Spielman rules out another Moss homecoming
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Randy Moss is looking for a new NFL team after announcing his return on Monday, his 35th birthday.
He can cross the Minnesota Vikings off his list.
Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman said Moss won’t get a chance at a third stint in a Vikings’ uniform.
“We’ll be moving on,” Spielman said.
Moss, who can be signed immediately because he was a free agent when he retired in August 2011, is second in Vikings history with 587 catches, 9,316 yards and 93 touchdowns. His return to Minnesota in 2010 was a debacle on and off the field and he was cut after just four games in which he totaled 13 catches. But he won’t be getting a chance to add to those numbers.
“Randy was a great player,” Spielman said. “But, again, our focus is more on trying to get a young team.”
Moss announced Monday that he planned to un-retire after being out of the league for the past year. He’s taken to the internet to interact with fans several times during the past week, including an hour-long episode Wednesday night which included him dressing up in a disguise and acting like his “brother.”
It’s still to be seen what team might take a chance on the volatile receiver, whose play deteriorated in his final season in 2010. He had three standout seasons in New England, revitalizing his career after a poor 2006 season in Oakland. But the Patriots traded him to the Vikings four games into the 2010 season after he produced just nine catches in four games. He had 13 catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns with Minnesota, but also made waves by criticizing a local catering service and was cut by then-coach Brad Childress after four games. He was picked up by the Tennessee Titans and had six catches for 80 yards in eight games with Tennessee.
Moss is ninth in league history with 954 career catches, fourth with 14,858 yards and tied for second with 153 touchdown receptions.
On Monday, Moss reportedly announced his return to the NFL by going on Ustream and stating, “Faith, family, and football, that’s my M.O., bro. Your boy be back for the upcoming season.”
According to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, one offer has rolled in for Moss. Schefter reported that Moss received an offer from the Chicago Slaughter of the Indoor Football League.
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