Bill Belichick Fires Back: 'Never Any Incident Or Discipline Problem With Randy Moss'

Randy Moss is headed back to Minnesota, where his NFL career began in 1998. The Patriots and Vikings completed the trade early Wednesday morning, with New England receiving a third-round draft pick in return. Read more at SB Nation Minnesota, Daily Norseman and Pats Pulpit.

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Bill Belichick: 'Never Any Incident Or Discipline Problem With Randy. Not In Four Years.'

Following Wednesday's Randy Moss trade to the Vikings, stories began to leak about possible disruptions caused by the receiver. He supposedly had an "outburst" with quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien during halftime of the Dolphins game.  And then on the plane ride home, he reportedly ignored Bill Belichick

Thursday morning, Belichick called a press conference to address those rumors. Considering the coach was not originally scheduled to meet with the media, this was essentially Belichick wanting to put to rest any talk that Moss was a disruption or distraction off the field. The Herald's Ian Rapoport described it as such: "Belichick is straight ripping reports of Moss being a problem."  

Indeed, the coach did not mince his words

"Absolutely not true. I didn't talk to Randy on the plane. I just said, there is no incident, I've never had one with Randy. Never. Not in four years."

While he didn't specifically address the rumored dust-up in Miami, he made a point to say that he's never had a problem with Moss

"There was never any incident or discipline problem with Randy," Belichick said. "There never has been one with me in four years. And it certainly wasn't about contract and money. I think Randy showed the first year he was here what that was all about, he re-did his contract and made the whole deal work. I think you can eliminate those two things."

Here's complete opening statement from Belichick (emphasis added):

"I thought I would try to shed a little light on the trade with Randy. I'm sure I'm not going to be able to answer all the questions that you have. I'd just say that Randy was really a pleasure to coach. I enjoyed having him on our team. He made a lot of contributions to this football team. When I spoke with Randy yesterday morning, the conversations were consistent with what they've been for the last four years - honest, open, very forthright. We talked about a lot of things that I'll keep between Randy and myself. In the end, it was a difficult decision, but one that I feel is in the best interest of the football team.

"Our team, organizationally, we've had conversations and obviously are comfortable with the trade. We wish Randy the absolute best. He's been a player I've had a good relationship with. He's very honest, when I've asked him questions about football and personnel and things like that. He's been very helpful to me personally. He's been very professional and I think a good teammate and a good contributing member of this team.

"But in the end, that was the decision. I have confidence in our players, that if they continue to work hard and improve that we'll be competitive and be able to win games. That's what we're here to do - win games. We've won more games than any other team in the last decade. Hopefully we'll continue to win them going forward. That's what we're here for."

This was clearly a time for Belichick to fire back at all the doubters and negative reports that came out on Wednesday following the trade. 

Oh, and when asked if Tom Brady had any say in the this move, Belichick responded: "Tom doesn't make personnel decisions."

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Patriots Also Send 2012 7th-Round Pick To Vikings

With the Randy Moss trade complete, full details are now known

The Vikings get Moss (obviously), as well as the Patriots' seventh-round draft pick in 2010. 

The Patriots receive Minnesota's third-round pick in the 2011 draft. 

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Bill Belichick: 'Grateful For The Opportunity To Have Coached Randy Moss'

The Patriots have made official the trade that sends Randy Moss to the Vikings with a release issued by the team early Wednesday afternoon

In the release, Bill Belichick offered his thoughts on Moss. 

"Over the course of the past several months, I have spoken with Randy and his representative about Randy's place on our team and his future in football. Consistent with my dealings with Randy from the day we acquired him through our conversation this morning, it has been honest, thoughtful and with great mutual respect.

"While I will keep private the details of internal conversations with players and staff, suffice it to say that many things were taken into consideration before making the trade. In this business, there are complex and often difficult decisions, but it is my responsibility to make them based on what I feel is best for our football team, in both the short term and long term. I am grateful for the opportunity to have coached Randy Moss and aside from facing him as an opponent, I wish him the very best for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career."

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Randy Moss Traded To Vikings, Returns To New England Oct. 31

What ESPN's Adam Schefter originally reported has now been confirmed by both the Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport and the Globe's Albert Breer: Randy Moss has been traded to the Vikings for a third-round pick. 

