In a statement released by the team, the New England Patriots confirmed the signing of free agent wide receiver Randy Moss today. Moss, 31, rejoins the Patriots after a record-setting year in 2007. The former Marshall product signed a three-year $27 million deal with $15 million guaranteed. $12 million comes in the form of a signing bonus according to Moss' agent Tim DiPiero.
Head coach Bill Belichick was pleased to have the team's franchise leading receiver back in the fold.
"What Randy did for our team last year was outstanding. He is one of our most consistent, competitive and team-oriented players and it is undoubtedly a relationship we are excited to continue," said Belichick in a statement.
Moss' decision to return came with much emotional attachment by the wide out to the fans and the team's quarterback.
"I want to take a time out to thank all of the fans for their support and for wishing me well in my return to New England," said Moss in a statement on his website (therealrandymoss.com). "I'm ready to get back. We have some unfinished business to take care of."
Reports out of Philadelphia indicate that Moss accepted less to return to New England to be with Tom Brady. Moss' agent confirmed that notion via e-mail. "Because of Randy's record-breaking year, the interest in him was very high. Randy took less than he could have to rejoin his teammates."
With Moss back in the fold, the Patriots regain their 1-2 punch of Wes Welker and Moss as the team's dual 1,000 yard receiving tandem.
In addition to re-signing Moss, the Patriots announced the signing of receiver Sam Aiken. Aiken, 27, has been a member of the Bills since the team selected him in the fourth round (127th overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound receiver joins the Patriots with a strong reputation as one of the better special teams players in the league.
A source close to Aiken confirmed to Patriots Insider that the former Bill received a two year deal. Additionally the deal is reportedly worth up to 2 million with incentives and bonuses.