Patriots poised to send Randy Moss to Vikes for draft pick

by Kelly MacNeil on October 6, 2010

In a surprising turn of events, it looks like Randy Moss is ready to make his return to the Minnesota Vikings. ESPN.com reports that sources close to the New England Patriots told NFL insider Adam Schefter that the team is inching closer to a trade that would send the receiver back to the Vikings in exchange for a 2011 third round pick.

The move comes after an off-season in which Moss became increasingly outspoken about the status of his contract. The seven-time Pro Bowler has not been resigned, and prior to the first game of the season he vented some frustration to the media.

“When you have done so much and put so much work in, it kind of feels like I am not wanted,” Moss told reporters on September 6. “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. It is not like my production has gone down.”

The website reports that even after New England’s week-one win, The Boston Herald cited several sources that indicated he wanted a trade from the three-time Super Bowl champions.

While the trade talks with Minnesota were sudden, they were not completely unexpected. Moss’ effort has been questionable at times, and in the Patriots 41-14 routing of the Miami Dolphins on Monday night, he failed to record a catch for the first time in New England.

The trade will certainly help a struggling 1-2 Vikings team, who is looking for a deep threat to replace the injured Sidney Rice. Moss spent his first seven seasons with Minnesota, where he caught 90 touchdown passes, including a rookie record of 17 in 1998, and led the team to a pair of NFC Championship appearances.

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