raiders can't be counted out either even with Moss's last debacle in Oakland. The Dolphins may want to block him from the Jets. Speaking of the Jets, they were rumored to have met with Moss on Tuesday, although that's being disputed. The Chiefs have reason for a guy like Moss but would he fit in the locker room? Then there's the Patriots, who traded Moss at the beginning of the month. It would be Bill Belichick style to bring him back a month later at no cost.
Moss has a $6.4 million contract so whoever claims him will also claim his contract. It runs through just the 2010 season.
We'll be finding out in a matter of hours who -- if anyone -- claimed Randy Moss off the waiver wire.
On Monday Vikings head coach Brad Childress told his team they were releasing Randy Moss saying, "This just doesn’t fit with how we treat people, how we talk to people and how we act," a source told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. We've all heard stories involving Moss but the latest one to which Childress is apparently referring came last Friday when the team had food catered into the locker room.
On a usual Friday, a local restaurant supplied the food and set it up in the locker room serving it to the players. Moss, according to Silver, was very loud in expressing his displeasure for the food saying, "What the [expletive]? Who ordered this crap? I wouldn’t feed this to my dog!"
That rubbed some players the wrong way, according to one player who talked to Silver.
"This wasn’t a chain – it was a mom-and-pop restaurant, and you could tell it was their best stuff. They had a special carving station set up, and there were players and other support staff lining up to eat it. And [Moss] is at his locker saying, ‘You know, I used to have to eat that crap – but now I’ve got money.’ You just felt so sad for them. I had never seen anyone treated like that."
The player said Moss "deserved to be cut" after witnessing that.
I would be sympathetic to the Vikings here if Moss didn't come to Minnesota with a reputation for being a nuisance like this. The Vikings knew -- or should have known -- what they were getting in Moss. Now that it hasn't worked out they're going to blame his release on something they should (or did) have known about him from the start.
News broke early on Monday afternoon that Vikings head coach Brad Childress had informed the team the Vikings had waived WR Randy Moss. The reaction of course was total confusion. But hours later the move had yet to be made official with the league causing some to wonder if Childress acted on his own with this move. It's normal for head coaches to consult with the owner on significant roster moves such as this one.
It apparently didn't rise to a fireable offense, considering it was Childress who released a statement on behalf of the team Monday night. But it's hard to imagine Childress sitting in high standing with ownership after this episode.
From the various accounts we've heard it sounds like Moss was melting down in Minnesota. His post-game speech after the Vikings loss to the Patriots included a couple of criticisms of Childress. Perhaps the Vikings head coach wanted to get Moss out of there before he cost him his job. The ironic part is that now it appears Childress may not be around for much longer anyway.
"I just thought, ‘You’re kidding, right?’ This is nuts. We’re just getting to the point where he’s getting on page with [quarterback] Brett [Favre] and the offense is starting to really move the ball and then we do this."
One argument we've been hearing is that Moss has lost it and he's no longer effective. He has just 13 receptions for 174 yards and a pair of TDs in four games with Minnesota this year. Cole's team sources dispute the notion that he's no longer effective on the field.
"Look at the tape. Look at the coverages," one of the sources said. "Look at what he does for everybody else. Percy [Harvin] is running free all over the field right now. The running game is moving along. I don’t even care about the fact that he’s smarter than everybody on the coaching staff. He’s a game-changer.
What I think people are forgetting is what Moss does to everyone else on the field. He immediately commands the attention of the defense and tends to open the middle of the field. That would affect Vikings WR Percy Harvin, who was reportedly "livid" with the decision to waive Moss.
Even if he's not the target on a particular play, his skill set still changes the game and it appears those in the Vikings organization knows that.
Less than 24 hours after news broke that the Vikings plan to waive WR Randy Moss, ESPN's Adam Schefter has tabbed five teams that could be in line to acquire him off the waiver wire. We're still in the speculative stages since Moss has yet to actually be waived but here are the five teams Schefter suggests could claim him.
