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Report: Patriots talking Moss trade with Vikings

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  October 5, 2010 08:41 PM

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randy-moss-buff.jpgAccording to Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com, the Patriots and Vikings are in trade talks to send Randy Moss to Minnesota.

Glazer posted a story about 40 minutes ago which said the Pats and Vikings were "very close" to a deal that would send Moss back to the team that made him the 21st overall draft pick in 1998. The deal is contingent on Moss working out a contract with Minnesota, according to Glazer's Patriots sources.

He also wrote that the two sides have been involved in serious talks.

The Boston Herald reported that Moss' agent, Joel Segal, asked the Patriots for a trade on Moss' behalf after New England's Week 1 win over Cincinnati. It was after that game that the 33-year old Moss broke his silence with a heartfelt but bizarre press conference in which he alternately stated his desire to remain with the Pats and his willingness to leave the organization if he didn't get a new contract before his current one expires at the end of this season.

A Patriots team official said "there's no trade" when reached for comment.

Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network has tweeted that there has been no contact between Moss and Minnesota, and he has not received permission from the Patriots to negotiate with another team. A deal could be done without that, however.

If the two sides complete the trade, it would finally unite Moss with Vikings' QB Brett Favre. Favre lobbied the Packers, whom he was with then, to acquire the receiver from the Raiders in 2007. But New England was the team that pulled off the deal with the Raiders.

On Monday night, Moss did not record a reception for the first time in his three-plus years with the Pats. Though he was frequently on the field, Tom Brady looked his way just once, on a fake spike at the close of the first half.

News, analysis and commentary from Boston.com's staff writers and contributors, including Zuri Berry and Erik Frenz.

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