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Why Must Randy Moss Be Unfairly Criticized for His Warranted "Contract Talk"?

Randy Moss after the Patriots 38-24 victory over the Bengals.
Randy Moss after the Patriots 38-24 victory over the Bengals.
Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIISeptember 13, 2010

It appears as though the media still has its favorites and Randy Moss isn't one of them.

Despite turning his career around, rewriting the Patriots record book, and becoming a true "team player," it appears as though some members of the media feel that all of that should be thrown out the window the moment THEY have the opportunity to sensationalize a story that was the direct result of someone not named Randy Moss.


Moss is now being criticized for his decision to "talk contract" after the Patriots' 38-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

To paraphrase Moss' sentiments (and I apologize for any possible misinterpretation here), he feels under-appreciated, gets the feeling that some people in New England don't want him to do well, and doesn't think it's fair that he is now facing the prospect of having to "talk contract" week after week as the 2010 season rolls along.

Is that really all that unreasonable?

One would think that 250 receptions for 3,765 yards and 47 touchdowns during only three seasons in New England would warrant at least his job security—but that doesn't appear to be the case.

Of course, I can only speculate as I'm not sitting in New England's front office, but one would imagine that they would have at least taken the time to talk seriously with Moss to lay his fears to rest.

They did that for Tom Brady, who also appeared to have the same concerns prior to his record-breaking contract extension.

When you take a player who has done so much for your organization but who is clearly a bit uneasy about his job security and you fail to find a way to make him comfortable, it's going to become an issue.

Of course, the Patriots have no moral obligation to make Moss feel welcome either, if that's how they choose to go about things.

He is under contract for the remainder of the 2010 season and if his services are not in their long-term plans, they're simply not.

That may be disappointing to Moss, but he clearly voiced that he understands the business side of football.

Yet, if the Patriots expect Moss to understand that business side of football, the Patriots need to understand that players have feelings, care very much about their job security, and have the right to voice their displeasure in respectful fashion.

Moss did just that.

He didn't name any names, he didn't resort to foul language, and he clearly voiced the fact that it was not his intention to cause trouble or take anything away from the team's victory over the Bengals.

The Patriots forced Moss' hand, not the other way around.

It was clear before the game that Moss felt uncomfortable with his current situation.

Someone should have taken the time to talk to him.

Instead, he took the time to talk to those who would listen.

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