The Cardinals were in the middle of their locker room media session/lunch time when the news (first pointed out by kicker Jay Feely, at least to me) broke of the Vikings releasing wide receiver Randy Moss. It’d be stunning news anyway, but the Cardinals go to Minnesota Sunday.
“Bill Belichick strikes again,” safety Kerry Rhodes joked. “I think (the Patriots) sent him to Minnesota to scout and they will get him back. I think he is still (living) in the Boston area. Look for that story later.”
Then Rhodes got a little more serious. “I thought he was playing well in Minnesota. I’m not heartbroken though. We play Minnesota this week and that’s one less threat we have to worry about.”
Moss, despite being a vested veteran, must clear waivers so every team has a chance to claim in in the reverse order of standings — meaning Buffalo gets first crack, New England last. We’ll see if a team is will to risk going after Moss for $3+ million for the balance of the season, or if he reaches free agency. Would it really be a shock if the Patriots took him back, and that Belichick essentially ends up renting Moss to the Vikings for just a few weeks in exchange for a valuable third-round pick?
Another group of defensive backs wouldn’t believe it. “That’s for real?” cornerback A.J. Jefferson said of the news. “I thought that was a joke.”
Cornerback Greg Toler said he just wants to see the Cards’ defense “stay together, regardless of who they have on the field.” Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, on the other hand, sounded disappointed.
“I am always about competition,” DRC said. “He’s a guy that is a legend in the game and they would have taken their shots at him. Me testing my speed and going up against him, I would’ve really liked that.”
Then there was wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a friend of Moss who was a ballboy for the Vikings back when Moss and Cris Carter were in their Minnesota heyday. A few weeks ago, Fitzgerald was just talking about how Moss would be happy going back to Minnesota since he still has a house and loves the outdoors. Monday, Fitz was (briefly) talking about Moss leaving Minnesota once again.
“Nothing,” Fitzgerald said, “surprises me anymore.”
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