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Patriots trade WR Randy Moss to Vikings

October 7, 2010

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— Brett Favre finally got his wish. He will be playing with Randy Moss, and the Vikings couldn’t be happier about it.

The Vikings got Moss from New England on Wednesday for a 2011 draft pick, another eye-opening acquisition that comes just in time to rejuvenate a stagnant offense for a challenging stretch of games.

The Patriots gave the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver the exit he expected and sent him back to the team that turned him into a superstar after drafting him in the first round in 1998.

There are still plenty of fond memories around here of Moss’s electrifying performances, along with his colorful comments and contrarian behavior.

“He can still go downtown and get the football, which is a stand-alone factor,” Vikings coach Brad Childress said. “He could sprain his toe here sometime coming up, and you could say that he’s 33, it’s old age. But there’s always risk-reward. I don’t necessarily see this as boom or bust. I think he’s got some more football in him.”

The Vikings play at New York on Monday night, and Childress said without hesitation Moss would be in uniform against the Jets — in his old purple No. 84.

“Man, we wish this would have happened a week later,” Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson said.

There will be high drama. Check out Minnesota’s last two games in October: at rival Green Bay, and then at New England.

“In this business, there are complex and often difficult decisions, but it is my responsibility to make them based on what I feel is best for our football team, in both the short term and long term,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have coached Randy Moss, and aside from facing him as an opponent, I wish him the very best for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career.”

The Vikings didn’t practice Wednesday. Moss is expected to join the team today and talk with reporters afterward.

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