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An earlier report on Wednesday indicated that if Randy Moss were not happy with the team that claimed him off waivers he was prepared to sit out the entire season. Fortunately, for all involved, it won't have to come to that. Shortly after news broke that the Titans claimed him off waivers, both Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald and PFT's Mike Florio reported that two sources close to Moss indicate he's happy with joining Tennessee, and he will "show up and play."
This is obviously good news for the Titans, who needed a receiver after Kenny Britt, their leading receiver, sidelined with a hamstring injury. It's also great news for Chris Johnson and the rest of the Tennessee offense -- Moss' ability to "take the top off the defense" is nearly unparalleled in the NFL.
One day after being released from Minnesota, and just four weeks after being traded from the Patriots to the Vikings, Randy Moss has been claimed by the Tennessee Titans, as first reported by The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt. It was quickly confirmed by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Moss now had five days to report, otherwise the team may place him on the reserve/did not report list.
The Titans had the No. 23 waiver order position, and according to Wyatt, no other team in front of them submitted a claim. The move makes sense for Tennessee, with their No. 1 receiver, Kenny Britt, currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.
It was rumored that the Raiders and Rams were heavily interested in the final hours, but in the end, neither submitted a claim.
The Tennessee Titans have submitted a claim for Randy Moss, according to SI's Don Banks. This means that assuming no one with a higher waiver priority -- the Titans sit at No. 23 -- then Moss will be headed to Nashville (assuming he decides to show up, of course).
For Tennessee, a claim makes sense -- they just lost their leading receiver, Kenny Britt, to a hamstring injury he's expected out for a few weeks. And at 5-3, they sit in second place in the AFC South.
However, Banks also notes that St. Louis is interested. If the Rams decided to put in a claim, then they would get Moss, because of their higher position on the waiver order (the Rams are at No. 14).
At this point, just minutes away from the 4 P.M. ET deadline, it appears five teams are in the mix for Moss: Titans, Rams, Dolphins, Saints and Chargers (of those four, San Diego has the waiver priority). According to Sporting News, seven clubs have already said they will not be putting in claims: Browns, Jets, Ravens, Cowboys, Seahawks, Chiefs and the Giants.
Teams have until 4 P.M. ET Wednesday to submit a claim on Randy Moss, and while he does not have a say on who takes him, the Herald's Ian Rapoport is reporting that if the receiver doesn't like the club that claims him, he's "willing to sit out the season."
Rapoport, citing a source close to Moss, says that Moss "wants a ring."
Obviously this could just be posturing on Moss' part to try and scare away teas like the Rams and Bears from claiming him, but Albret Breer mentions a good point: some teams may be just fine with Moss not reporting: "There's a feeling that teams will put in claims to block him from going elsewhere."
The forum asks, "Where would you like to see Moss play? Miami, Seattle, Rams, or Titans?" Additionally, the site features a poll on the front page, asking, "Where will Randy Moss play next?"
Interestingly enough, only three teams are listed: Seattle, St. Louis and Miami. Currently, with over 8,000 votes, the Rams are leading the way with 45%; the Dolphins have 40% of the voting.
Let the afternoon of Randy Moss rumors and reports begin. A couple of reports, citing a league source, claim that the New York Jets did not submit a claim for Moss. For what it's worth, the Jets did not put in a claim for Shawne Merriman either.
It was reported earlier that Moss spent Tuesday in New Jersey meeting with the Jets.
Additionally, the Cleveland Browns did not put a claim in for Moss, reports The Plain Dealer's Tony Grossi, who quotes head coach Eric Mangini.
Teams have until 4 P.M. ET Wednesday to submit a claim for the receiver. The waiver order will remain unchanged, regardless of when a team puts in their claim.
According to WFAN's Craig Carton, Randy Moss was in New Jersey on Tuesday, meeting with the new York Jets. Moss was reportedly placed on waivers Tuesday; teams have 24 hours to claim him, with the Buffalo Bills getting the first opportunity. The waiver order is determined by overall record, thus the Jets are 29th, and the Patriots last.
Carton, who cites an unnamed source, says Moss spent Monday in Boston before traveling to New Jersey on Tuesday, meeting with the Jets "at the same spot Mark Sanchez likes to frequent near his home."
"There's no doubt in my mind, just to prevent the Patriots from going down that road again, the Jets will put a claim in for Randy Moss," Carton said.
Boomer [Esiason] added, "I would think that if he falls to the Jets, then the Jets would take him."
What supposedly happened on Monday has now officially happened on Tuesday: the Minnesota Vikings have released Randy Moss, placing the receiver on waivers, according to reports. This now means that teams have 24 hours to claim him, beginning with the worst team in the NFL, the Buffalo Bills.
Because they have the best record in the league, the Patriots will be the last team with a chance to claim Moss, assuming he drops that far.
