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Tom Brady: I love Randy Moss, would welcome him back

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We noted over the weekend that Randy Moss would end his retirement and return to the field if the Patriots came calling. That sounds good to Tom Brady.

Brady said on WEEI today that he loved playing with Moss from 2007 until Moss was traded to the Vikings four games into 2010, and he’d love the opportunity to do it again.

“You never know in the NFL,” Brady said, via the Boston Herald. “I love Randy, he’s one of the greatest receivers in the history of the game, one of the greatest players I’ve had a chance to play with. But unfortunately, I don’t make personnel decisions.”

The person who does make the personnel decisions, Bill Belichick, sent Moss packing last year, and Moss didn’t do anything after that to make Belichick think he made the wrong decision. So it’s tough to see why the Patriots would want Moss in 2011 if they didn’t want him in 2010.

And Brady said he has no idea if Moss even wants to end his retirement to play in New England again. But if Moss does have a second stint with the Patriots, Brady thinks it will go a lot better than Moss’s second stint with the Vikings.

“Who knows? I can’t get into his brain,” Brady said. “I love the guy, he’s a great friend of mine, and if he ever did come back and play, I’d welcome him with open arms.”

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62 Responses to “Tom Brady: I love Randy Moss, would welcome him back”
  1. halfie6 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:31 AM

    Having Moss around is a great way to make Brady’s hair look good.

  2. jenniferxxx says: Sep 6, 2011 9:32 AM

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that …

  3. wtfru2 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:33 AM

    How many times do I have to say it….I play when I want to play!

  4. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 6, 2011 9:36 AM

    Nobody in the NFL wants to see that happen. Particularly Rex Ryan. Cover Randy properly and watch the tight ends tear you up. Cover the middle of the field too close and repeatedly leave Branch and Moss downfield.

  5. jw731 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:37 AM

    The LifeTime channel should do a movie……

  6. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:39 AM

    Who in the hell wants a quitter on their team? C’mon Tom, you know better

  7. scudbot says: Sep 6, 2011 9:42 AM

    Aw. That’s as cute as Frodo and Sam.

  8. seanmmartin says: Sep 6, 2011 9:43 AM

    Moss and Ochocinco would be nice; Gronk and AHern underneath with Welker running around like the 12-year-old son at a family BBQ pick-up game. It’s funny to think this is actually the best pass-attack in the game today.

  9. mrwaters says: Sep 6, 2011 9:43 AM

    WOOOOOOO watch out boys !!!! If it were to happen, I don’t care what team you are… you would still have to worry about guarding Moss and OchoCinco, say what you want about Ocho’ s problems, he will catch on VERY QUICK .

  10. j0esixpack says: Sep 6, 2011 9:45 AM

    I heard the interview – reading the words and hearing Brady say it are two different things.

    There was a longggg pause when they asked him if he wanted Randy back.

    It seemed his initial gut reaction was “no” – but then he took the diplomatic approach.

  11. steelerhypocrite says: Sep 6, 2011 9:45 AM

    Why not get Moss and TO, and along side Ocho-Cinco they can have the biggest trio of prima-donnas who have never won a thing. I know the Patriots are desperate now that they can’t cheat anymore…but really? NE = Aging Cougar – purely desperate and lost almost all appeal.

  12. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:46 AM

    Man I am so tired of hearing about this cry baby who won’t play football unless he gets his way.

    Goodell should suspend this clown just for being a weak weirdo.

  13. threedeep1998 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:47 AM

    if Ocho or Branch get hurt…I can see this happening.

  14. holdthemayo123 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:47 AM

    NE’s receiving corp has some age and injury prone players, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see a need for Moss at some point in the year.

  15. ticalcaldwell says: Sep 6, 2011 9:51 AM

    Starting to realize that Ocho is mostly hype…He looks good running those crisp routes, but that’s about it….jus sayin…

  16. mankato98 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:51 AM

    Translation: “I don’t like Ochocinco, would welcome his departure.”

  17. joetoronto says: Sep 6, 2011 9:51 AM

    What’s he supposed to say?

    He hears the rumors and Moss saying he would go back, should he say I don’t want him back?

    He knows the decision has nothing to do with him.

  18. rc33 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:54 AM

    LMAO..
    50 TD’s in 51 games with the Patriots….but yeah, he sucks.

    The last thing you jamokes want to see is Moss in a Patriot uniform again.

