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Randy Moss trade to Vikings is done; Patriots get third-round pick

Updated at 2 p.m.

The New England Patriots have traded wide receiver Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings for a third-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

The trade also involved the Patriots sending their seventh-round pick in 2012 to the Vikings, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Patriots Coach Bill Belichick told Moss of the trade in a phone call this morning and, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the men had a cordial conversation.

"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," Belichick said, in part, in a statement released by the team.

"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 Patriots acquired Moss from Oakland in 2007 for a fourth-round pick; he originally was drafted by Minnesota with a first-round pick (21st overall) in 1998. He played for the Vikings through 2004, then played in Oakland from 2005-06. In his three-plus seasons with the Patriots, he caught 259 passes, scored 52 touchdowns in 50 games and gained 3,904 yards. The trade was first reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.

The writing was on the wall for Moss, who's in the final year of his contract, on Monday night, when New England crushed Miami 41-14 and he didn't have a single catch. Afterward, he explained, "It's called a gameplan," but ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss was reporting that Moss and quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien had a heated exchange at halftime.

The Boston Herald reported that Moss requested a trade after the game. (Think Brandon Tate might get some passes thrown his way after his Monday night performance?)

The move, which comes 13 days ahead of the Oct. 19 trade deadline, gives Vikings quarterback Brett Favre the big-play receiver he's been lacking with Sidney Rice recovering from preseason hip surgery. As for the Patriots, they did the same thing with Richard Seymour last year, shipping him to Oakland for a draft pick. And they officially are now loaded for the 2011 draft (which will occur regardless of the labor situation) with, as ESPN's Adam Schefter points out, double picks in the first, second, third and fourth rounds. (In addition to their picks, they'd have Oakland's in Round 1, Carolina's in Round 2, Minnesota's in Round 3, and Denver's in Round 4.)

Um, yeah ...

If MLB Commish Bud Selig didn't hate the NFL after McNabb trade on Opening Day, he does now after Moss trade on first day of postseason.less than a minute ago via web

Statistical footnotes

Moss may play in 17 games this year, since the Vikings' bye was Oct. 3. (Some Twitter wags say he didn't play Monday night, but, really, he did.) ... The Vikings play the Patriots on Oct. 31 in Foxborough.

Rex Ryan reacts

Jets Coach Rex Ryan on the Moss trade: "There goes sleeping well this week." (via Newsday's Bob Glauber)

More headlines:

NFL asks Feingold campaign to stop using footage of Randy Moss, NFL players

Remember when Randy Moss left Minnesota? Kevin Seifert does.

Fox's Adam Caplan analyzes the trade.

The Patriots just don't need Randy Moss like they used to, Tony Massarotti writes.

By Cindy Boren  | October 6, 2010; 5:37 AM ET
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The Vikings tried to acquire the receiver Vincent Jackson Chargers two weeks ago, but could not reach an agreement with San Diego.

If one goes by the trade, Moss would return to the team that drafted him in the first round of the Marshall in 1998. It would also create a very interesting match Oct. 31, when the Vikings come to Gillette Stadium. Randy Moss To Vikings

Posted by: susan166 | October 6, 2010 6:08 AM | Report abuse

How many times are you going to trade your draft picks for Herschel Walker?

History repeats itself. Chasing 1 super bowl instead of chasing a dynasty. With AD, S.Rice, and T.Jackson you've got what you need. Not to mention V.Shiancoe. Instead the Vikings are going to piss it all away for a one-and-done year.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | October 6, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Moss has already said it would be his last year with NE. It was smart of The Pats to get more for him than they paid, and got some of his best years. After that many years in the league, a multi-year deal would be a gamble for any team, especially with a possible lockout next year.
The Vikes will benefit for this year but I can't see Moss being a big contributor for much longer.

Posted by: pjohn2 | October 6, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Rednecks in new England didn't want to pay the Brother.

BOSTON contiues to be the most RACIST BIG CITY IN AMERICA!

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | October 6, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Why would anyone want that foul ball Moss on his team? And when is the media going to stop idolizing guys like Moss and Owens?


Posted by: rmkraus | October 6, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I like TO. He's funny and can still be a productive WR. His TD celebrations never bothered me and always cracks me up.

Posted by: GAU8A | October 6, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

RE: Racist city ...

Racist Boston? Really? That old canard? Maybe they just didn't want to spend a lot of long-term money on a washed-up loudmouth.

Posted by: HappiAbbi | October 6, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I love Randy and have enjoyed watching him play and will miss him here. Wish him the best (when not playing against NE, lol)

Racist? Really? Grow up...

Posted by: LP44 | October 6, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Randy Moss, a sure HOF player, is simply no longer a NE Patriot. This in and of itself does not make the Patriot organization 'racist'. Was Oakland 'racist' to let Moss go? Was Dallas racist by letting 'TO' (Terrell Owens) go? How about the Philly Eagles and 'TO'? Or the Buffalo Bills and 'TO'? It was I believe, as Moss aptly states, a 'business decision'--nothing more and nothing less!!! By the way, if Beantown is so full of racists then who the heck voted for Governor Duval Patrick (a Black man)??? Let us investigate!

Posted by: Menemshablues | October 6, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. Moss will benifit the Vikings for this year and maybe next year at the most. Patriots got 2 of Moss's best years, we were smart for getting rid of him. Now Brady has more freedom on the field and isnt bound to the specific plays that Randy Moss could only complete.
Also i see the stradegy in this..Vikings play the Jets next week..we'll see what happens there.

Posted by: Patsfan12 | October 7, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

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