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DiPiero says Randy Moss plans to finish his career without an agent

When we received a tip earlier today that Patriots receiver Randy Moss has parted ways with long-time agent Tim DiPiero, we were told that Moss is now looking for a new agent.

DiPiero has confirmed that he no longer represents Moss.  But DiPiero says that Moss currently plans to move forward with no agent at all.

“Randy has talked to me for a while about finishing his career without an agent and recently told me that as a veteran entering his entering his 13th season, he no longer believed he needs an agent,” DiPiero said in a press release sent to us via e-mail.  “He told me he would be sending me official notice of his decision which he did last week.

“It has been a privilege representing him all these years and to have had a close-up view as we all watched a high school kid, who was this incredible ‘phenom,’ grow into a man and one of the greatest NFL players of all time.  What has been most satisfying is to see him give back to our local community, especially to the kids.  Randy has a soft spot for kids and when he does things for them, he does it for the right reasons.  I will continue to catch him on TV each Sunday and root for him to get a ring before he retires.”

And so Moss at least for now joins former Vikings teammate Daunte Culpepper, who has represented himself for the past several years.  We continue to believe it’s not the wisest business decision, since a player sometimes needs a third party to say certain things that need to be said, or to hear certain things that need to be heard.  Moss, in our estimation, is entirely too emotional and impulsive to manage the intricacies and subtleties of working directly with his team on matters relating to compensation.

But, nevertheless, it should be an interesting process to watch.

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44 Responses to “DiPiero says Randy Moss plans to finish his career without an agent”
  1. bonecity7 says: May 30, 2010 7:14 PM

    I think this means he’ll be re-signing with the Pats and retiring as a Patriot.

  2. doe22us says: May 30, 2010 7:22 PM

    Negotiating a contract is not rocket science.. he will be just fine unless you are Master P

  3. HC says: May 30, 2010 7:22 PM

    After the job Daunte Culpepper did as his own agent, no NFL player should ever represent himself as an agent.

  4. God's Own Silver and Blue says: May 30, 2010 7:27 PM

    Apparently Moss needs that 10 percent for himself. Blow and hookers aren’t getting any cheaper and do not respect a fellow at the end of his career, y’know.

  5. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: May 30, 2010 7:28 PM

    “A rolling stone gathers no Moss.”

  6. blackglass says: May 30, 2010 7:29 PM

    “What has been most satisfying is to see him give back to our local community, especially to the kids. Randy has a soft spot for kids and when he does things for them, he does it for the right reasons.”
    Yeah, that Randy Moss, what a huge douchebag.

  7. ItalianArmyGuy says: May 30, 2010 7:37 PM

    “one of the greatest NFL players of all time”
    Compared to what? Donte Stallworth? Matt Forte?
    Randy Moss doesn’t even hold a candle to mildly above average guys like Michael Irving, Steve Smith, or Shannon Sharpe. When did Randy put a team on his back? When did he go for the tough yards over the middle? When the going got tough, did he stand tall, or did he shrink? Did he put in extra practice time, or did he go through the motions?
    The “greatest NFL players of all time” played great in the post-season. Is Randy Moss better than Jerry Rice?!? Please!

  8. QJ1984 says: May 30, 2010 7:42 PM

    My guess is he wont be around much longer.
    @bonecity7
    That brings an interesting thought to me. If the NFL HOF was like the MLB HOF, which team would Moss go in with?
    Oakland was a memorable time in Moss’s career but for all the wrong reasons, so thats out.
    He broke a big record in NE and was on a 16-0 team there.
    But to this point, he’s spent the most time in Minnasota. Most of his numbers were compiled there and he broke a few records while with them as well.
    Wonder how Moss sees it…

  9. edgy1957 says: May 30, 2010 7:55 PM

    I hope he has a good lawyer because if he doesn’t have an agent, management is going to eat him up.

  10. Backinthesaddle says: May 30, 2010 8:00 PM

    Spoken like a true lawyer.

  11. jimmySee says: May 30, 2010 8:04 PM

    NFL player agents do not get 10% — I recall the NFLPA tops it out at 3% of player compensation — the commission may go higher on other aspects (endorsement deals).

  12. Backinthesaddle says: May 30, 2010 8:08 PM

    Teddy Bruschi didn’t use an agent either. I don’t see him regretting dealing with the Pats on contracts. Agents are necessary if you’re not business savvy. If you are business savvy an agent becomes nothing more than a leach on your earnings.

  13. drzud500 says: May 30, 2010 8:14 PM

    Maybe he plans on retiring after this year (the last of his contract I believe.)

