New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss, who has kept silent for most of training camp, expressed some frustration Monday afternoon about not having a contract beyond this season.
“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.”
Moss, 33, is entering the final year of a three-year contract and will earn $6.4 million this season. Last season, Moss caught 83 passes for 1,246 yards and 13 touchdowns. Moss is not the only Patriot with contract concerns heading into the 2010 season. Quarterback Tom Brady is entering the final year of his contract, while Pro Bowl offensive lineman Logan Mankins is currently locked in a contract dispute that will likely drag out into the season with a lengthy holdout. Moss has been a key contributor for the Patriots since joining the team during the 2007 off season. Moss saved his career with his record breaking season and attitude on and off the field that season after being viewed as a disgruntled selfish player in Oakland.
Moss made similar comments to the Boston Globe in February during the off season. “I don’t think they are going to extend my contract here.”
“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. I think so.”