The Randy Moss waived announcement came out of nowhere. Having Randy Moss waived was very questionable in spite of his declining performance and odd comments from Sunday’s press conference. Even though Moss’ press conference had more kind words for the Patriots than his current team, it didn’t seem that he would be released for it. After all, Brett Favre still needs all the help he can get, although he didn’t get much help from the receiver on Sunday. Yet with Moss now waived, the Vikings have actually made their extensive off-field distractions list even longer.
Having Moss released might not have been that surprising at the end of the year if things kept going badly. Considering how badly this year has gone for the Vikings, they will probably want to start all over in the offseason anyway.
However, having Moss waived after just four games back in Minnesota shocked almost everyone. The controversial receiver has worn out his welcome many times before, but never this quickly. Since he was coming back to his original home, and since the Vikings had a depleted receiving core, this reunion was supposed to last a lot longer.
But after catching just one ball against the Patriots, and after a notable press conference afterward, Moss was released then and there. His criticism of the game plan, regrets over leaving the Patriots, and his vow not to talk to the press again was some kind of final straw. With all that Brad Childress already has to deal with, he apparently wanted Moss gone before he could get any worse.
Although the season isn’t even halfway over, the receiver has been suddenly let go from two teams, and now seeks to go to a third. But with Moss waived in this manner, and with his declining value on the field, it might take longer than usual for a team to take a chance on him.
For some teams with little receiving depth, Moss might have been released at the right time. However, the Vikings got him for that same reason, and still let him go within a month. But at least one team looking to make a playoff run might think they can live with him for a half-season. If Sunday’s press conference was the last for Moss in 2010, perhaps that will make it easier for his next team.
Of course, the decision to have Randy Moss released hardly solves anything for the Vikings. Childress will be questioned heavily over it, in between the constant Brett Favre questions. In spite of all his difficulty with Favre, he was much quicker to punish Moss than he ever was with No. 4. Was this supposed to be a message to prove that Childress really does have power left?
After Moss is officially waived today, he and the Vikings will have a hard road to recovery ahead in the year’s second half.
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