Childress makes statement on Moss release

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Eden Prairie, MN - Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress released a statement Monday night regarding the team's decision to release wide receiver Randy Moss.

"This decision was made based on what we thought was in the best interests of the Minnesota Vikings, both in the short and long term," Childress said. "We wish Randy the best as he moves forward in his career."

The NFL Network reported the move Monday afternoon, one day after Moss was held to one reception for eight yards in the Vikings' 28-18 loss at New England.

Minnesota will make the move official Tuesday.

According to multiple sources, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the decision to place Moss on waivers was hastened due to comments the wide receiver made in the postgame press conference.

Among the issues Moss raised following Sunday's loss, was his revelation that he did not plan to take questions from the media for the remainder of the season, along with comments praising the Patriots and criticizing the Vikings. Moss had been fined $25,000 last week for failing to cooperate with the media after Minnesota's loss at Green bay.

The paper also reported that Childress attempted damage control in his own postgame remarks, but decided to leave Moss in Boston while the rest of the team returned to Minnesota.

Moss had been dealt from New England to Minnesota on October 6 for a third-round pick in 2011, after posting just nine receptions for 139 yards and three touchdowns in four games for the Patriots.

In four games with the Vikings, the Marshall product compiled 13 catches for 174 yards and a pair of scores.

Moss has 24 hours to be claimed off waivers by any of the remaining 29 teams. If so, the team that selects him will be responsible for $6.4 million of his base salary. Moss' agent Joel Segal was quoted in the paper as saying that the Dolphins and Seahawks have expressed interest.

Should Moss go unclaimed, he will become a free agent while the remainder of his contract will be paid by the Vikings. In addition to that payout, Moss will be able to collect money from a new deal with another team.


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