Moss to Vikings done deal

Randy Moss was traded to Vikings for a 2011 draft pick on Wednesday. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Randy Moss was traded to Vikings for a 2011 draft pick on Wednesday. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

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FOXBORO, Mass. -- Randy Moss is headed back to the place where he started his illustrious career, as the Minnesota Vikings sent a draft pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for the future Hall of Fame wideout.

While the teams did not disclose the draft choice, several reports indicated the Patriots will receive a third-round pick in the 2011 draft, meaning they will now have two selections in each of the first four rounds in next year's draft.

"We feel very good about the opportunity to add a player of Randy Moss' calibre to this football team," said Vikings head coach Brad Childress. "He is a tremendous competitor and was an integral member of the Vikings organization from 1998-2004...I know the entire organization is thrilled to welcome him back to the Twin Cities and look forward to his contributions."

The trade talks between the clubs apparently came to fruition after Moss was held without a reception in New England's 41-14 drubbing of Miami on Monday.

The rumblings began when Moss, in the final year of his contract, ruffled feathers following the Pats' season-opening win over Cincinnati by saying he was playing his last season with the Patriots and indicating he was not appreciated by the franchise.

"Over the course of the past several months, I have spoken with Randy and his representative about Randy's place on our team and his future in football," Pats head coach Bill Belichick said. "While I will keep private the details of internal conversations with players and staff, suffice it to say that many things were taken into consideration before making the trade. In this business, there are complex and often difficult decisions, but it is my responsibility to make them based on what I feel is best for our football team, in both the short term and long term. I am grateful for the opportunity to have coached Randy Moss and aside from facing him as an opponent, I wish him the very best for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career."

According to several reports, Moss did not agree to a new deal with the Vikings, who were looking to inject a deep threat in their struggling passing game. Minnesota, which ranks 14th in the NFC with an average of 185 yards per game through the air, has reportedly been searching for another option for quarterback Brett Favre since Pro Bowl receiver Sidney Rice has been sidelined due to hip surgery.

Minnesota is next in action on Monday against the New York Jets. The Vikings also play the Patriots in Foxboro on Oct. 31.

Moss spent the first seven years of his career with the Vikes, who selected the Marshall product with the 21st overall pick in the 1998 draft. He made an immediate impact on the league, catching 17 touchdowns in his first season.

Following his first stint with the Vikings, Moss played two years with the Oakland Raiders before joining the Patriots, who acquired the wide receiver with a fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft. The Raiders used the extra pick to select Cincinnati cornerback John Bowie, who played a total of five games for the club.

The 33-year-old Moss holds the NFL single-season touchdown reception record with 23, set in 2007 in his first year with the Patriots. In 189 career games, he has 935 career catches for 14,604 yards with 151 TD's, good for second all- time to Jerry Rice (197).


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