According to PFT's Mike Florio, there will be a "boatload" of teams to submit a claim. Including the Patriots.
In addition to the Patriots, plenty of other teams will be in play. As we suggested Monday, he fits the Jets' profile for collecting veteran players -- and for tweaking the Patriots. This dynamic pulls the Dolphins into play, which in turn could prompt the 0-7 Bills to make the only noise they can in the AFC East by using their top position in the waiver process to claim Moss.
And of course, there's the possibility no one claims him -- and the $3.6 million owed to him -- in which case Moss would become a free agent, able to sign where he chooses, provided his new team agrees to a new contract with the receiver.
It would appear Sunday's bizarre press conference was just the final straw for the Vikings and coach Brad Childress. Even though not everyone likes Childress, many players approved of Monday's decision to release Randy Moss after enduring four weeks of the receiver's behavior that was described as "brash" and "entitled," according to a report from Yahoo! Sports' Michael Silver.
Silver tells of a particularly jarring incident that occurred in the Vikings' locker room on Friday. A local restaurant was providing a catered post-practice meal, complete with chicken and ribs. It's a typical scene for Friday, but Moss was not pleased.
According to one player who witnessed the scene, Moss yelled, "What the [expletive]? Who ordered this crap? I wouldn't feed this to my dog!"
Said the witness: "It was brutal. The truth is, he deserved to be cut after that. It was such an uncomfortable moment. You know that feeling where you just can tell someone feels so small? That's what it was like being there.
"This wasn't a chain - it was a mom-and-pop restaurant, and you could tell it was their best stuff. They had a special carving station set up, and there were players and other support staff lining up to eat it. And [Moss] is at his locker saying, ‘You know, I used to have to eat that crap - but now I've got money.' You just felt so sad for them. I had never seen anyone treated like that.
Silver goes on to say that while Moss certainly had his supporters on the team, there had been "speculation" about his effort, or lack thereof, in the team's last two games. Childress reportedly told his team "we want good people that are good football players, and [Moss] just doesn't fit." Friday's incident, coupled with Sunday's press conference, was more than enough reason to waive the receiver in his eyes.
On Monday, less then 24 hours he made public his love for Bill Belichick and the Patriots, Randy Moss was waived by the Vikings. Brad Childress told his team in a meeting that he was releasing the wide receiver, and many within the organization were surprised, with one source saying "it was like a double-shot of pure caffeine," according to Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole.
That same source added, "Really, I thought he was joking, then I realized it was Chilly and he doesn't joke. Well, he jokes, but it's not funny."
Another Vikings' source told Cole that he thought Childress was kidding, saying, "This is nuts. We're just getting to the point where he's getting on page with [quarterback] Brett [Favre] and the offense is starting to really move the ball and then we do this."
When it was brought to their attention that Moss only had 13 catches for two touchdowns in four games with Minnesota, both sources were quick to point that the numbers don't tell the whole story of Moss' value.
"Look at the tape. Look at the coverages," one of the sources said. "Look at what he does for everybody else. Percy [Harvin] is running free all over the field right now. The running game is moving along. I don't even care about the fact that he's smarter than everybody on the coaching staff. He's a game-changer.
"Make it work."
And Cole points out, the Vikings averaged 21.5 points the four games with Moss, compared to just 14.3 points before he got there.
In all, it seems to be just another example of Childress' failings as a head coach.
Monday afternoon's drama surrounding the release of Randy Moss from the Vikings finally came to a conclusion after hours of speculation with an official release from head coach Brad Childress on the team's official site, confirming they will waive the receiver after just four games with the team.
"This decision was made based on what we thought was in the best interests of the Minnesota Vikings, both in the short and long term," said Head Coach Brad Childress. "We wish Randy the best as he moves forward in his career."
The statement from Childress comes not too long after Moss' agent, Joel Segal, told the AP that the hold up in releasing the receiver was "merely a technical thing." It's expected that Moss will officially be released on Tuesday, says Jay Glazer.
Once he is waived and placed on waivers, teams will have 24 hours to claim him.
Monday afternoon, it was reported by NFL Network's Michael Lombardi that the Vikings had released Randy Moss, just one month after trading for him. And then things got interesting.
According to multiple reports, Moss was not listed on Monday's waiver sheet, meaning he has not yet officially been released. The Vikings can still decide to release Moss, but as of Monday at 6 P.M. ET, that move had not happened yet.
Apparently, the decision to waive Moss was that of Brad Childress', and his alone. The other two-thirds of the Vikings' decision-making team, GM Rick Spielman and Rob Brzezinski (VP of football operations), only learned of the plans to waive Moss when the NFL Network reported it. The three are supposed to have an equal say in personnel decisions.
There has been no official word from the team, and reportedly Moss and Moss' agent have not yet been informed of a release. According to NFLN's Jason La Canfora, "not all in the organization were on board with the move."
