FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Randy Moss feels this likely will be his final year in New England.
Addressing the media after the Patriots season-opening 38-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon, Moss claimed he is not "appreciated" by the organization from a business standpoint.
At the same time, the veteran wideout, nicknamed Super Freak for his unique package of speed and size, insisted he will not dog it on the field this season, the final year of his contract.
"I don't want this to be negative," Moss said. "I want to be here. But from a business standpoint this probably will be my final season as a Patriot."
Moss said there has been no contact with the Pats about a new deal.
"Nothing has been discussed, no letters have been exchanged ... I know this is my last year (of my contract) and I just want to have a good year.
"Look guys, this stopped being football after high school and college. This is now a job. And I have to look out for me and my family," said Moss, who will earn about $7 million US this season.
Asked about his relationship with Pats owner Bob Kraft, Moss replied: "It's fair."
"I'm not a rookie. I've been in this league for 13 years. If I get an offer after the season, I consider that a slap in the face," he added.
"I'm not being disrespectful. I'm excited about the win. I'm looking to have a great year."
Moss understands the timing of his comments - just 45 minutes after his team's season-opening victory - will be construed negatively by the public.
"In my journey over 13 years, a lot of people don't like me," Moss said. "Well, I don't really give a damn if people don't like me."
In the bizarre world of Randy Moss, Sunday's comments indicate one thing is dominating his thoughts right now - Show him the money.