*Randy Moss said Tuesday his post-game comments about his contract concerns “came out wrong,” but he has no regrets about saying it and still hopes to retire with the New England Patriots.
As previously reported, Moss made his feelings known after Sunday’s season opener [see clip below]. But, he went home afterward worrying about the way coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft would view his remarks.
“I do care what they think and I just didn’t want it to come off in a crazy, crazy manner,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It was just how I felt, man. It’s just something I just needed to get off my chest.”
He learned Belichick’s reaction when they met on Monday. He said the coach was supportive.
“I don’t want to get into detail about what we talked about, but it was just more watching what I say and watching what I do,” Moss said. “I just said, ‘Coach, it’s unlike me,’ and I apologized, in a way, because it’s unlike me, but, hopefully, he sees where I’m coming from.”
He said he has children, a mother, a brother and a sister to support.
“They’re looking for me for financial stability,” Moss said. “Is that fair? No. But that’s life and I accepted that and that’s where I’m coming from. Hopefully, people will understand where I’m coming from. It’s not that I’m asking for $30 (million), $40 million a year. I’m just asking for another contract.”
On Sunday, Moss said there have been no talks regarding a contract for next year.
The Patriots obtained the wide receiver from Oakland during the April 2007 draft for a fourth-round pick that year. His Raiders contract included base salaries of $9.75 million in 2007 and $11.25 million in 2008. He and the Patriots agreed to replace that with a one-year deal with a base salary of $3 million.
He’s making $6.4 million in 2010, the last year of a three-year, $27 million contract.
On Sunday, Moss spoke for 16 minutes soon after the 38-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, nearly all of it about his contract situation. He said he wasn’t mad but was hurt and didn’t expect to return next year.
On Tuesday, he said, “I would love to” retire as a Patriot. “The rapport that I have here with this organization, the coaching staff and the fan base, it’s a lot of positives out there when dealing with me. I don’t really want to try to make it an individual thing, but I guess it has been over the last couple of days.”
He also said Sunday that he didn’t feel appreciated, then added, “I’m not saying that I’m not appreciated here.”
He clarified his remarks on Tuesday.
“I just wanted to know or feel that I’m appreciated. I didn’t really try to do anything crazy or say anything crazy, but it just came out wrong,” Moss said. “I don’t have any regrets for saying that because that’s me, man. I have a family. I’m a man. I’m a business man.”