Enough already, I'm not going to believe anything by the national media anymore in regards to the Vikings. First they screwed up the Culpepper story with the kid and Daunte's jewelry. Now they are messing with Moss and this trade junk. At this point it simply is not true what was reported at the top of this thread. Read the following article in today's Minneapolis paper:
Last update: February 7, 2005 at 4:59 AM
No Moss trade talk yet again
Kevin Seifert, Star Tribune
February 7, 2005 VIKE0207
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- As discussions with Arizona entrepreneur Reggie Fowler entered a critical timing stage, the Vikings issued another round of exasperated denials of another national report regarding the future of receiver Randy Moss.
Owner Red McCombs, vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski and Dante DiTrapano, Moss' agent, all said the critical portion of ESPN's report -- that McCombs gave Brzezinski permission to shop Moss last week -- never happened. McCombs, in fact, has been conducting daily discussions with Fowler's staff in an attempt to sell the franchise soon after Super Bowl XXXIX, which was Sunday.
In a brief interview from his home in San Antonio, McCombs said he has not authorized any trade discussions for Moss. And while the team likely will entertain offers once the trading period begins March 2, Brzezinski said there have been no discussions, either with McCombs or other NFL teams.
"I don't know why this thing keeps being brought up," Brzezinski said. "It hasn't even been discussed at all."
DiTrapano confirmed Brzezinski's version of the situation. DiTrapano acknowledged he has spoken with Brzezinski this offseason but that they agreed to postpone any potential trade discussions until later this offseason. DiTrapano also said he has not asked permission to shop Moss himself.
"There's nothing going on that I know about," he said.
The Vikings sought three first-round draft picks from teams that inquired about Moss last season, and even after a season in which he missed most of five games because of a strained right hamstring, his price tag will remain high this offseason. The team almost certainly will seek two first-round picks and a starting player in order for serious discussions to begin.
Should the Vikings become active in trade discussions, Baltimore and Oakland are considered two of the most interested bidders for Moss' services.
Meanwhile, Fowler's exclusive negotiating rights with McCombs, believed to be for 30 days, will reach its midpoint today. Some have speculated that McCombs will attempt to either complete a deal with Fowler or move on to other offseason business this week.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has said he will be ready to act if Fowler is unable to purchase the team. Taylor, however, has been unwilling to meet McCombs' $600-plus million price tag.
Staff Writer Sid Hartman contributed to this report. Kevin Seifert is at mailto:email@example.com