My initial reaction was one of shock, but I couldn't help but think to myself, "Belichick strikes again!" Yep, with this latest news, it means the Patriots essentially got the Vikings third-round pick for nothing.
After having a few minutes to process the news, my reaction shifted from shock to bewilderment. I know Moss hasn't played up to his lofty standards, but isn't he still a better alternative to Bernard Berrian? Since the NFL's trade deadline is passed, Moss is now on waivers, and if he's claimed by another team in the next 24 hours, whoever claims his will inherit his contract and be on the hook for his salary. However, if Moss clears waivers he becomes a free agent and is free to sign with any team he chooses.
The real kicker here is that if Moss signs via free agency, the Vikings will still responsible for paying his contract with the team, even while he's playing under a new contract for someone else.
Essentially, by waiting for Moss to clear waivers, teams can sign him to a smaller deal than his current contract.
Which means Randy Moss being claimed off waivers is about as likely as me breaking his touchdown record. So since the Vikings are going to be paying his salary anyway, why not get something for their money? Even when Moss only catches one pass for eight yards as he did against the Patriots yesterday, he still draws double teams and takes coverage away from other receivers.
Sure, $6.4 million makes for an expensive decoy, but a decoy is still better than an empty locker. A month ago, the Vikings felt it was worth trading their third-round pick to bring him in. Now they're willing to foot the bill for another team, potentially a rival like Chicago, to sign him?
That white horn on the Vikings' helmets is looking more and more like a white flag.