    Stay in shape, Randy

  19. grpatriot says: Sep 6, 2011 9:54 AM

    Only if Randy has his own value realistically in mind! At his age, it’ll be a year to year deal. That was caused the issues in the locker-room in the 1st place.
    U don’t go to the podium and complain about being appreciated. Not in New England anyway…

  20. willysantos says: Sep 6, 2011 9:55 AM

    The Pats are a sorry cheating franchise on the down swing. Of course they will bring in Moss. They will put anyone on their team to appear relevant.

  21. MCxShow says: Sep 6, 2011 9:56 AM

    If Moss did return to NE, a 5 wide set of Moss, Ochocinco, Welker, Branch and one of the TEs or RBs would be very difficult to stop w/ Brady at the helm.

  22. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Sep 6, 2011 9:57 AM

    Don’t discount entirely the possibility of a Moss reunion, especially if Chad Ochocinco doesn’t start catching the ball more consistently by mid-season.

  23. vincentbojackson says: Sep 6, 2011 9:57 AM

    Moss and Ocho????

    Didn’t the Pats basically fire Randy?

    Besides, how did T.O. and Ocho work out?

  24. 3octaveFart says: Sep 6, 2011 10:06 AM

    It’s easy to take the high road and score cheap points, when you already know there’s no way in hell it will ever happen.

  25. Soulman45 says: Sep 6, 2011 10:06 AM

    If he can still run why not make OOOOhhho the 3rd receiver.

  26. sterling7 says: Sep 6, 2011 10:12 AM

    As far as Moss “ever” coming back to the Patriots-you’ve got a better chance of seeing God!. They dropped Moss for a reason(s) and he ain’t comin back, get used to it. P.S. I should like to thank ProFootball Talk for keeping football alive for us who really need it. I know with every passing day of the NFL strike it was harder and harder to do. Thank you ProFootball talk as this is where I get up to date info and gossip about football-the only gossip I like!

  27. ampats says: Sep 6, 2011 10:12 AM

    williesantos,

    what was your team the jets filming in the 2006 playoff game that the jets cameraman was escorted off the field ?Difference is the Pats did not “snitch” on the jests

    Another poster that doesn’t really understand the NFL rules circa Goodell

    Week# 5 will be here soon enough 28-21 crowd !

  28. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 6, 2011 10:13 AM

    Same here, Tom.

  29. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 6, 2011 10:14 AM

    willysantos says: Sep 6, 2011 9:55 AM
    The Pats are a sorry cheating franchise on the down swing. Of course they will bring in Moss.
    **********

    I am sorry your mother never loved you.

  30. mistrezzrachael says: Sep 6, 2011 10:15 AM

    Somehow you know it’s going to happen…but will probably happen after an injury.

    Though..is nice insurance policy to have…esp when he knows their system

  31. CKL says: Sep 6, 2011 10:17 AM

    “Who knows? I can’t get into his brain,” Brady said.
    _____________________________________
    And that’s the whole thing with Moss. He’s a complicated person and you just can’t make the guy happy. He sulks his way our of Oakland and is ok with a prove it deal in NE and he has a great year with 0 public drama so you think, OK this guy meant what he said, he just wants to be on a consistent winner where he isn’t “THE” big personality. HE even catches some balls over the middle and your eyebrows raise and you’re impressed. The next year, he loses his beloved QB and restrains himself from acting a fool to the media and ends up doing pretty well with the backup and you think, well maybe the guy will be ok. If you use his strengths (9 routes) and he gets a lot of catches, he’ll be glad, but then whine about his money to the media. If he’s unhappy, he causes INTs instead of completions. If you phase him out of the offense while still paying him “last years’s money”? Well that’s when you get the Moss they traded to Min (and the one who needed to be dealt from Oak and Minn the FIRST time).

    TB’s being a good former teammate and current friend here, that’s my take.

  32. flavordave says: Sep 6, 2011 10:25 AM

    Yeah Tom…and I remember T.O. saying ” I love Donovan”

  33. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 6, 2011 10:34 AM

    FlavorDave- it really wasn’t so much between T.O and Donavan as it was between T.O and the Eagles organization for not paying him what he was worth

  34. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 6, 2011 10:40 AM

    Tom always fancied Randy’s physique.

  35. homelanddefense says: Sep 6, 2011 10:44 AM

    Im a Pats fan, and I dont want him back.

  36. green41563 says: Sep 6, 2011 10:51 AM

    I guess Ochocinco must be working out like a charm.

  37. jbcommonsense says: Sep 6, 2011 11:02 AM

    Brady is a great QB with a very professional attitude. He’ s on board for anything that would make them a winner… and he leaves evaluating Moss’s personality to Belichick.

