Report: Vikings release Randy Moss

Posted Nov. 01, 2010 @ 3:39 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 4:45 p.m. ET

Only four weeks after trading for the All-Pro wide receiver, the Vikings have reportedly released Randy Moss. NFL Network's Michael Lombardi first reported the story.

Moss played four games with Minnesota in 2010, catching 13 passes for 174 yards and two TDs. The team had a 1-3 record in those contests and is near the bottom of the NFC with a 2-5 record this season.

PFW Vikings correspondent and Minneapolis Star-Tribune reporter Judd Zulgad tweeted that Childress told the team the receiver had been waived at a meeting this morning. Moss was not present at the meeting, as the team allowed him to stay in Boston until Wednesday to be with his family.

In an email to the Star-Tribune, Moss' agent Joel Segal said, "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."

One person with knowledge of the situation told Zulgad that Childress told the team that Moss' actions were not the way things were done around the Vikings organization or how people were to be treated.

Moss will go to the waiver wire and teams will have an opportunity to claim him in reverse order of their current record. Segal told the Star-Tribune that he has heard from the Seahawks and Dolphins about a possible claim. NFL Network's Jason La Canfora said several general managers told him Moss could end up back in New England (the Patriots have the best record in the NFL and would be last in the waiver order).

Moss returned to New England in Week Eight and faced the team who traded him away on Oct. 6. After the game, where he made one catch for eight yards in a 28-18 Patriots win, Moss went on a long rant to reporters, saying he missed his former teammates and was unsure of his future in purple and gold.

"When I got drafted by Minnesota, and I think I said this a couple weeks ago, I think I felt obligated to bring a Super Bowl to Minnesota," Moss said on Sunday. "And this season is still not over. Do I know what next season and the future is going to bring? No, I do not. But all I can say is that it's a lot of work that we leave on the field each day."

On Monday, an hour before Moss' release was reported by Lombardi, Vikings head coach Brad Childress was asked if he regretted trading for Moss. His response was, "Do I regret acquiring him? Not at present I don't, no."