But you won't have to wait long to see him again. Minnesota is scheduled to play at New England Oct. 31 (Halloween night; of course). 

The Vikings next four games: 

at Jets 
Cowboys (famously upset Moss when they passed on him in 1998 draft) 
at Green Bay
at New England

Additionally, Moss will play 17 games this season, missing both the Vikings' and Patriots' bye weeks. 

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Randy Moss To Vikings Is 'Done,' Patriots Get Third-Round Pick In Return

And just like that, the Randy Moss era in New England is over.  

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the "trade is done: Randy Moss to Minnesota for a third-round pick."

Moss spent three-plus seasons with the Patriots, and caught exactly 50 touchdowns. 

Expect more reaction both here and over at Pats Pulpit

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Randy Moss To Vikings Expected To Happen On Wednesday

While you were sleeping, a trade that would send Randy Moss from the Patriots to the Vikings went from a possibility to seemingly a done deal. A source has told ESPN's Adam Schefter "I'd be shocked if it doesn't happen."

It's not longer "if," but "when," apparently

Filed to ESPN: When the Randy Moss-to-Minnesota trade is completed later, Patriots will receive a third-round pick in return from Vikings.

Schefter added that in return, New England would receive a third-round pick, giving the Patriots a loaded 2001 NFL Draft: two picks each in the first, second, third and fourth rounds. 

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Randy Moss To Vikings Will 'Likely Get Done' Wednesday, According To Report

Just when things were quieting down late Tuesday night, the Herald's Ian Rapoport tweeted the latest in the possible Randy Moss trade to the Vikings: "A source close to the situation believes not only the Randy Moss trade will get done, but also it likely gets done tomorrow."

Rapoport adds in a report that his source "believes Moss will become a Vikings receiver by the end of Wednesday," saying "things are moving quickly." 

It is important to note that there have still not yet been any contract talks between the Vikings and Randy Moss, nor has there been word of what Minnesota would send New England's way.  

For what it's worth, ESPN's Adam Schefter also has Wednesday as the target day to trade Moss to the Vikings. If anything happens at all. 

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Patriots On Randy Moss Rumors: 'There's No Trade'

Seemingly as quickly as the Randy Moss-to-the-Vikings trade rumors began Tuesday night, so too did the denials. 

First, NFL Network's Michael Lombardi tweeted that the Patriots have not given Moss permission talk with anyone about a new deal -- a trade to Minnesota is supposedly hinging on Moss and the Vikings agreeing on a new contract. 

Then the Herald's Ian Rapoport reported that "a trade is not 'done.'" But he added that he has "not been told a trade is not being discussed. So yes, one is being discussed for Moss and the VIkes."

But perhaps the biggest denial came from Stacey James, the Patriots Director of Media Relations, who, when reached for comment by CSNNE.com's Tom Curran, said, "There's no trade."

That of course could simply be posturing by the team, but it's important to recognize that James acknowledged even the idea of a trade.

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Randy Moss Reportedly Told Agent To Ask Belichick For Trade After Week 1

What started as an accidental tweet from Bill Simmons -- no, really --  quickly turned what was supposed to be a quiet bye week into a loud, rumor-filled Tuesday evening: according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the Patriots are working on a deal to send Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings.  

And now the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian is reporting that Moss had his agent, Joe Segal, call Bill Belichick and ask for a trade after Week 1's game with the Bengals. Moss caught five passes for 59 yards in the win. 

Randy Moss is in the final year of his contract, and the Patriots have showed no indications that they plan to re-sign him after the 2010 season. The Herald's Ian Rapoport details why trading Moss makes sense -- for Moss. 

With the threat of a lockout on the horizon, Moss would prefer being traded, and working a long-term deal out with another team, so he is assured of getting money. That was part of the impetus behind asking out. Plus, the way the offense is now designed, with the ball being spread around more, he wasn't going to get the type of statistics he had gotten here in the past, perhaps dampening his earning power.

The trade deadline is not until Oct. 19, but making a trade during a bye week makes sense for New England, giving them to adjust. 

Comcast Sports New England's Gary Tanguay reported via Twitter tonight that Randy Moss showed up to Gillette Stadium on Tuesday "unhappy ... He and BB had words. He is gone to Vikes if he and Minn workout a new deal." Take that for what it is worth. 

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