Randy Moss glad he wasn't on the Love Boat
With owners looking on at practice on Thursday, Randy Moss is ready to roll with the Minnesota Vikings.
The team re-acquired its former star on Wednesday in a trade with the New England Patriots, and Moss got to work with quarterback Brett Favre and the offensive coaches, intent on helping turn around the fortunes of a season that is off to a 1-2 start.
Moss, who can be engaging when he chooses to talk, kept an audience captivated for 15 minutes at a press conference the Minneapolis Star Tribune detailed.
“I did have a few mix-ups here, but who didn’t?" Moss said about his first stint with the Vikings. "What if I’d have been on that boat? There really would have been some problems."
Moss talked about winning a Super Bowl and clearly the Vikings have mortgaged their future with that very same thought in mind. It’s a credit to owner Zygi Wilf, who knows he needs a successful season to once again try to convince state lawmakers to help him construct a new stadium.
“I’m very fortunate to be back home where it all started," Moss said. "It’s been a hectic last 48 hours. I didn’t really know what to expect. It kind of feels weird that I was just in New England, trying to make things happen and overnight just get traded back home. I thought about this, time and time again, about how this thing was going to play out. And it was the love for me still here in Minnesota. All I’ve been seeing is nothing but positive.
"To all the Vikings fans that’s coming to that Metrodome, pull your 84 jerseys out, man, I think this is going to be a fun ride.”
The Vikings owe Moss roughly $5 million this season and have agreed not to place the franchise tag on him after the year.
“I don’t want to really get into contracts,” he said. “I think that’s how the whole thing started. Some things in New England didn’t go according to plan. You see I’m here now. I’m not really wanting to get into the contract thing. I think everything is going to work itself out. If I’m going to be here next year as a Viking, then that’s what it’s going to be. If I’m not, then I’m not. For right now, I have a job to do, and for now let’s leave it at that.”
Moss wants to keep the focus on teaming up with Favre, who he almost joined in Green Bay.
“Me and Brett has a long history with one another. I think when we started out in the NFC, playing against one another, and his agent, Bus Cook, and I have a very strong relationship,” he said. “All along he just wanted to see if me and Brett could hook up one day. Knowing that I’m a little older, knowing that he’s older, I know we don’t have that far of a window. The opportunity is closing. We just have to take it one game at a time, one practice at a time. I know I’m coming in a little late. Hopefully, get our timing down and carry it on into the games."
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