Evidently Brad Childress had a very good reason for letting Randy Moss stay in the Boston area after Sunday's game. He didn't want him to return to Winter Park -- ever.
Childress told his players in a team meeting that Moss would be waived by the Vikings a day after the wide receiver gave a rambling statement following a loss to the Patriots. Childress attempted to downplay Moss' comments in his news conference this afternoon, where he didn't mention the move,but clearly he had seen enough after the wide receiver played four games for the Vikings.
ESPN reported Moss' name did not appear on the waiver wire today, meaning the soonest he could be waived is Tuesday.
Linebacker Ben Leber said Childress didn't give a specific reason for Moss being cut. "No reason, really, [he] just wanted to give everybody a heads-up and say this is what's going on, and that's it," Leber said. "He didn't really dive into any details, and just said that's what were going to go with."
Moss, obtained from the Patriots in early October for a third-round pick in 2011, had only one catch for 8 yards on Sunday in a 28-18 loss at New England and had 13 catches for 174 yards and three touchdowns since joining the Vikings.
The Vikings did not officially announce the move, and Moss' locker stall had all its belongings in it during the media access period following Childress' news conference.
Leber admitted he was shocked when Childress told the team of the decision. "But again I think it was something we have to stand behind," he said. "We’re not going to let it be a distraction or anything like that. It will be news today and we come back Wednesday and it will be forgotten.”
According to one person with knowledge of the situation, Childress told the team that Moss' actions were not the way things were done around the Vikings organization or how people were to be treated.
The waiver period is 24 hours, so if Moss goes on Tuesday, he would be on until Wednesday. Any team that claims Moss would be responsible for the balance of Moss' $6.4 million base salary, or the Vikings will owe the balance. If he clears waivers, the Vikings still must pay him, and he could sign with another team for a smaller salary.
Moss, who was fined $25,000 last week for failing to cooperate with the media, informed everyone that he would no longer take questions for the rest of the season but instead would ask himself questions and then answer them. Moss then proceeded to praise the Patriots, while criticizing the Vikings for not listening to the tips he gave them about his former team. Moss also took a shot at Childress for not kicking a field goal at the end of the first half and instead going for it on fourth down at the New England 1-yard line. Adrian Peterson lost 2 yards.
Childress disagreed with Moss' assertion that he had not heeded the advice the veteran gave about how New England would approach things. “I think we did a pretty good job of heeding it, both offensively and defensively," Childress said. "He gave us some windows into how we thought they would end up playing. That’s obviously in his eyes.”
Childress, though, attempted to downplay there were any troubles with Moss when in fact he had set the wheels in motion to get rid of him.
“Do I find [the comments] incendiary?" he said. "I just think he was going back to a spot that he has a lot of affection for and I thought by and large those comments were regarding the people there, the coach there, the ownership there and obviously there’s a fondness in his heart for those guys on that football team. Hey, you’d like to go out there and beat their tails off, nothing he would like better, but at the same time he enjoyed his stay there.”
Safety Jamarca Sanford had a locker near Moss' at Winter Park. "As far as I’m concerned, he was a good teammate, from what we know," Sanford said. "But you never know what goes on behind closed doors. So, I’m not trying to get into to that. As far as I know he was a great teammate and he’s a great guy."