Randy Moss Placed on Waivers By Minnesota Vikings

Chris AllenSenior Analyst INovember 1, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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According to reports from just minutes ago, the Minnesota Vikings have officially placed Randy Moss on waivers, as reported by the NFL Network's Michael Lombardi.

Lombardi also has told sources that Moss did not fly back to Minnesota with his team following their 28-18 loss to the New England Patriots this past Sunday.

The team was reportedly told about the decision in a meeting Monday morning, which was a surprise to many players as well as members of the coaching staff.\

 Vikings linebacker Ben Leber told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that Vikings head coach Brad Childress didn't give a reason for cutting Moss.

"(He) just wanted to give everybody a heads-up and say this is what's going on, and that's it," Leber said. "He didn't really dive into any details, and just said that's what were going to go with."

The Vikings, who traded Moss in exchange for a third round draft pick from the Patriots just four weeks ago, have seen their latest addition to the receiving squad catch only 13 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns in his past four games. Moss only had one catch for eight yards against his former team this past Sunday.

After the game, an emotional Moss addressed the media, praising Belichick and the teams captains, as well as showing how he felt about coming back to Gilette Stadium.

"It was hard for me to come here to play, an up and down thing. I was on a roller coaster all week," said Moss. "To see these guys running plays and I know what they are doing, I know what type of feeling they have in the locker room.

Moss also commented on his coaching staff's preparations for Sunday's matchup, which may have played a roll in his departure.

"I tried to prepare; tried to talk to the coaches and players about how this game was going to be played – a couple tendencies here and a couple tendencies there," Moss said. "But the bad part about it, you have six days to prepare for a team and on (Sunday ... they come over to me and say, 'Dang, Moss, you were right about a couple plays and a couple schemes that they were going to run.'

Many fans and reporters alike are speculating that Moss' lack of effort and emotional baggage were causes of concern that eventually led to the receivers placement on waivers.

During the Vikings' 28-18 loss to New England this Sunday, Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather was given a pass interference penalty while covering Randy Moss on a deep pass thrown by Vikings quarterback Brett Farve. Although the outcome of this penalty was a first-and-goal for the Vikings, it was clear after viewing replays that Moss was still left wide open to catch the touchdown pass, even after the interference. Moss instead chose to slow himself after the penalty flags flew.

Merely seconds later, after Moss did not receive the pass, Brett Farve was forced to leave the game with facial lacerations, causing the Vikings quarterback to receive eight stitches in his chin.

Childress commented on Moss' playing and effort on Sunday, saying, "I just think he was going back to a spot that he has a lot of affection for. "I thought by and large those comments were regarding the people there, the coach there, the ownership there. And obviously there's a fondness in his heart for those guys on that football team."

Moss has 24 hours to be claimed by a team off waivers, and after that period he would become a free agent, opening the possibility of Moss to return to the Patriots. The remainder of his salary for this season will be paid by the Vikings, and an additional contract could be added on top of that if another team chooses to sign the wide receiver.

As for the chances of Moss returning to New England, where he had 3,904 receiving yards and 50 TD in his three seasons with the team, Moss had this to say, "I miss every last helmet in that locker room."