- Associated Press - Thursday, October 7, 2010

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN. (AP) - Randy Moss is returning to Minnesota, finally united with Brett Favre in the place where his exceptional ability to catch the football first flourished.

Reviving memories of Moss’s electrifying performances, colorful comments and contrarian behavior, the Super-Bowl-or-bust Vikings made another eye-opening acquisiton _ just in time to try to rejuvenate a stagnant offense for a challenging stretch of games.

The New England Patriots traded the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver to Minnesota on Wednesday, giving Moss the exit he expected and sending him back to the team that turned him into a superstar after drafting him in the first round in 1998.

“He can still go downtown and get the football, which is a stand-alone factor,” Vikings coach Brad Childress said. “He could sprain his toe here sometime coming up, and you could say that he’s 33, it’s old age. But there’s always risk-reward. I don’t necessarily see this as boom or bust. I think he’s got some more football in him.”

The Vikings play at New York on Monday night, and Childress said without hesitation Moss would be in uniform against the Jets _ in his old purple No. 84.

“Man, we wish this would have happened a week later,” Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson said.

Oh, and check out Minnesota’s last two games in October: at rival Green Bay, and then at New England.

“We’ve just been missing something, and I think he can give us another threat down the field,” running back Adrian Peterson said on the team’s website.

The Vikings didn’t practice on Wednesday. Moss is expected to join the team on Thursday and talk with reporters afterward.

“I know I like waking up 2 good news!” left tackle Bryant McKinnie said on Twitter. He’s one of eight players remaining from Moss’s last team in 2004.

Added Kevin Williams, via the team’s website: “He’s one of the most competitive guys I’ve ever played with and I’m happy to have him back with us.”

The Vikings in exchange will give the Patriots their third-round draft pick in 2011 and get a seventh-rounder from New England in 2012, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations, speaking on condition of anonymity because the teams did not disclose terms of the deal.

The entertaining style Moss brought with him started a string of sellouts at the Metrodome that is still going 13 years later. His jersey can still be seen regularly on the backs of fans, six years after his departure.

On Wednesday at Target Field, as the Twins were facing the Yankees in Game 1 of their playoff series, multiple Moss jerseys were spotted in the crowd. One man across the street from the ballpark before the game even wore a fake Afro along with his, an ode to the time when Moss puffed up his hair before a late-season game.

Moss’s first stint in Minnesota was anything but smooth, with several occasions where he was fined or admonished for his antics or behavior. He found trouble with the law, too, for infamously bumping a traffic cop with his car.

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