By: Ian Logue
Just in time for the regular season, it appears we have yet another contract dispute on the horizon.
Will this be wide receiver Randy Moss’ last season in New England? (PHOTO: Icon/SMI)
Wide receiver Randy Moss told CBSSports.com on Sunday that as he heads into the final year of his contract, he’s disappointed that the Patriots haven’t at least reached out to him about an extension and feels “not wanted” by the team.
“When you have done so much and put so much work in, it kind of feels like I am not wanted,” Moss told CBSSports.com. “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. I am speaking from an individual standpoint. I don’t know about Tom [Brady’s] or whoever else’s contract.
“I am a little older and understand the nature of the business — the older you get the more your skills supposedly diminish, but I think I am getting wiser in how to use my physical skills. That’s the frustrating part when you put so much heart and desire into things and feel like you are not wanted.”
The 33-year old Moss is set to earn $6.4 million this season and is coming off of a year where he caught 83 passes for 1,246 yards and 13 touchdowns. The problem may be for Moss that should he be looking for a big payday on this next deal, unfortunately it may not be in the works as the team still needs to get a deal done with Brady – which will likely take priority over his.
Moss had originally said back in May that he thought this would be the last year of his contract, telling the Boston Herald that he didn’t think he was going to be part of the future of the team after this season.
“I don’t think I’m realistically in the future plans of the Patriots,” Moss told the newspaper. “But if the New England Patriots don’t want me in their future, [it’s a business]. I understand.”
Either way it’s not something you want to see happen days before the Patriots open the season against Cincinnati this weekend, and one has to hope that it won’t become a distraction for Moss, or the team.