By Levan Reid, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – When the news hit, that the Vikings waived Randy Moss, this was the big question on everybody’s mind. Can the Patriots take Moss back?

Well here is how it works. Whoever picks up Moss has to pay the remaining cash on his contract. That’s about $2.5 million.

Any team can claim Moss but it goes on a priority setting. The teams with the worst records have the first crack. So the 0-7 Buffalo Bills have the first chance to talk to Moss. From there it goes up the ladder.

The Pats have the best record in the NFL so they have last crack at talking to Randy.


In light of what has happened today, I decided to let you read what Randy Moss said after yesterday’s game.

Coming back to New England was a very emotional time for Randy. This is a guy who doesn’t make friends with teammates and here, he was loved and they were trying to make him part of the community. The Pats went out of their way to make Moss understand the Patriots way.

It wasn’t until he spent three weeks in Minnesota, that he realized what he missed.

Here are some of his remarks:

On the Patriots:

“The captains, Wilfolk, Tommy Boy, Mayo, Kevin Faulk, man I miss them guys, man, I miss the team. It was hard for me to come here and play. It’s been an up-and-down roller coaster emotionally for me all week. And then to be able to come in here and see those guys, running plays and I know what they’re doing, and the success they had on the field, the running game, so I kind of know what type of feeling they have on their locker room, man. I just want to be able to tell the guys, I miss the hell out of them, every last helmet in that locker room.”

On Bill Belichick and his time in New England:

“Coach Belichick, he gave me an opportunity to be a part of something special. That’s something I really take to heart. I actually salute coach Belichick and his team and the success they’ve had before me, during me and after me. So I’m actually stuck for words, just because of the fact that, man, this is just, a lot of memories here. To the New England Patriots fans, that ovation at the end of the game, that really felt heart-warming. I think I actually shedded a tear for that.”

On the Patriots as ‘something special’:

“I can’t really say enough about this team and this organization. I met with Mrs. Kraft before the game because I really didn’t have a chance to talk to her before I left. I thanked Mrs. Kraft for letting me have the opportunity to be a part of something special. The New England Patriots have always been a special organization and I’ve always watched from afar.”

Comments (3)
  1. Tim says:

    First of all, whoever picks up Moss does NOT have to pick up his contact and pay him 2.5 Million. The Vikings still have to pay him for this entire year not including incentives obviously. When you’re waived any performance related or other bonuses are void. The new team will structure a “rent a player” contract for the remainder of this season and then Moss becomes a Free Agent. Second: there is no way that the Patriots would re-sign Moss. They would look like complete morons, and although I’m not a fan of coach B, I know he’s smarter than that to give his team another distraction. My dad has 7 super bowl rings by being the best contract negotiator in NFL history and not saying I’m as smart as him, I do understand the NFL and the politics involved.

  2. John says:

    wow you are the man! Your dad has 7 super bowl rings? NOBODY CARES, get a life and stop making arrogant comments

  3. Gail says:

    Too bad he couldn’t behave himself while he was here. He complained about the ‘no respect’ thing when the Pats wouldn’t capitulate to his salary demands. Too bad he didn’t look to Tommy Boy as an example of what a dedicated player is. Too bad he didn’t perform better, keep his mouth shut and quit being a whiny baby. I like Moss but he self-destructed. I’d be surprised if the Pats took him back. Not unless his return is akin to Deon Branch… Oh yea, Deon didn’t bad-mouth the team on his way out…

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