Vikings Waive Moss After Just Four Games

Posted: November 2, 2010 in News
Randy Moss

Randy Moss wore out his welcome back to Minnesota. Now he find's himself homeless - but for how long? (nj.com)

Just a month after acquiring Randy Moss from the New England Patriots, the Minnesota Vikings have decided to part ways with the future Hall of Fame wide receiver.

Vikings head coach Brad Childress said in a statement after last weekend’s game against the Patriots that the team and Moss would split ways, wishing Moss the best of luck else where.

“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,” Childress said. “We wish Randy the best as he moves forward in his career.”

The sudden divorce makes skeptics wonder truly is going on up in Minnesota. First and foremost, the Brett Favre drama consumes the media’s attention like he was the President of the United States. Then comes the talks about Favre and Childress being in constant arguments about play calling. And now Moss’s release has turned out to be the cherry on top. Following the loss in New England Sunday, Moss addressed reporters bluntly stating that he will refuse to answer any further questions for the remainder of the 2010 season, except for those he decides to ask himself aloud. This statement was in response to a $25K fine Moss was slapped with for failing to comply with the media weeks ago.

The Vikings will waive Moss formally today, making him eligible to go to any of the league’s remaining 31 franchises. Any team may enter a waiver claim for the receiver. The league will be notified via e-mail who will be awarded the claim. However, none of the other teams will know who submitted waiver claims except for who wins his rights. The team with the worst record (Buffalo Bills) have first dibs at Moss. If they pass on making a claim, then the next team with the worst record has the opportunity and so on all the way up to the team at the top of the league (New England Patriots).

Should no team decide to pick-up Moss, the Vikings will have to pay his remaining $3.4M on his contract. This then will then in essence make him an unrestricted free agent, allowing him to join whichever team he likes.

Of the potential suitors for Moss, the following list makes the most sense to me in order of most logical destinations: Rams, Chiefs, Redskins, Bears, Seahawks, Dolphins, Cowboys, and Raiders. Of course any team may decide to invoke a claim to try and prevent an opponent from claiming Moss (i.e. the Jets decide to put in a claim as they have a higher priority than the Patriots). There may be additional teams who consider adding the 7-time Pro Bowler who could have Moss fall right into their laps should the rest of the NFL decide to stray away from the added media attention and surely unavoidable drama.

 Whether he ends up being claimed or go to free agency, the only thing we know is that Moss has once again burned a bridge. It is unknown if anyone will be willing to pay up for a player who seems to just bring negative attention wherever he goes. Not only that, but the statistics have proven that Moss may not be the player he once was. He leads the NFL in dropped passes this season with 21. Is he worth the risk? That remains to be unseen.

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