Moss Turned Down 1-Year Offer With Patriots

Ian Logue
August 01, 2011 at 03:10pm ET

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VIDEO: Chris Carter says that New England was still in the mix before Randy Moss Retired Monday.

Today former Patriots receiver Randy Moss decided to call it a career after 13-seasons in the league, but it sounds like New England was still a possibility as a potential landing spot before he made his decision to walk away from the game.

It looks like there had been a chance of Moss returning, but the former New England Patriots wide receiver may have been looking for a long-term deal. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

According to former teammate and television analyst Cris Carter, the Patriots were his number one choice. However, according to Carter, the fact the Patriots traded for Chad Ochocinco - and then offered Moss just a 1-year offer after giving Ochocinco a new 3-year deal - was reportedly the reason he decided to hang it up.

"What I think forced (his retirement) was No. 1, New England trading for (Chad) Ochocinco,” Carter explained. “That's the No. 1 place he wanted to go to. His biggest problem with New England was he didn’t want a one-year deal. New England wanted to sign him to a one-year deal. As you can see, New England gave Chad that three-year deal."

Needless to say it sounds like Moss was looking for a bit more long-term security, and the Patriots apparently weren't willing to give it to him.

You can view more on this story in the video above.