Right at the start of the Monday night game between the Colts and Texans, Vikings head coach Brad Childress released a statement on the team's website regarding the impending release of WR Randy Moss:
"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. We wish Randy the best as he moves forward in his career."
NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reported early Monday afternoon that Vikings head coach Brad Childress told the players that the team had waived Moss, adding that Moss' actions were not the way things were done around the organization.
Moss' agent, Joel Segal, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "Randy is very sad to find out about being waived by the Vikings this morning. 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."
But when the waiver deadline passed at 4 p.m. ET, Moss was not on the list. NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported that Moss had not been informed of his release.
The move was Childress' decision, and Lombardi reported the front office was "surprised" to hear of the release.
When Moss is waived officially on Tuesday, teams have 24 hours to claim him and the remaining $6.4 million on his base salary. We will know who won the battle to claim Moss by 4 p.m ET on Wednesday. He will become a free agent if he is not claimed. Segal said that the Seahawks and Dolphins had contacted him about Moss.