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This video below is interesting: Moss comes out after a dominating performance by the Patriots and says he would consider it a "slap in the face" if he does not receive a contract offer before the end of the season.
Next, this clip surfaces of Moss leading the celebratory cheer in the locker room. What is going on here?
Well, it's pretty simple: The NFL is a business and Randy is simply playing the game.
There is uncertainty surrounding the 2011 NFL season and Moss wants to get signed as soon as possible. In addition to that, he has stated that he wants to stay in New England.
Sure, Moss is getting old, but he is still playing at a high level. Moss likely is going to ask for more money than the Patriots are going to offer.
Moss is a smart guy—he's playing the game.
He is doing what he can to gain some financial certainty. Yes, even professional athletes need to worry about their long-term financial certainty. Who knows if he will get signed before the season or after. The Patriots have so much young talent at wide receiver and tight end that I can see him in another uniform next season.
But I could also picture him in that Patriots' No. 81 jersey. Time will tell.
This is not a big deal.
Moss is going to have a great season—he has to. Winning is now important to him. So is hauling in a big deal for the next couple of years.
Patriots fans, fear not.
Moss and Belichick met yesterday, which is not a big deal at all. Belichick is Moss' head coach. Players and coaches meet sometimes. Moss said it went well, so that is at least comforting for Patriots fans. But that, in no way, means there was any progress in the contract discussions (mostly because Belichick doesn't negotiate contracts).
Moss will most likely not put up anything close to the gaudy numbers of his 2007 season and may not even match his 83 catches and 1,200 yards from a year ago, but that is due to the influx of young talent Brady has to choose from as he will be spreading the ball out much more than in the past.
Who knows how this all will play out, but I absolutely love to see this clip: Randy Moss is a true professional. In some ways, he is approaching this as Tom Brady did.
He has a job to do and he will do it to the best of his ability. He may be a bit more outspoken, but this is Randy Moss we are talking about. Sure, he is facing uncertainty with the potential lockout next year but he is not letting it affect his performance and leadership.
Randy Moss, I commend you. Keep doing your thing.