UPDATE THE THIRD: Oh, wait, hold everything. Turns out maybe Brad Childress attempted to "establish dominance" over Randy by "going rogue", which would mean that now instead of one problem player to contend with, he has to face the ire of the rest of his roster, plus the consternation of team ownership.
But, then again, this story has now gone back and forth so much, I'm inclined to just wait a while to see how things settle out. No more tracking these zig-zagging updates, like a kitten teased with the beam of a flashlight on a wall, for me.
Well, until tomorrow, at least.
UPDATE 2: NESN.com fills me in on the waiver rules:
If the report is indeed true, teams will be able to sign Moss in order of the worst record to the best record in the league. That puts the Bills, Panthers, Cowboys, Broncos, 49ers, Browns, Bengals, Lions and Chargers as the teams with the first chance to sign him.
The Patriots, with an NFL-best 6-1 record, would only have a chance to re-sign Moss if all other 31 teams passed on their chance. Given that he's now burned through two teams in the matter of a month, teams will likely be very hesitant to add a player like Moss at this point in the season. It's not out of the question that the Patriots take that gamble, as they have an intimate knowledge of Moss from his three-plus seasons in New England.
As this story has unfolded, it's reminded me a little bit of the time Brady got hurt -- and my cell phone immediately lit up. A coworker told me of the NFL.com report almost as soon as it happened, and then another shouted to a third coworker in the office about it. That third coworker shouted back to the second that I should be notified; I shouted to both of them over the cubicle walls that I'd already been informed. Which was when a fourth coworker IMed me to make sure I was aware.
It's a warm and fuzzy feeling to know there are people who think of you immediately when something happens with one of your teams. And a little bit of a worrying one, when you start to wonder if maybe that's a sign you're a little TOO obsessed...
Anyway, one of my coworker-friends is staunchly of the mindset that if Moss could still play--to wit, still get open like he used to--neither team would've let him go, despite his attitude issues. I'm not sure about that...top-flight play hides a multitude of sins, but Moss is second only to TO in his ability to be a "distraction."
I'm curious to know what the peanut gallery thinks. Is this mostly a mental issue with Moss, or is it because he's lost value on the field?
UPDATE 1: Several hours after I wrote this post, NFL.com is reporting that Moss has been waived by the Vikings. I think it's safe to say he's worn out his welcome, and worn out any grace his talents might earn him, all over this league -- and yes, I'm sure right now he's DEFINITELY wishing he hadn't left New England.
On some level, I feel bad for the guy and think it's unfortunate that neither he or the Patriots can seem to benefit from each other anymore. On the other, he's had more than enough warnings and second chances for one lifetime, many more than most people who aren't preternaturally gifted athletes are afforded.
Meanwhile, there's also a tiny little part of me speaking up to wonder if New England might look to make a waiver wire deal fairly soon, if Moss seems sufficiently chastened and humbled by this experience...though that's just knee-jerk speculation. I don't know how the waiver rules would work in this case.