Welcome back to Randy Moss night at PFT, sponsored by Bill Simmons’ Twitter account.
Here’s the latest:
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and others have backed up the report from FOX’s Jay Glazer that the Vikings and Patriots are talking about a possible Randy Moss trade. No deal appears imminent, however, and Florio reported Moss and the Vikings have not talked about a possible contract as of 8:00 p.m. ET.
Our old friend Tom Curran, now of Comcast SportsNet New England, got in touch with Vikings coach Brad Childress Tuesday night.
“I don’t know anything about it. I’m watching film. I’m just sitting here watching the Jets and Patriots play,” Childress said.
(It’s worth noting Childress also told his coaching staff to clumsily lie about players visiting Brett Favre in Mississippi back in August.)
Curran has two Patriots sources that shot down reports of a deal. He admits things could ultimately change, but he believes there is nothing brewing at this time. Curran spoke with Moss after Monday night’s game and Moss was “more engaging” than he’d ever seen him.
Other reports out of Boston suggest a different attitude from Moss. Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports that Moss requested a trade after the team’s Week One victory. Gary Tanguay of Comcast has sources claiming Moss and coach Bill Belichick “had words” on Tuesday.
Finally, Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com wrote something that also popped into my mind. A Moss deal only makes sense from the Patriots perspective if the team gets a Richard Seymour-like bounty in return: a first-round pick.
It’s unlike the Patriots to dump a player at less than full value, no matter how much that player wants to get paid.
UPDATE: Glazer says there was trade talk even before Monday night’s Patriots game.