*The Tennessee Titans claimed former Minnesota Vikings receiver Randy Moss on waivers today.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Moss plans to report to the Titans, but if he doesn’t, Tennessee will send him a “5-day” letter and at the end of that five days, they have the right to put him on the Reserve/Left Squad list. Moss would be out for the remainder of the season once the club takes that action. His status for next year would be determined by terms of the new collective bargaining agreement.
Moss, going to his third team this season, will be welcomed at least initially. Safety Michael Griffin tweeted “welcome Randy Moss” and All Pro running back Chris Johnson had been lobbying for the Titans to pick up Moss as well.
The Titans were faced with the absence of receiver Kenny Britt, who hurt his right hamstring on the Titans’ second drive in a 33-25 loss at San Diego in Week 8. The Titans don’t know how much time he’ll miss yet because Britt is still having tests on his leg, though coach Jeff Fisher said he would tell reporters if the injury was bad enough to end Britt’s season.
Moss hit the waiver wire Tuesday after catching 13 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns in four games with the Vikings. They lost three of those four games to drop to 2-5 heading into Sunday’s game against Arizona
Earlier today, Vikings coach Brad Childress called the acquisition of Moss from the New England Patriots “a poor decision,” but he declined to answer repeated questions about the specifics of the decision, including the motives behind it and who he consulted before placing him on waivers.
“It was a poor decision,” Childress said. “I’ve got to stand up and I have to make it right. When it’s not right, you need to make it right.”
Moss first raised some eyebrows in the Vikings locker room last Friday when he dissed a caterer who brought in food for the team after practice.
“I wouldn’t do it,” Brett Favre said. “I was sitting in my locker eating the food. I thought it was pretty good.”
Moss also showed little effort to catch a pass near the end zone in the loss to the Patriots on Sunday, but the final straw may have come after the game.
Moss gave a rambling statement to the media after the 28-18 loss, gushing with praise for coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots and criticizing Vikings coaches for not listening to his game plan input during the week.
Favre said that he, like most of the players on the team, was “a little bit shocked” when Childress informed them Monday that Moss would not be back. But he also said support for the team “never wavered.”