  38. bullcharger says: Sep 6, 2011 11:04 AM

    If Randy could come back, not care if he ever caught the ball and just be a deep threat, draw double coverage and help to open up the passing game when needed, he would be a great addition.

    We all know instead he will want the ball and will stop running routes as soon as Brady stops getting it to him.

    It’s a shame that the ego of guys like TO and Randy don’t allow them to become role players to finish out their career. They could be useful for quite a few more years.

  39. citizenstrange says: Sep 6, 2011 11:11 AM

    Not even trying to be snarky but to me there is just a HUGE disconnect between the brave, smart, dedicated, driven, fantastic teammate that Brady LOVES ….. Randy Moss ….. and the malcontent slacker that was such an insufferable jerk that he got himself traded from the Patriots in midseason.

    What happened last year? Seriously?

  40. duncanthecat says: Sep 6, 2011 11:14 AM

    Please do sign Moss. Fat Albert needs a character building teammate he can hang out with.

    They can read the newspaper during team meetings together.

  41. dagoose71 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:15 AM

    The Pats are a sorry cheating franchise on the down swing. Of course they will bring in Moss. They will put anyone on their team to appear relevant.
    ——————————————————yep that 14-2 downswing we’ll kill you….

  42. dwightmlee says: Sep 6, 2011 11:16 AM

    Moss is done, Ocho is done – neither is good enough or smart enough or a hard enough worker to make the grade. Playing for the Pats is ‘different’. You don’t have to be the best. You have to be the hardest worker, smart, and buy into the internally generated mistique. Once you lose the rest of the vets – you lose as a player.

  43. radrntn says: Sep 6, 2011 11:26 AM

    oh please sign him, it would be great. I mean the pats did go 16-0 with him, and Billidick is such a great coach that he can have every outcast from every other team, in turn them into real pro’s on and off the field. I mean if billidick can’t do it nobody can. The pat’s are the greatest team ever in the history of the NFL. Rober kraft is the best owner of any pro sports team. If the pats get moss, the eagles better watch out, because they will have the real dream team…..signed from the entire staff from BSPN , for the rest of us…get your boots on , it getting knee deep again.

  44. dayumyou says: Sep 6, 2011 11:27 AM

    LMAO at you haters who would welcome Tom Brady on your loser teams in a New York minute….go on now…u know it’s true…..not a Pats fan myself but I still know it’s true.

  45. mrvikingsfan11 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:38 AM

    Belichick is a cheater and his trade to mn smells fishy the way Randy played there and in Tenn, knowing no one would want him in 2011, put a retirement in the mix to make it look alittle better and then the Pats will call him back and there you go, he gets an extra draft pick for free.

  46. mistrezzrachael says: Sep 6, 2011 12:01 PM

    mrvikingsfan11 says:
    Sep 6, 2011 11:38 AM
    Belichick is a cheater and his trade to mn smells fishy the way Randy played there and in Tenn, knowing no one would want him in 2011, put a retirement in the mix to make it look alittle better and then the Pats will call him back and there you go, he gets an extra draft pick for free.

    I know for a fact that people in MINN are not as dumb as you sound in that post….Cmon little man, read what you wrote…you cannot be that stupid.

  47. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 6, 2011 12:02 PM

    2010— “Coach, this guy is laying down on me. I want him gone”

    2011— “I’d love to have him back”

    What?

  48. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 6, 2011 12:11 PM

    @nomoreseasontix

    Link to that first alleged Brady quote? Seems like something you just pulled out of your rear end.

  49. granadafan says: Sep 6, 2011 12:39 PM

    Of course Brady is being diplomatic here. He’s the leader of the team and is not going to throw a former teammated under the bus. He added a great qualifier that he doesn’t make the decisions and deflects questions to management who clearly don’t want a cancer back on the team.

    That said, can you imagine the clownfest the Pats would be if they had TO, Chad Johnson, and Moss on the same team?

  50. allprofantasy says: Sep 6, 2011 12:55 PM

    Take notes Eli Manning- that is how you support a WR who helped you along the way!!

  51. iflounder says: Sep 6, 2011 1:04 PM

    you know those two have totally done it.

  52. lightofkolob says: Sep 6, 2011 1:27 PM

    Randy Moss retutn to NE? Can this PLEASE happen!

  53. mineallmine001 says: Sep 6, 2011 1:32 PM

    Yes but more importantly will randy show up with flowers for tom?