  14. SirSuperSouthern says: May 30, 2010 8:25 PM

    Andre Johnson didn’t need an agent either and everything turned out just fine…

  15. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: May 30, 2010 8:39 PM

    I think you’ll see more and more players, especially veterans, working without an agent, until agents drop their fee structure.
    On the surface, 10% doesn’t sound like allot. Add up the dollar amounts though, and you have a different story.

  16. minimafiaaj says: May 30, 2010 8:52 PM

    @italianarmyguy
    you are a complete and utter idiot if you are calling Michael Irvin, Shannon Sharpe & Steve Smith above average. Irvin & sharpe are both hall of famers and Randy moss will be too. And as far as going over the middle without moss doing that he is still one of the greats…and WTF does matt forte have to do with anything you my friend are a clown.

  17. blackglass says: May 30, 2010 9:20 PM

    ItalianArmyGuy being the judge of anything over the level of “what TV dinner should I ask mom to make for me tonight?” is comical.

  18. irishsamurai says: May 30, 2010 9:24 PM

    Moss, in our estimation, is entirely too emotional and impulsive to manage the intricacies and subtleties of working directly with his team on matters relating to compensation.
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    you media guys are so full of yourselves,you have zero idea what kind of person he is,when was the last timeyou went nd shot a back nine together,or had noon tea in the park,uuuum,never so please stop with the assuming of who these guys are outside of the field,stick to reporting if a player is happy with his contract one day and not the very next day

  19. jimmySee says: May 30, 2010 9:29 PM

    When a team does 60 deals a year and a player with no agent does one — the player is at a disadvantage.
    When the player is represented by an agent who does 100 deals a year, between what he does and what others in his shop do, the advantage of the team is way less pronounced.
    If the player wants to act as his own agent, or not have an agent, only to save the 3%, that’s pretty short sighted.

  20. edgy1957 says: May 30, 2010 9:31 PM

    # Backinthesaddle says:
    Teddy Bruschi didn’t use an agent either. I don’t see
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    Bruschi probably had a lawyer to look over the contract language because a guy that TRULY represents himself has a fool for a client.

  21. PurpleNGold says: May 30, 2010 9:31 PM

    Randy, it’s Brett on the phone…

  22. edgy1957 says: May 30, 2010 9:32 PM

    SirSuperSouthern says:
    Andre Johnson didn’t need an agent either and everything turned out just fine..
    ***************************
    So, are you being sarcastic or are you unaware of him wanting to renegotiate that contract?

  23. Green n' Gold says: May 30, 2010 9:37 PM

    Randy Moss= The Mercury Morris of his era.

  24. watters7 says: May 30, 2010 9:48 PM

    Moss doesn’t need an agent. Oh, by the way, Moss and Omar (from The Wire) are the same guy. One more point, tell Rex Ryan that Morton Downey Jr. called and he wants his teeth back.

  25. sasquash69 says: May 30, 2010 10:10 PM

    Moss = overrated punk

  26. Franchise says: May 30, 2010 10:19 PM

    bonecity7 says:
    “I think this means he’ll be re-signing with the Pats and retiring as a Patriot.”
    NOT! He loves Minnesota. Not only does he still have a place in state, but attends many events, especially local fund raising events , especially Vikings players holding his love, fishing events locally.
    ItalianArmyGuy says:
    “one of the greatest NFL players of all time”
    Yes, he is.

  27. prophet of the light says: May 30, 2010 10:38 PM

    He could be retiring or he could be using his business savvy. I mean… he does manage a racing team.

  28. Matt.Walsh says: May 30, 2010 10:43 PM

    ItalianArmyGuy says:
    May 30, 2010 7:37 PM
    “one of the greatest NFL players of all time”
    Geez IAG….usually you are just a blabbering idiot, but I have to hand it to ya….you got it right this time….
    he definitely is one of the greatest of all time!

  29. The Doctor says: May 30, 2010 10:58 PM

    I would trade Moss for Berrian any day of the week, and twice on Sunday.

  30. edgy1957 says: May 30, 2010 11:32 PM

    # Joe in Toronto, Canada says:
    On the surface, 10% doesn’t sound like allot. Add up the dollar amounts though, and you have a different story.
    *************************
    Fees have been capped at 3% for a while.

  31. robert ethen says: May 31, 2010 12:01 AM

    Moss is one of the smartest guys to ever play the game. He can “write his own ticket” now, so I guess he will.

  32. robert ethen says: May 31, 2010 12:05 AM

    It would be something to see Favre and Moss together before one or the other retires. They are the preeminent players in the game for as long as I’ve followed it. Not only as athletes but as men also.

