Randy Moss Cut: Wide Receiver and Minnesota Vikings Part Ways

Ray TannockSenior Analyst INovember 1, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17:  Wide receiver Randy Moss #84 the Minnesota Vikings looks on prior to the start of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Mall of America Field on October 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Vikings made yet another curious personnel move today by releasing WR Randy Moss, ending his “return home,” a return that lasted a single month, and leaves a plethora of questions in the minds of many Vikings fans.

It’s no secret that Randy Moss didn’t exactly light things up, as he only chimed in for 174 yards on 13 catches and two touchdowns, but one has to imagine the curiosity behind the move.

Sidney Rice will probably not make it back by this week’s game, Percy Harvin is dealing with what is being considered a “serious” ankle injury, and the rest of the team being ancillary receivers at best, the Vikings may have seemingly shot themselves in the foot.

For Moss, however, he shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a home, with teams such as Buffalo, Jacksonville and Miami all in line to kick the tires on Moss.

Buffalo would have first dibs.

The Vikings are on the cusp of not making the playoffs this year, as they occupy rental space at the bottom of the NFC North at 2-5, and even if Moss wasn’t “getting it,” simply abruptly releasing him may wind up being a bad move in the long run.

The Minnesota Vikings are playing like a lost team. They need to have a guy who is a legitimate threat down field, even if he isn’t doing exactly what the coaching staff thought he was going to do.

Now, with all three of the aerial weapons seemingly out of the mix in Minnesota and a beat-up old man trying to throw a football, the Vikings could be in rebuilding mode faster than Moss’ curious release.

In the end, this season just appears to be a wash, for a team that could have done so much more.

For a fantasy football take on this news, please follow my Randy Moss Released article.