Rams: They were reportedly one of the teams interested in Vincent Jackson and their top receiver is out for the year so this definitely makes a lot of sense. Add in there that the Rams are now sitting in second place in the NFC West and legitimate playoff contenders in arguably the weakest division in football and I can certainly see this happening.
Raiders: Like the Rams, the Raiders are surprise contenders so that's a reason they would look at Moss. This though would be a surprising move after Moss's first failed stint in Oakland.
Redskins: Daniel Snyder's past history would suggest he's willing to take on the remaining balance of Moss's contract. Also, Donovan McNabb is no spring chicken so the Redskins are in more of a win-now mode than other teams.
Seahawks: They also went after Vincent Jackson so you know they want a receiver. They were one of the first teams to reach out to Moss's agent after news broke.
The Seattle Seahawks are one of the teams surely interested in the services of Randy Moss, once the Vikings officially put him on waivers Tuesday. Seattle blog Field Gulls weighs the pros and cons of signing Moss to determine whether or not it’s a worthy endeavor:
Moss is a superstar wide receiver.
Moss is 33 and nearing 34, and his years as the best wide receiver in the NFL are probably over, but he is still one of the very best wide receivers in football. His speed, frame, ability to get away with offensive pass interference, ball skills and leaping ability force safety help deep. Anything but the very best corners in football are a liability matched one-on-one against Moss, and that ability to shift coverage schemes opens up underneath passing routes and the run game.
Seattle, as currently constructed, probably can not take advantage of Moss’s ability.
Any one of Deon Butler, Mike Williams and Golden Tate could be a deep threat, but none have proven capable of stretching the field in this offense. Adding a player like Moss may be adding another capable receiver to an offense that needs everything but.
Signing Moss is playing with fire…but signing Moss also has clear value, if Seattle can be sure Moss can succeed in this offense as constructed. Or, potentially, if the Seahawks think a shakeup of some sort, the return of Russell Okung or the substitution of Charlie Whitehurst for Matt Hasselbeck, can be enough for Moss to succeed in Seattle. In that scenario, Moss is both very valuable and very inexpensive for the 2010 Seahawks, and, potentially, the future of the Seahawks whether he’s re-signed or not.
Vikings head coach Brad Childress released a statement on Monday night making official that news that the team is going to release receiver Randy Moss.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Childress made the following statement: "This decision was made based on what we thought was in the best interests of the Vikings, both in the short and long term. We wish Randy the best as he moves forward in his career."
Moss will be officially released on Tuesday but won't be able to be claimed by other teams until Wednesday at the earliest.
According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, Randy Moss was not included on the waiver wire listing that went out to NFL teams on Monday. That means that Moss has not been officially waived, though by all indications, the move is still expected to happen soon.
Glazer also reported that while Vikings head coach Brad Childress said Moss has yet to be officially waived, Childress is intent on doing it and that Moss has yet to be informed by the team of its plans.
The Minnesota Vikings on Monday surprised the NFL world by releasing WR Randy Moss, for whom they had traded less than a month prior. We've yet to hear from anyone on the record regarding the reasons for Moss's release and his agent tells the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he was "very sad" to hear the news on Monday.
"Randy is very sad to find out about being waived by the Vikings this morning," Moss' agent, Joel Segal, said in an e-mail to the Star Tribune. "He has and always will remain fond of the fans in Minnesota. We will let the process of the waiver wire take its course and we will move on from there."
The way Moss talked on Sunday evening after the Vikings lost to the Patriots the words "very sad" wouldn't come to mind. Moss spent several minutes praising his former New England teammates saying how much he missed them. He even ended it with this gem: "I don't know how many more times I'm going to be up here in New England, but I'm going to leave the New England Patriots, Coach Belichick, man, with a salute, man. I love you guys, I miss you, I'm out."
The next step: Finding out by 4:00 p.m. Tuesday whether Moss was claimed off the waiver wire.
The Minnesota Vikings released Randy Moss on Monday sending a shock through the NFL community. Now that the news has settled in the 31 other teams in the league are going to have to decide if they want to claim him off of waivers (here are the NFL waiver wire rules). There are plenty of teams that are intrigued by the on-the-field Randy Moss but likely an equal number of teams that are scared away by the off-the-field Randy Moss.
