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After Sunday night's game, Randy Moss (right) had a message for quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots: "I don't know how many more times I'll be in New England again. But I leave coach Belichick and those guys with a salute: I love you guys. I miss you. I'm out."
The Minnesota Vikings have waived the contract of receiver Randy Moss, ending his tenure with the team. The AP reports that coach Brad Childress told his players about the drastic move Monday afternoon, one day after Moss and the Vikings (2-5) suffered their third loss in four games together.
That loss came in New England, where Moss played for just over three seasons before his trade to Minnesota less than a month ago. After the Sunday-night game, Moss ignored questions from the media in order to deliver a salute to the Patriots — especially their coach, Bill Belichick.
Speculation is building over where Moss will go next. In Boston, reporters' attempts to get Belichick to discuss the possibility of Moss being reunited with quarterback Tom Brady were met with resistance — and even what resembled a joke:
Another reporter chimed in by asking with a smile, “Hypothetically, if he went all the way through the league (on waivers)…”
And Belichick interrupted, “If the moon were made of Swiss cheese…”
But before Moss can sign with a new team, the Vikings have to make the move official, and put him on the waiver wire. They evidently only waived Moss in spirit Monday, deciding to leave the legal and formal process of registering the move with the team until Tuesday.
In an e-mail to the Minnesota Star Tribune, Moss's agent, Joel Segal, said that Moss was "very sad" to learn about being waived. "He has and always will remain fond of the fans in Minnesota," Segal wrote. "We will let the process of the waiver wire take its course and we will move on from there."
Having his contract waived puts Moss within potential reach of some of the NFL's worst teams. As the NFL Nation blog reports:
Teams now have a shot at claiming Moss and paying him $3.388 million for the rest of the season. The league's waiver claiming priority is based on inverse order of the current standings. If two or more clubs are tied in the standings, ties are broken by strength of schedule and by a team's opponents' record.
As of Monday, 11 of the NFL's 32 teams had losing records. If he remains on the waiver wire for more than 24 hours, Moss can sign with any team in the league. In that instance, the Vikings must still pay the remainder of his salary, and he can take a smaller paycheck from his new team.