Less than a month after the Patriots traded Randy Moss to the Vikings for a third-round draft pick the All-Pro receiver finds himself on the open market as Minnesota shockingly released the future Hall of Famer a day after losing to New England.
Following the Vikings' 28-18 loss to the Patriots in his return to Gillette Stadium Sunday evening in Foxborough, Moss held a four-minute monologue press conference in which he showed displeasure for being fine $25,000 by the league for not speaking with the media, heaped endless praise on his former New England's teammates and coach, and questioned Brad Childress decision to pass up a field goal late in the first half with the teams tied 7-7.
Moss then reportedly remained in the Boston area while his Vikings teammates flew back to Minnesota and by the next day Childress was advising his team that Moss was being waived.
Now, the buzz-worthy question in New England is whether there is any chance that Moss could actually rejoin the Patriots. He must go through the waiver process, meaning the 6-1 Patriots would have the last chance to claim the mercurial deep threat. If he clears waivers, he'd be free to sign with any team.
Moss certainly maintained his love for the New England organization, from top to bottom, in his bizarre Sunday night postgame press conference.
"I miss them guys. I miss the team. It was hard for me to come here and play," an almost choked-up Moss said Sunday night. "It's been an up and down roller coaster emotionally all week. .... I miss the hell out of them. Every last helmet in that locker room.
"Coach (Bill) Belichick gave me the opportunity to be a part of something special. I actually salute coach Belichick and his team for the success they've had before me, during me and after me."
That may be, but upon hearing of Moss' pending release, he's former New England teammates weren't talking much.\
"No comment from me, guys," Tom Brady said with a smile before any media member had even asked him a question in the Gillette locker room on Monday afternoon.
"Randy's obviously a great player and, so ... I find that hard to believe," Wes Welker said.
What if the Patriots were able to bring Moss back?
"That's coach Belichick's decision. Whatever he decides, we're open to as a team," Welker answered. "I'm sure he'll do what's best for the organization."
Not surprisingly, Belichick deflected all questions about Moss on Monday.
"I can't comment on the status of any players in the league or any transaction," he said.
He then jumped right in after a follow-up question tried to continue the discussion.
"You can't bait me into it. I can't comment on anybody else's team, players, or transactions," he said.
It was a shocker when the Patriots traded Moss to the Vikings. It was a bigger shocker when Minnesota decided to waive the All-Pro playmaker just four games into his return to the Vikings. Would it be that much more of a shock to see him return to New England?
This report by The Sports Xchange.