The Dolphins currently have Brandon Marshall who is more of a possession receiver. Adding Moss would give them a new dynamic with the deep ball.The Dolphins would also want to block his return to New England, Zulgad reports.
The Seahawks meanwhile were one of the teams that reportedly were interested in Vincent Jackson early on so we know they're looking for a receiver. The Seahawks are in first place of the NFC West so they have reason to add a dynamic player like Moss even if it is for just one year.
Any of the teams that were interested in Vincent Jackson would likely be interested in Randy Moss.
We'll find out on Tuesday afternoon whether Moss is claimed and, if so, by whom.
The Vikings players aren't saying much on the topic. Vikings LB Ben Leber tells the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that Childress informed the team of Moss's release during a meeting but didn't specify the reason.
"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 said. "He didn't really dive into any details, and just said that's what were going to go with."
Apparently the Vikings weren't thrilled with Moss. We're not sure of the specifics -- and apparently neither is Ben Leber -- but Moss's post-game rant when he expressed how much he loved New England at multiple points likely didn't help. There are a lot of things the Vikings would tolerate with Moss if they were winning. But sitting in the middle of a disappointing season maybe Moss was doing more damage than good in Minnesota.
It'll be interesting to note how the rest of the Vikings react to the news. When the Patriots traded him you saw plenty of Patriots players along with Bill Belichick talk about how great he was. Will they do the same in Minnesota now that he's gone?
Note: Arrowhead Pride has broken down the NFL Waiver Wire rules for everyone.
What happens now? Randy Moss now enters the waiver wire.
How is the waiver wire order determined? Before Sept. 28, the waiver wire goes in the order of the NFL's worst team to best team based on last year's records. After Sept. 28, the waiver wire changes each week based on the current worst and best record in the NFL.
What is his salary if he's claimed? His salary remains the same assuming someone claims him. That would be $6.4 million with nine game checks remaining.
What if he's not claimed? Then he becomes a restricted free agent and can sign anywhere. He would have to negotiate a new contract at that point as well and he would be paid by the Vikings the remainder of his salary.
Now that the Vikings have released Randy Moss he goes to the waiver wire. That means the rest of the NFL will get a crack at claiming him starting with the NFL's worst -- Buffalo Bills -- and ending with the NFL's best -- New England Patriots.
Michael Lombardi, who originally broke the story, predicts on NFL Network that Moss goes unclaimed. Any team that claims him also claims his contract and he's due $6.4 million in 2010 and is scheduled to be a free agent in 2011.
There are plenty of teams who should want Randy Moss on the field. The Bills could use a playmaker on offense. So could the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers, who are near the top of the waiver wire. On the other side of that, those teams likely don't want to deal with some of the off-the-field baggage Moss brings, especially if they're not going to be competing in the playoffs. Maybe a team like Washington, who is on the brink of being a playoff contender, would want to bring him on for the stretch run.
There's going to be some team out there thinking awfully hard about claiming him. We all know how talented he is on the field. But is he worth the hassle?
The waiver wire deadline comes at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon at which point we should find out if anyone claims him.
The Minnesota Vikings traded for Randy Moss from the New England Patriots at the beginning of October. By the start of November, Moss is gone. Michael Lombardi of NFL Network reports the Vikings have waived Randy Moss.
The news is incredibly shocking considering the Vikings gave up a third round pick for him less than a month to go.
On Sunday after the Vikings lost to the Patriots, Moss spent five minutes talking to reporters and included several almost bizarre references to how much he misses New England and loves his former teammates.
"Man, I miss them guys, man. I miss the team. It was hard for me to come here and play."
"I don't know how many more times I'm going to be up here in New England, but I'm going to leave the New England Patriots, Coach Belichick, man, with a salute, man. I love you guys, I miss you, I'm out."
We're not sure the exact reasoning behind the release but that has to play a role in it somehow. Moss's release comes as the Vikings drop to 2-5 and nearing a complete meltdown.
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