Breaking News: Minnesota Vikings Waive Randy Moss
One day following a one-catch, eight-yard performance in the loss to New England, the Minnesota Vikings have waived wide receiver Randy Moss, according to the NFL Network.
In four games since coming over in a trade from the Patriots, Moss caught 13 passes for 174 yards with two touchdowns. He wasn’t much of a factor in Sunday’s loss. The team has gone 1-3 since his arrival.
After being fined $25,000 by the NFL for not cooperating with the media over the last couple of weeks, Moss announced Sunday that he’d no longer be fielding questions from reporters, but rather asking and answering them himself.
Last week, Moss made it known that he didn’t appreciate the Vikings not listening to his advice with regards to certain plays the Patriots may have been running. He criticized the coaching staff in his bizarre media session, and showed his admiration for the Patriots.
In his press conference Monday, head coach Brad Childress said he disagreed that the team ignored Moss’ advice. He also did not announce the move.
Moss did not travel back to Minnesota with the team after the game, but rather stayed in the Boston area in order to spend some time with family.
The Buffalo Bills, owners of the NFL’s worst record, have the first shot at claiming Moss off of waivers. The Patriots, with the league’s best record, are 32nd in line.
ESPN is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, and Patriots may all be interested in claiming the wide receiver.
If no team claims him after 24 hours, he will become an unrestricted free agent.
So, why did the Vikings waive him?
With Sidney Rice, who caught 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns last season, possibly returning soon from a hip injury, perhaps the team didn’t think it needed to put up with Moss’ drama any longer.
Minnesota has a fairly favorable upcoming schedule (on paper, at least), so they must feel confident that they’ll be able to rebound from their 2-5 start without the services of the former All-Pro receiver.
Stay tuned for more news as it develops.