FOXBOROUGH — Receiver Randy Moss has not yet been released from the Minnesota Vikings, according to various reports.
Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer said Vikings coach Brad Childress informed him that Moss hasn’t been told personally of his release, and the transaction had yet to be submitted to the league. But Childress informed Vikings players in a meeting today.
And according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, there are some within the Vikings organization not on board with Childress’ decision to release Moss.
This could get interesting.
The personnel power structure of the Vikings is murky. It is believed that Childress, vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman, and Rob Brzezinski, vice president of football operations, all have some say in personnel decisions. It has been called a “Triangle of Authority” in the past, although it’s doubtful that term has ever been used in the Vikings’ offices. But all three report directly to owner Zygi Wilf.
Last season’s run to the NFC Championship game with Childress’ hand-picked quarterback, Brett Favre, likely gave Childress more personnel clout.
But with the Vikings at 2-5 and Favre struggling, Childress may have been marginalized in some respect.
According to Glazer, Childress told the team Moss “is not the type of guy we need around here.” One rumor was that Childress may have thought Moss was trying to get Childress fired.
Vikings players were “strongly, strongly opposed” to Moss’ release, according to Glazer.
Since Moss was not on the NFL’s transaction wire today, the earliest he can officially be on the market is 4 p.m. Tuesday.