  33. Kevin says: May 31, 2010 12:27 AM

    Are people seriously calling Randy Moss overrated!?
    Wow…
    I mean…wow…
    If Randy Moss is overrated, you must think Einstein was an idiot. You’re standards are insane.

  34. CanadianVikingFan says: May 31, 2010 2:33 AM

    The Doctor says:
    May 30, 2010 10:58 PM
    I would trade Moss for Berrian any day of the week, and twice on Sunday.
    ———————————
    Same here man, Berrian is almost none existant in games unless the coverman slips and falls like in 2008 against the giants, 2007 against the bears and 2009 against the packers..
    He runs 2 routes (sometimes) Go and slants.

  35. BP says: May 31, 2010 3:32 AM

    This is definitive. He will sign with the Pats again, and they will gladly pay him fairly. He remembers who wanted him when nobody else did. He finally found a home. Moss will retire a Patriot.
    After his first year with them he was a free agent and signed right away. He did not even really test the market. His conduct with the Pats has been exemplary, as have been his contributions on and off the field. All Pat’s fans will be proud to see him go in the Hall as a Patriot. They appreciate his greatness and how he put the difficulties of the past behind him. He had another chance in New England and made the best of it.

  36. millionwatts says: May 31, 2010 3:44 AM

    i’ll never understand some people’s fascination with work ethic and practice. Moss averages 12TD per season and that’s even including his two years in Oakland where he had 11 TD in two years. that is lightyears (!!!) ahead of everybody else, so i personally couldn’t care less how hard everybody else practices, cause they aren’t getting it done like Moss. i also couldn’t care less what routes he is running, cause quite obviously whatever routes everybody else is running, it’s not helping at all. as for Andre Johnson, he has never had double digit TD in his entire career and he’s entering his 8th year.

  37. jersey73 says: May 31, 2010 7:01 AM

    To paraphrase an famous quote. A player who acts as his own agent has an idiot for a client.

  38. HarrisonHits says: May 31, 2010 8:39 AM

    “I think you’ll see more and more players, especially veterans, working without an agent, until agents drop their fee structure.
    On the surface, 10% doesn’t sound like allot.”
    You guys should actually learn about something before you talk about it.
    Per NFL and union limitations the max fee an agent can charge any NFL player is 3%. In some situation with vets I believe it is only 2%. Marketing and endorsement deals may be a different thing, but for contracts 3% is it.

  39. GRpatriot says: May 31, 2010 9:39 AM

    This isn’t as unusual as you might think! Players in his position probably will do a few 1 year deals.
    The Patriots will judge his value based on a couple of things:
    1. Production
    2. How upset will Brady get if he’s gone?
    Why, give up 3-5% to an agent? When you’re happy in a place and plan on staying.
    As far as Favre, it would be a step down for Moss to hook-up with him. He’s playing with the best right now! Randy has seen as have we, that Brett chokes in the post-season consistently and hasn’t been to a superbowl since? 98, 99 10+ years ago. Randy went in 2007! Aside from a miracle catch by a guy that’s been cut twice, he would have a ring now.
    Back to the future with the Vikings? I doubt it seriously. It’s like, the Vikes are so good all you have to do is roll the ball out there? You guys can’t even develop a QB! Childress is an idiot. Favre can’t play forever. About the only thing you can count on is him choking in the play offs.

