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Brad Childress: Randy Moss Trade Presented 'Rare Opportunity'

Oct 6, 2010 – 4:05 PM
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Brad ChildressVikings coach Brad Childress said Wednesday that he expects Randy Moss to make an immediate impact on his team. And he noted that coaches don't often get the chance to add an all-time great player to the roster while the season is in progress.

"It was a rare opportunity for us to be able to take advantage of a guy that's arguably a potential Hall of Fame player, and still, I think, has pretty good tread on the tire," Childress said. "I don't think any of us thought this guy was going to be available."

Moss is undeniably one of the most talented receivers in NFL history, but he's also widely viewed as a malcontent, and he has expressed frustration with his current contract. Childress declined to get into whether the Vikings will give Moss a new contract -- Moss is set to be a free agent at the end of the season.

"We'll probably cross that bridge when we get to it," Childress said.

On other teams, including at the end of his first Vikings tenure, Moss has been a problem in the locker room, and reports today suggested that the Patriots were growing increasingly tired of Moss's attitude. But Childress said he thinks everyone in Minnesota will be happy to have Moss as a teammate.

"Good players are generally accepted very well in the locker room," Childress said. "All of us have blemishes. Throw the first stone if you don't."

Childress said Moss will be on the Vikings' practice field Thursday and play for the Vikings against the Jets on Monday night.
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