Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports that a deal to send Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings is expected to be completed by the end of today, citing a source with “intimate knowledge of the situation”.

Rapoport writes that “there have been no contract talks between Moss and the Vikings”, and “it’s also not 100 positive” that a renegotiated contract for the veteran receiver will come immediately with the trade.

As for what New England will get in return, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Patriots will receive a 3rd round pick in exchange for Moss, which most feel is a bit light considering they’re sending one of their best receivers off midseason, and certainly weakening themselves offensively for the remainder of 2010.

ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss also shares this opinion, and feels that this deal makes no sense from an on-field perspective, leading him to believe there has to be more to this story.

Nevertheless it appears the Randy Moss era is coming to an end in New England, and now many fans are left to wonder what the ripple effect will be for the remainder of this season both on the field, and in the locker room.