The verbage of the Randy Moss story is changing by the minute, and the series of events has brought about several different fragments of the larger story at play.
One of the most intriguing aspects — which has been brought to light via the reporting of NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi – is the sequence in which everyone but Vikings coach Brad Childress appears to have found out about the pending move. (Moss was not placed on waivers before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.)
Per Lombardi, Childress did not notify Vikings management that he intended to waive Moss. Contractually, he doesn’t have to do so. Childress has control of the Vikings’ 53-man roster and has the final say on those decisions. But he did tell the team of his intentions, which is the point in the story where word began to leak out.
Ultimately, the rest of the Vikings organization found out about the release of Moss at the same time the story went public. Suffice to say, it was a surprise to many.
As Lombardi aptly points out, about the only things known for certain is that Childress no longer wants Moss on the Vikings. That’s officially expected to happen when he’s placed on waivers Tuesday.
Childress told reporters Monday that Moss had permission from the team to remain in New England and report back later in the week. So Moss wasn’t at the meeting in which his teammates reportedly found out the receiver would be waived. His agent, Joel Segal, told the Star Tribune that he and Moss found out about the move Monday morning, which prompted the statement he released.
As these details continue to emerge, it only shows the situation surrounding Moss in Minnesota is about as murky as the Mississippi River. It appears far from over as well, so the next 48 hours should be interesting. As we like to say … stay tuned. Literally.
– Frank Tadych
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