  54. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Sep 6, 2011 1:37 PM

    adrntn says:Sep 6, 2011 11:26 AM

    oh please sign him, it would be great. I mean the pats did go 16-0 with him, and Billidick is such a great coach that he can have every outcast from every other team, in turn them into real pro’s on and off the field. I mean if billidick can’t do it nobody can. The pat’s are the greatest team ever in the history of the NFL. Rober kraft is the best owner of any pro sports team. If the pats get moss, the eagles better watch out, because they will have the real dream team…..signed from the entire staff from BSPN , for the rest of us…get your boots on , it getting knee deep again.

    ————————————-

    Blah, blah, blah – raiders are the GOAT…

    Blah, blah, blah – Jamarcus was not a bust of gigantic proportion…

    Child please…

  55. psousa1 says: Sep 6, 2011 1:44 PM

    Moss never sold his house still lives in Rhode Island 20 minutes from Foxboro………..someone goes down he’ll be in

  56. radrntn says: Sep 6, 2011 2:04 PM

    dayumyou says:
    Sep 6, 2011 11:27 AM
    LMAO at you haters who would welcome Tom Brady on your loser teams in a New York minute….go on now…u know it’s true…..not a Pats fan myself but I still know it’s true.
    ______________________________

    no i really would rather have Jason Cambell.

    get real, it’s a coin toss right now on Brady, and Montana as best ever. I love the bay area kid brady, but i know without brady, the pats are just another team that won’t make the playoffs.

  57. arnoldziffel says: Sep 6, 2011 3:06 PM

    Well gee Tom, don’t stop there …

    Tell us which one of your current receivers you’d cut to make room for ol’ Randy.

  58. pastabelly says: Sep 6, 2011 3:54 PM

    If Branch gets hurt (and the sad fact is that he often does), Moss would be a logical candidate to replace him. The other options are Edelman and Price and the team is already thin at the TE position.

  59. rail77 says: Sep 6, 2011 7:39 PM

    Randy Moss is definately going to play this y ear. To think otherwise is insane. Now, I’ll agree with anyone, when it comes to Randy’s attitude. But, no one can deny his talent. That’s God given. And, when God gives you something, no one can take it away. It’s okay to hate Randy Moss, if that’s your cup of tea. Personally, I love watching him work, when he’s motivated. And, I use the word motivated very losely. I just hope that he matures while he still has the talent to make a significant contribution to the game of football, regardless of where he winds up. Understanding that football is a very forgiving sport (ask all the ex-cons that are back in the game), and Randy has never really been in trouble with the law, it’s quite conceivable that Randy could wind up back on the Patriots. The truth be told, he was very well liked in the locker room, by the players. Randy’s problems has always been with management. If you watch him in the locker room, you will see that he is a motivational leader for his teammates. Sure, he’s got the “Super Ego”, which I can’t stand. But, that’s not going to stop him from getting in the “Hall of Fame”. We’ve got guys in the Football Hall of Fame, who were alcoholics and drug users, at some point in their careers. So why not Randy Moss? Hate him if you like; but if Bill Billichek where to swallow his pride, and let Randy Moss back on his team, they would be a very strong contender for another Super Bowl, especially, when you have one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time throwing to him. Look at his films. He makes one-handed catches, over either shoulder, without braking stride. He is to football, what “Bolt” is to track. He makes it look too easy! That’s why it looks like he’s never hustling. Let’s face it. He’s never going to dive for a football. That’s not his game. He is, and will always be the guy who stretches the field. The guy who can fly past you, as if you’re standing still. Just sling the football and let Randy run under like no one else can. There are no defensive backs that can out-jump him for the football. If he ever got his head on straight and really hustled, on every play, there is no defensive back in football that can cover him one-on-one, not to take anything away from “Reevis”, “Asomugha” or “Champ Bailey”, who are great cover guys.

  60. j0esixpack says: Sep 6, 2011 11:47 PM

    If this actually happened it would mean that Belichick traded Moss to Childress for Moss and Ryan Mallet.

    Moss also happened to take out two veteran coaches along the way too!

  61. bozosforall says: Sep 7, 2011 2:43 PM

    Brady just misses all the BJs that Randy used to give him every week in order to get thrown to on Sunday.

  62. bozosforall says: Sep 7, 2011 2:50 PM

    tiffpats4eva says:
    Sep 6, 2011 10:14 AM
    willysantos says: Sep 6, 2011 9:55 AM
    The Pats are a sorry cheating franchise on the down swing. Of course they will bring in Moss.
    **********

    I am sorry your mother never loved you.

    ___
    Just as we are all sorry that your dad touched you in “that way” (the same way that Dustin Pedroia’s brother “touched” Dustin when they were kids).

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