Randy Moss’ improbable return to Minnesota is about to become reality.
The Vikings and the Patriots have agreed to a blockbuster trade that will send the Pro Bowl wide receiver back to Minnesota for the Vikings’ 2011 third-round pick on Wednesday, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
When the trade is completed, the Patriots will have two picks in each of the first four rounds of the 2011 draft — their own picks and a first-round pick from Oakland, a second-round pick from Carolina, the third-round pick from Minnesota and a fourth-rounder from Denver.
A source close to Moss told ESPN NFL senior analyst Chris Mortensen that Patriots coach Bill Belichick informed Moss of the trade on Wednesday morning by telephone. The source said the conversation was cordial, with both men expressing appreciation for the time they spent together.
Moss will report to the Vikings on Wednesday and is said to be “excited” about returning to his original team with Brett Favreat quarterback, the source said. No contract extension talks have been conducted, but it is expected the two sides will have a discussion later in the day, the source said.
FoxSports.com earlier reported the trade talks.
The seven-time Pro Bowl receiver is in the final year of his four-year contract with New England and has voiced his displeasure with being in limbo.
“When you have done so much and put so much work in, it kind of feels like I am not wanted,” Moss said before the season began on Sept. 6. “I am taking that in stride and playing my final year out and whatever the future holds is what it holds, but it is kind of a bad feeling — feeling not wanted. It is not like my production has gone down.”
A few days later he apologized for the timing of his comments and said he loves playing in New England.
But the Boston Herald, citing an unnamed source, reported on Tuesday that Moss wanted out of New England after a Week 1 win on Sept. 12, telling his agent to ask the Patriots to trade him.
Although the Patriots crushed the Dolphins on Monday night, Moss did not have a catch — the first time that’s happened for him in a New England uniform.
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