Sources: Randy Moss Trade To Vikings Is Done
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Patriots have traded WR Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Though no official word has been released, sources say the Vikings will send a 2011 3rd round draft pick to the Patriots, who will send Moss and a 7th round pick back to the Vikings. New England will have double picks in Rounds 1,2,3 and 4 of next year’s draft.
It all started with a (now erased) Bill Simmons (@sportsguy33) tweet: “Moss Vikings”.
Simmons later claimed he was DM’ing the message during a conversation between friends, but the damage was done and the rumors began….
Within an hour of the Simmons tweet, several respected NFL sources were reporting, that the New England Patriots and the Minnesota Vikings were discussing a deal that would send Randy Moss back to the Vikings.
Moss has been unhappy with his contract situation with the Patriots since his week 1 diatribe, when his agent Joel Segal made contact with the team’s front-office regarding a trade. To make matters worse, Moss caught NO passes in the Pats 41-14 defeat of the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night. It should be noted that Moss’ brother Eric still lives in Minnesota, and his family still loves the area.
The 7-time Pro Bowler was the 1st round draft pick of the Vikings in 1998, and spent 7 seasons as the most dominating receiver in the NFL. After a short stint in Oakland, New England traded a 4th round pick for Moss in 2007, who then set an NFL record with 23 TD catches in his 1st season in Foxboro.
The Patriots are a notoriously cheap franchise, as only QB Tom Brady gets paid the money he deserves. The Patriots lost long-time defensive lineman Richard Seymour to the Raiders because of an unwillingness to break bread, and refused to soften their stance with Moss.
Several reports have said that the deal was contingent upon Moss and the Vikings agreeing on a contract extension or new deal, as Moss is in the final year of a 3-year $27-million dollar contract.
But ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Moss and the Vikings haven’t discussed a new deal, and that Moss would be heading to Minnesota without a new contract.
Moss is said to be looking for a deal worth somewhere near 10-million per season and if you know anything about Moss, he is about his money, straight cash homie.
League sources had privately said that they would be “shocked” if the deal didn’t happen by Wednesday or Thursday, it appears they were correct.