Randy Moss is unhappy that the New England Patriots haven't offered him a contract.
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We know this because even after New England won their first game of the season yesterday, that was all that was on his mind.
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Moss says he isn't angry, just hurt that they there hasn't been anything said to him. And that treating him like this is a slap in the face.
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We've seen Randy Moss mad before.
First there was Keyshawn Johnson. There might have been others before him, but he wrote a book about it.
He passed the torch to Vincent Jackson, Terrell Owens, Ochocinco and of course, Randy Moss...
These are just a few of those afflicted with Diva Receiver Syndrome (DRS).
It's very similar to having that high maintenance hot girlfriend.
You're always wondering, is she happy? Why is she so quiet? How come every time I wake up in the middle of the night, she's staring at me in the dark? What's she holding behind her back?
You can never rest when you have an upset pass catcher with DRS.
Ask the Raiders, Vikings, Niners and Eagles in the past. Ask the Bengals and Patriots and Chargers now.
As far as numbers go, Welker's career with the Patriots is unmatched. As far as his demeanor goes, Welker's quiet lunch-pail-carrying, hard worker mode of operating makes him a media and fan favorite in Boston.
How long before the comparisons to Welker start getting on Moss' nerves and he really starts acting out?
Probably around the same time they lose their first game.
Maybe it's because he is getting older so he is losing a bit of his "I play when I want to play" attitude from years past.
But lately it seems like Moss is very sensitive and emotional.
Here's is a quote from ESPN:
"This is the last year of my contract," Moss said. "Nothing has been discussed. There's not been anything said. Not a letter. Nothing..."
Is he talking about Belichick or his ex-girlfriend?
Since when does Moss get this emotional about anything?
Moss went on to say, "I'm not saying that I want to stay here, but I love playing here. If the future of my job lets me go to another team, then that's what it's going to be."
At this point ESPN reports that a New England reporter asked Moss if he knew how bad it looked doing this type of press conference after a win.
And that is the point right there. New England sportswriters are brutal on the athletes there. Only a handful have gotten passes through the years.
It might be the weather, or the traffic.
Whatever it is, they are going to hound Moss about this all year.
When Drew Brees, his Saints teammates and members of the Vikings pointed a finger in solidarity before the Saints-Vikings game on Thursday, people groaned and critics bashed them.
The word that most agreed on was no one wanted to hear about millionaires fighting billionaires for more money.
And that's usually how it comes out when the public hears about contract disputes.
We usually look into our bank accounts and say, stop griping and play.
So right now isn't the time to be mentioning money, especially if you have a contract for this year, most would say.
Even if Moss in this case might have a legitimate gripe.
His relationship with Moss makes this situation particularly dicey for the Pats.
Brady has said that he is really close to Moss, and there is no question that Moss is the best player Brady has ever played with.
Moss even showed up at his press conference wearing a San Francisco Giants hat, similar to the one Brady has on.
How does Brady not get involved in this some time this season, considering how much he has just gotten paid?
I love Randy, and he does make some valid points about the "Patriot Way."
They don't believe in paying for what you have done, just for what you will do. And even then, they only pay pennies on the dollar.
If there was any way that they could live without Tom Brady, he would not have that contract. Ask Richard Seymour, Ty Law, and Lawyer Milloy.
Ask Logan Mankins.
But still, it's the Patriot way. You won't get what you want by being a distraction.
Not in New England.
With PTI, Around the Horn, and every website following this story all year, there will be no chance for it to die down without the Patriots trading him during the season or giving him a new contract.
There is no in-between. The longer this goes, the worse Moss will get.
After every game win or lose, some reporter looking to provoke Moss will ask about the contract situation.
Moss reminds me of another volatile athlete in Boston, when I was growing up: Oil Can Boyd.
Of course Moss is light years better than the Can Man in talent, but he had a few good years pitching for the Red Sox.
And it never failed, once a year, something would trigger his short fuse and the media would pounce on it and just ride it for as long as they could.
That was before ESPNNEWS and 24-hour internet coverage.
Moss will have ample opportunity to give his opinion and supply soundbites.
And he will deliver.
If you have watched any season of Hard Knocks, you know of the "Turk".
The Turk is the Grim Reaper of football teams. He's the guy that grown men who weigh 300 plus pounds run from.
He brings men who could bench press buses to tears. The Turk is the guy who walks over to your dorm room during the preseason and says: "The Coach wants to see you. Bring your playbook."
It takes a special person to do that, normally an older guy who has been with football teams for decades, so he can be there as a shoulder to cry on for these heartbroken kids.
Bill Belichick was the Turk, in his early twenties. You think Belichick cares if Randy Moss is hurt?
If Moss becomes a distraction, he'll get rid of him. Even if it ends the Super Bowl run.
That's the Patriot Way.