Wide receiver Randy Moss has been given 5/1 odds to become the 2012 Comeback Player of the Year by the Bavada.lv gambling site, but it won't be in Minnesota. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team will not be going after Moss for a third time.
"We'll be moving on," Spielman said when asked about the 35-year-old receiver.
"Randy was a great player. But, again, our focus is more on trying to get a young team."
Moss was a first-round draft choice of the Vikings in 1998 and quickly became one of the league's most explosive players of all time.
After 13 years in the league, he amassed 954 receptions, 14,858 yards (fifth all-time and a 15.6-yard average) and 153 touchdowns (he needs seven more to become the only player other than Jerry Rice to reach 160). But he has also accumulated a lot of baggage in Minnesota, from run-ins with corporate sponsors to a run-in (literally) with a traffic cop in Minneapolis.
Moss played for the Vikings from 1998-2004 before being traded to the Oakland Raiders. He played there for two seasons, catching a combined 102 passes for 1,558 yards before the Raiders traded him to the New England Patriots, where he once again emerged as a record-setting receiver. In 2007, his first season with the Patriots, he caught 98 passes for 1,493 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Moss announced Monday on a streaming webcast that he wanted to return to the NFL. He last played in 2010, when he was part of three teams — four games each with the Patriots and Vikings and the final eight with the Tennessee Titans — and produced a combined 28 receptions and five touchdowns. Only a year before, he was an 83-catch, 1,264-yard, 13-touchdown producer still capable of dominating defensive backs.
According to Bavada, the Patriots (5/2), Bears (7/2), Redskins (5/1), 49ers (5/1) and New York Jets (11/2) are favorites to sign him.
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