It’s official. Several media outlets are confirming that the New England Patriots will in fact trade Randy Moss back to the team that originally drafted him. The Minnesota Vikings will send a third-round pick in 2011 back to New England in return for Moss.
It had been suggested that Moss would require a contract extension but no extension was reached and Moss will be reporting to the Vikings as early as today. The Vikings plan to have him in uniform for their upcoming game against the New York Jets.
The Vikings are in desperate need of play makers in their passing game and Moss has played that role as good if not better than any wide receiver since Jerry Rice. This deal could help the Vikings get back into the NFC playoff picture as well as the division standings.
ESPN’s Bill Simmons accidentally tweeted that the Patriots could be sending Randy Moss back to the Vikings which has got the rumor mill going after today’s trade of Marshawn Lynch seemed cool things down a bit.
Since then FOX Sports’s Jay Galzer has confirmed that the Patriots and Vikings have discussed a trade but added that the deal would require the Vikings to have new contract in place for Randy Moss.
Early into the season Moss mentioned that he was feeling unwanted by the Patriots but later downplayed his frustrations with the team. Moss finished last nights game without a single catch which is even more surprising when you consider that the Patriots scored 41 points.
Pro Football Talk reports that Moss has yet to begin negotiations with the Vikings on a new contract. PFT adds that he would be looking for a deal in the range of $9 million per season.
Albert Breer of the NFL Network is reporting that “no one is shooting this down, when given the chance to.” He adds that he is getting the feeling that “something’s happening.”
Jay Glazer has since mentioned that a deal could get done even if Moss isn’t given a new contract.
Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald has news that the Patriots have said ”there is no trade.” This could be interpreted in several ways. So far no one has said that a deal has been reached but that the two teams have been working on a trade.