He’s back: Vikings get Moss from Patriots in trade

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Tired of his attitude and wary of a hamstring injury that hampered him in the 2004 season, the Vikings traded Moss to Oakland in 2005. He wore out his welcome there and the Raiders sent him to New England in 2007. Favre was frustrated at the time the Packers didn’t land Moss; they discussed a trade with Oakland.

Childress, though, denied on Wednesday that Favre lobbied for this move.

“I don’t think any of us thought this guy was going to be available,” Childress said.

Childress said he has a clean slate in Minnesota.

“I’m just satisfied to judge him, not backward, but judge him going forward and what he does with us here,” he said.

Moss will move from catching passes from Tom Brady to Favre, who desperately needed a downfield threat after Pro Bowl receiver Sidney Rice had hip surgery in August. Struggling Bernard Berrian has been a nonfactor, and Percy Harvin _ when healthy _ is better suited for the slot position.

“This is an exciting move; I think everybody feels that in the locker room,” Favre said on the team’s website. “It’s rare you get to play with a future Hall of Famer and get to appreciate their talents up close. Randy Moss is a great player and his career speaks for itself. I’ve admired him from a distance for a long time, and you can’t help but be impressed by the guy.”

Moss spent his first seven seasons in Minnesota, where he set all kinds of records and became one of the most exciting playmakers in the league. He burned Favre’s Packers often, racking up 9,142 yards and 90 touchdowns during his first stint with Minnesota and fueling a run to the NFC title game following the 1998 and 2000 seasons.

One of his old teammates, Nate Burleson, now with the Detroit Lions, chimed in with his approval.

“I think this is the biggest soap opera you could see on TV for him to go back to where he started,” Burleon said, adding: “As a fan of Minnesota because they drafted me, I like the move _ even if he’s in my division. I’m still a fan of him. He was kind of like a big brother.”


AP Sports Writers Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis and Larry Lage in Allen Park, Mich., contributed to this report.

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