Yesterday Randy Moss spoke with CBSSports.com about his current situation with the Patriots and mentioned that he feels “unwanted” by the team.
Bill Belichick was asked about Moss’s comments by reporters today and said the following:
“I would just say on Randy that he is a professional,” Belichick said, in comments distributed by the team. “He’s had a good training camp. He’s played very well since he’s been here. He’s played at a very high level and I hope that continues. He’s brought a lot of passion to the game — for the game — since he’s been here. He’s well liked and he’s well respected on the team.”
Belichick’s mentioned nothing about the possibility of the Patriots signing Moss to a long-term contract. His praise for Moss may have been an attempt to try to keep Moss in good spirits while heading into the start of the season.
Moss has developed a perception around the NFL as being a player that will quit if he’s not taken care of (his Raiders years). The Patriots will be forced to confront this situation at some point in the season, especially after Brady gets his new deal done.
Randy Moss could be the next valuable veteran to be let go by the Patriots. Moss is in the last year of his contract and isn’t happy about his current contract situation with the team.
“When you have done so much and put so much work in, it kind of feels like I am not wanted,” Moss explained to William Bendetson of CBSSports.com. “I am taking that in stride and playing my final year out and whatever the future holds is what it holds, but it is kind of a bad feeling — feeling not wanted.”
Normally you could assume that this is another wide-receiver stirring the pot by adding some drama to his situation but the Patriots have a history of letting veterans walk.
The team has traded Richard Seymour to the Oakland Raiders and let Asante Samuel leave via free agency to the Philadelphia Eagles in years past. The Patriots still have yet to give a new contract to the franchise’s most valuable player Tom Brady and they seem to be ok moving on without Pro-Bowl left guard Logan Mankins.
Moss is aware of his position with the team and understand the nature of the business.
“I am a little older and understand the nature of the business — the older you get the more your skills supposedly diminish, but I think I am getting wiser in how to use my physical skills,” Moss said. “That’s the frustrating part when you put so much heart and desire into things and feel like you are not wanted.”
If players like Donald Driver can get a two-year extension, Randy Moss will defiantly draw interest from several ball clubs.