In short: Brad Childress told his team they would be releasing Randy Moss. But they haven't actually done so ... yet.
Bill Belichick addressed the Boston media Monday afternoon, just a couple hours after the news that the Vikings were planning to release wide receive Randy Moss. So naturally, that was where the press conference started, with Belichick dodging the topic throughout the duration.
"Yeah, you know I can't comment on any status of any player in the league or any other transactions or anything like that," Belichick said.
"You know I can't... you can't bait me into it," he said. "I can't comment on any other teams or players or transactions."
The Herald's Ian Rapoport then asked Belichick when was the last time he was "actually surprised by a move in the NFL?"
"Been a little while," Belichick said. "You know, I don't really care about the league, I'm really worried about our football team. Whatever rules the league changes, or whatever moves other teams do, that's their team. I can't really worry about that. I can barely coach the team I'm in charge of. I can't worry about everybody else's team. Try to solve the rest of the world's problems. That's not my job. Got a lot of other people who can do that."
We still have yet to hear from Randy Moss himself following his release from the Vikings Monday afternoon, but his agent, Joel Segal, did e-mail the Star Tribune today, detailing his client's feelings and reactions upon learning the news.
"Randy is very sad to find out about being waived by the Vikings this morning. He has and always will remain fond of the fans in Minnesota. We will let the process of the waiver wire take its course and we will move on from there."
Judd Zulgad's latest report on the situation in Minnesota also offers more reaction from linebacker Ben Leber, who admitted he was indeed "shocked" when head coach Brad Childress told the team about the decision to release Moss.
The deadline for a team to claim Moss off the waiver wire if Tuesday at 4:00 P.M. ET.
According to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, both the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks have already expressed interest in claiming Randy Moss. The Vikings released the wide receiver Monday afternoon, for reasons that are still unknown at this point. Linebacker Ben Leber said that Brad Childress told the team about the move in a team meeting today, but did not tell them why.
"No reason, really, [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 Dolphins are likely interested in putting a claim in for Moss not only to block him from the Patriots, but also to bolster their offense, which is averaging just 19 points per game. Seattle, first place in the NFC West, could use another receiver after trading away Deion Branch to New England (and after their unsuccessful attempt to land VIncent Jackson).
Both teams, however, are in the bottom half of the NFL waiver order, determined by win-loss record (thus, the Patriots are the final team to have an opportunity to claim Moss). Read more about the waiver process at SB Nation.
Any club that claims Moss would also be on the hook for his remaining 2010 salary, or $3.39 million for nine remaining games.
With Monday's release of Randy Moss from the Vikings, shock-waves have been sent throughout the NFL, especially in New England. But reaction from the Patriots players thus far has been very ... Patriot-like.
Wes Welker was a bit more open with his feelings though, saying he was "absolutely" surprised to hear that Moss was released.
Welker laughs when asked if team would welcome Moss back with open arms. "That's all Coach Belichick's decision," he says. "Whatever (Belichick) decides we're open to as a team and I'm sure he'll do what's best for the organization."
Randy Moss was released by the Vikings Monday afternoon, as originally reported by the NFL Network's Michael Lombardi and now confirmed by Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, who added that "players told me he said that's not the type of guy they wanted there."
Linebacker Ben Leber has also confirmed the report to Minneapolis Star Tribune's Judd Zulgad.
Because this decision comes after the trade deadline, Moss will now hit the waiver wire. All 32 teams will have a chance to claim the receiver, in order from worst record in the league -- the Buffalo Bills -- to the team with the best record -- the New England Patriots. Lombardi has already predicted that Moss will go unclaimed, which will make him a free agent, free to sign where he pleases.
Regardless of what happens next, one thing is for certain: the Vikings gave up a third-round draft pick for four games of Randy Moss.
This decision from Brad Childress and the Vikings comes the day after Moss expressed just how much he missed playing on the Patriots during his postgame press conference.
The captains, [Vince] Wilfork, Tommy Boy, Kevin Faulk, I miss them guys. I miss the team. It was hard for me to come here and play, an up-and-down roller coaster for me all week ... I kind of know what type of feeling is in their locker room and I want to be able to tell they guys that I miss the hell out of them, every last helmet in that locker room.
Lombardi reported via Twitter Monday afternoon, just before 3 P.M. ET, that head coach Brad Childress told the Vikings in a meeting that they waived the receiver after Moss did not travel back to Minnesota with the club. Moss was not present at the meeting.
Moss was traded from the Patriots to the Vikings for a third-round draft pick during New England's Week 4 bye. In four games with Minnesota, Moss caught 13 passes and two touchdowns.
On Sunday, the Vikings lost to the Patriots, after which Moss said in his press conference that we no longer answering questions from the media for the rest of the season, complained that the Vikings' coaching staff did not listen to his scouting report and took time to say how much he missed Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
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