At a charity softball game Saturday, New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss(notes) put on his honesty cap and spoke about his future -- or lack thereof -- with the Pats. He spoke in pretty concrete terms about his belief that 2010 is his last year with the organization. From the Boston Herald:
"I don’t think they going to extend my contract," said Moss. "I understand the beast, the nature of it. I think that just with what I think and what I know I don’t think they're going to re-sign me back. So, after this season if there is not a lockout I'll be looking for a new team."
Weird, right? I don't know that I've ever heard a guy prematurely discuss his departure from a team, unless the guy was actively seeking to get out of town. Clearly, that's not the case here, so I don't know what Moss has to gain by making his feelings known like that.
He explained further.
"It's the business of it, man. You've got to understand the business of football. There is not bad blood. There is no animosity on my side or their side. I think it’s just the nature of the business of the NFL. You know the Patriots don’t really pay, so when I got my second contract from them that was a blessing in disguise. I understand the business. I don’t think they’re going to re-sign me back. I’m not mad. I’m not bitter. It's just the way things are in this NFL, so like I said after this year I'll be looking for a new team."
Well, it's honest. We'd all like more honesty from our athletes, so I guess I should ... applaud? I don't know. It's just a little odd.
Is he right, though? His opinion on the matter is more qualified than anyone else's (save Bill Belichick and Bob Kraft), so I'll say we should probably take his word for it. The Patriots do have other players they need to pay soon, Tom Brady(notes) included, so Moss won't be the top priority. At 33, he doesn't exactly represent a youth movement, either. It does make sense.
But come on, Randy. Leave some room for optimism. Go out in 2010, catch 30 touchdown passes and make yourself invaluable. Make yourself someone the Patriots can't live without. At least leave open the possibility.