  40. GRpatriot says: May 31, 2010 10:29 AM

    Season Team Receiving Rushing Fumbles
    G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
    2004 Seattle Seahawks 11 9 25 362 14.5 56 3 — — — — — — —
    2004 Oakland Raiders 6 5 5 67 13.4 18 0 — — — — — — —
    2003 Oakland Raiders 16 15 63 869 13.8 47T 2 — — — — — 2 1
    2002 Oakland Raiders 16 16 92 1,211 13.2 75 7 3 20 6.7 12 0 1 1
    2001 Oakland Raiders 16 15 83 1,139 13.7 40T 9 — — — — — 1 0
    2000 San Francisco 49ers 16 16 75 805 10.7 68T 7 1 -2 -2.0 -2 0 3 2
    1999 San Francisco 49ers 16 16 67 830 12.4 62 5 2 13 6.5 11 0 — —
    1998 San Francisco 49ers 16 16 82 1,157 14.1 75T 9 — — — — — 2 2
    1997 San Francisco 49ers 2 1 7 78 11.1 16 1 1 -10 -10.0 -10 0 — —
    1996 San Francisco 49ers 16 16 108 1,254 11.6 39 8 11 77 7.0 38 1 — —
    1995 San Francisco 49ers 16 16 122 1,848 15.1 81T 15 5 36 7.2 20T 1 3 3
    1994 San Francisco 49ers 16 16 112 1,499 13.4 69T 13 7 93 13.3 28T 2 1 1
    1993 San Francisco 49ers 16 16 98 1,503 15.3 80T 15 3 69 23.0 43T 1 3 0
    1992 San Francisco 49ers 16 16 84 1,201 14.3 80T 10 9 58 6.4 26T 1 2 1
    1991 San Francisco 49ers 16 16 80 1,206 15.1 73T 14 1 2 2.0 2 0 1 0
    1990 San Francisco 49ers 16 — 100 1,502 15.0 64T 13 2 0 0.0 2 0 — —
    1989 San Francisco 49ers 16 — 82 1,483 18.1 68T 17 5 33 6.6 17 0 — —
    1988 San Francisco 49ers 16 — 64 1,306 20.4 96T 9 13 107 8.2 29 1 — —
    1987 San Francisco 49ers 12 — 65 1,078 16.6 57T 22 8 51 6.4 17 1 — —
    1986 San Francisco 49ers 16 — 86 1,570 18.3 66T 15 10 72 7.2 18 1 — —
    1985 San Francisco 49ers 16 — 49 927 18.9 66T 3 6 26 4.3 15T 1 — —
    TOTAL 1,549 22,895 14.8 96 197 87 645 7.4 43 10 19 11
    Rice was a hell of a player no doubt!

  41. GRpatriot says: May 31, 2010 10:32 AM

    Year Team G Rec Yds Avg Yds/G Lng TD 20+ 40+ 1st FUM
    2009 New England Patriots 16 83 1,264 15.2 79.0 71T 13 18 7 62 2
    2008 New England Patriots 16 69 1,008 14.6 63.0 76T 11 14 3 46 3
    2007 New England Patriots 16 98 1,493 15.2 93.3 65T 23 18 9 74 0
    2006 Oakland Raiders 13 42 553 13.2 42.5 51 3 6 1 29 0
    2005 Oakland Raiders 16 60 1,005 16.8 62.8 79 8 15 4 46 0
    2004 Minnesota Vikings 13 49 767 15.7 59.0 82T 13 11 6 43 1
    2003 Minnesota Vikings 16 111 1,632 14.7 102.0 72 17 27 6 76 1
    2002 Minnesota Vikings 16 106 1,347 12.7 84.2 60 7 19 6 66 1
    2001 Minnesota Vikings 16 82 1,233 15.0 77.1 73T 10 14 4 59 0
    2000 Minnesota Vikings 16 77 1,437 18.7 89.8 78T 15 25 8 58 2
    1999 Minnesota Vikings 16 80 1,413 17.7 88.3 67T 11 26 8 52 1
    1998 Minnesota Vikings 16 69 1,313 19.0 82.1 61T 17 20 14 51 1
    TOTAL 186 926 14,465 15.6 77.8 82 148 213 76 662 12
    So is Randy. Jerry has 6 years of playing on Moss. 23 TD’s is an all time record.

  42. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: May 31, 2010 11:37 AM

    edgy1957 says: May 30, 2010 11:32 PM
    Joe in Toronto, Canada says:
    On the surface, 10% doesn’t sound like allot. Add up the dollar amounts though, and you have a different story.
    *************************
    Fees have been capped at 3% for a while.
    ==========================================
    I stand corrected, thanks edgy.
    It’s still allot of money though, when you add it up.

  43. HC says: May 31, 2010 12:05 PM

    Mike Florio says: “Moss, in our estimation, is entirely too emotional and impulsive to manage the intricacies and subtleties of working directly with his team on matters relating to compensation.”
    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
    I agree that it’s not wise for any player to represent himself in contract negotiations. However, I don’t understand the logic of assuming a player’s demeanor while competing on the field would be the same when he is at the negotiating table. If anything that competitive drive might be an asset. In addition Moss has successfully run an auto racing team and at least three charities, so it appears that he has good organizational and business skills, and has surely had to negotiate many things in those endeavors.
    Again, I agree players shouldn’t be their own agents – but not for the reasons listed in this column.

  44. edgy1957 says: May 31, 2010 1:51 PM

    HC says:
    I agree that it’s not wise for any player to represent himself in contract negotiations. However, I don’t
    ***********************************
    Things that you don’t want to see being made: laws, sausages and contracts. A lot gets said behind closed doors that an agent may not tell his client because of how it could affect how he feels about the team. MLB’s arbitration process usually ends up with management trying to make nice with the player afterward because of all the things that they say to justify their offer.

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