JUPITER, Fla. — Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss, who is entering the final year of his contract, said that he doesn’t expect to get a new deal with the Patriots and that he thinks he’ll be looking for a new team after this season.
“I don’t think they are going to extend my contract here,” said Moss, speaking to reporters at the charity softball game of former Patriots teammate Heath Evans.
“I understand the beast, the nature of it. I think that just with what I think and what I know I don’t think they’re going to re-sign me back. So, after this season if there is not a lockout I’ll be looking for a new team. I got a lot of respect for the Patriots and what they did for me and my family. So, the only thing I can do is just play this year out and see what my future holds after that. “
Moss is slated to make $6.4 million in base salary in the final year of the three-year, $27 million deal he signed with the Patriots following his record-setting 2007 season. He was still productive last season, catching 83 passes for 1,264 yards and tied for the NFL lead with 13 touchdown receptions.
Moss was asked why he felt the team wouldn’t bring him back.
“It’s the business of it, man,” said Moss, who turned 33 this month. “You got to understand the business of football. There is not bad blood. There is no animosity on my side or their side. I think it’s just the nature of the business of the NFL.
“You know the Patriots don’t really pay, so when I got my second contract from them that was a blessing in disguise. I understand the business. I don’t think they’re going to re-sign me back. I’m not mad. I’m not bitter. It’s just the way things are in this NFL, so like I said after this year I’ll be looking for a new team. I think so.”
Moss was asked to expound on his theory that the Patriots “don’t really pay” and said it’s just the organization’s philosophy.
“That’s not a knock on them. That’s just how they run their
organization,” said Moss. “That’s how it is. Put it like this, I guess
that before I came there the philosophy was believing in their system.
I think that’s where they really don’t pay guys because they have so
much faith in their system. I didn’t mean it as a knock against the
organization. They just don’t pay. If as an individual I’m not really
in their future plans I would like to go elsewhere.”
Moss, quarterback Tom Brady is also entering the final year of his
contract. Moss was much more optimistic about Brady’s future as a
Patriot than his own.
“Like I said, man, I don’t really know
what’s going on with his situation or his contract, but if you ask me
personally I think that Tom Brady is going to be a New England
Patriot,” said Moss. “But as far as me I don’t really know. I know I
would like a new contract. I think I’ve done enough to have a new
“The last couple of years I’ve played through so
much. You know I’ve never let the team down, as far as going out there
every Sunday. I still showed at 32 years of age, now I’m 33, that I am
durable. So, like I said if they want to give me a new contract I would
entertain that, but I don’t really think that I’m going to be a New
England Patriot next year. So, I’ll play this year out and then look
for whatever the future is next.”