Randy Moss is headed back to the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings and New England Patriots confirmed a trade today that will send Moss to Minnesota in exchange for a third-round pick in next year’s draft.
“We feel very good about the opportunity to add a player of Randy Moss’ caliber to this football team,” said Vikings head coach Brad Childress in a statement. “He is a tremendous competitor and…I know the entire organization is thrilled to welcome him back to the Twin Cities and look forward to his contributions.”
Pats head coach Bill Belichick said, “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.”
With the move, the Patriots will have two selections in each of the first four rounds in next year’s draft.
Moss spent the first seven years of his career with the Vikes and becomes a target for future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. He will also get a chance to play the Patriots in Foxboro on October 31st. The 33-year-old Moss holds the NFL single-season touchdown reception record with 23, set in 2007, his first year with the Pats. He has 935 career catches for 14,604 yards and 151 touchdowns in 189 games. After playing his first seven years with the Vikings, Moss played two years with the Raiders before joining the Patriots. Moss, who is in the final year of his contract, was targeted only once and finished with no catches in Monday night’s 41-14 Patriots victory over the Dolphins.