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Vikings waive Randy Moss... or do they?
Posted Nov. 01 at 05:37 AM
The NFL season just keeps getting stranger. Just a few weeks after giving up a third-round pick to get him, the Vikings reportedly waived Randy Moss. Or did they? Apparently, it hasn't officially happened yet.
Details can be seen right here. Moss' departure, if it happens, can't be an issue of talent, so odds are it has something to do with him criticizing the coaching staff after the loss to the Patriots, saying they didn't listen to the insights he offered up.
It's seemingly good news for Percy Harvin, who suffered an ankle injury in yesterday's game. He returned, but was seen limping after the game. You'd think Minnesota wouldn't dump Moss if Harvin, too, was expected to miss any time, but then again you never know.
If Moss is eventually released, he might certainly be claimed on waivers by some team; I'll toss out San Diego as a possibility. And what about Chicago or Detroit; why shouldn't Moss make the rounds in the NFC North? And let's not rule out Cincinnati, just for the humor of it.
I suppose this benefits Bernard Berrian, but Berrian didn't do anything before the team acquired Moss. Greg Camarillo is also a possibility. Maybe it suggests that Sidney Rice is close to returning from hip surgery.
Pretty bizarre, though, that Minnesota would release a player they gave up a third-rounder for so easily. They're not out of the playoff race yet, with the schedule getting far easier over the next month than it's been to this point.
Posted by Duane Stay | Nov. 01 at 08:18 AM
Childress will need to commute from Wisconsin to practice, because there's a lynching party developing in Minnesota. His days are numbered. Great Halloween costume... Childress's contract extension... I got egged!
Posted by DAVID DIGREGORIO | Nov. 01 at 09:18 AM
NFL network says Childress has a clause in his contract giving him complete control over personnel. Seems the owner didn't even know about the release until after it was done. They just threw away a third round draft pick. This seems like a kick the dog situation. Chilly couldn't kick Favre, so he took his frustration out on Moss. This raises the question of who goes first, Chilly or Favre?
Posted by IAN ALLAN | Nov. 01 at 09:45 AM
The Vikings have been involved in some unusual personnel developments over the years. Mike Lynn ignoring the rest of the front office and making the big trade for Herschel Walker. The team getting its pick in too late and dropping from No. 6 to No. 7 in the 2002 draft. Now Childress trying to dump Moss on his own a month after the trade. Strange franchise.
Posted by JUSTIN ELEFF | Nov. 01 at 01:58 PM
That draft snafu - it was 2003, I think, not 2002, and they dropped from wherever (I believe 7: Byron Leftwich) to 9 - went away because Kevin Williams turned out to be so, so good. Can you imagine if the next team had snagged him, and Minny had grabbed a bust? But Williams wound up sandwiched between two pretty good players: Jordan Gross and Terrell Suggs. So no harm, no real foul.
Posted by David Grace | Nov. 01 at 03:49 PM
I'm mystified as to how Childress has kept his job this long. He is a terrible coach, though he has put together a very talented roster. How do you cut a guy you just traded for when all he has done is act just the way he always has? If this behavior is unacceptable, why did you get him in the first place? Moss has done this stuff every where he's been. This is so moronic it pains me, and I'm a Packers fan!
Posted by MIKE GEORGE | Nov. 01 at 10:40 PM
I remember Childress at UW-Madison. As their off. coordinator he was terrible. Then he goes to Philly as their off. coord. and is somehow deemed worthy of a head coaching job - when everyone knows Andy Reid was calling the plays. Mike Tice, Brad Childress ... who's next, Mike Martz in 2011?
Posted by stephen hicks | Nov. 02 at 02:25 AM
If he is released, is there any rule that prohibits Moss from re-signing with the Patriots? That would be the ultimate irony.
Posted by Richard Muth | Nov. 02 at 02:59 AM
No rule against this. "Patriots trade Randy Moss for a 3rd round pick and Randy Moss."
Posted by Roy Sherman | Nov. 02 at 07:05 AM
Maybe if they (Minn) sat Favre this past weekend, Moss would still be there. As far as where Moss will land, I think it would be great if he ended up in NE again.
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