Vikings agree with Moss on contract extension
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – Randy Moss has a new deal that makes him one of the NFL’s highest paid players.
The Vikings announced Wednesday that Moss had finally signed a new deal. It was reported to be worth $75 million over eight years, including an $18 million signing bonus, a figure confirmed by his agent, Dante DiTrapano.
A press release from the team quoted DiTrapano as saying: ”by making Randy the highest-paid player in the NFL, the organization has secured Randy’s and the Vikings’ future.”
However, Moss’ deal averages $9.4 million a year. New England quarterback Drew Bledsoe’s contract of $103 million over 10 years, averages $10.3 million.
Moss has been seeking a deal commensurate with Bledsoe’s. He said in June that it would be ”reasonable” to expect a signing bonus between $18 million and $20 million and an overall package of about $100 million.
Moss, 24, is regarded as the game’s top receiver, with 226 catches for 4,163 yards and 43 touchdowns in three seasons, the best marks ever in three years for any wide receiver in NFL history.. He had said he wanted to be the NFL’s highest-paid player, a title currently held by Bledsoe.
Early this season, after a 41-0 loss to the New York Giants in the NFC championship game, Moss had suggested his future might be elsewhere.
”I’m going to have a Super Bowl ring,” Moss said. ”I’m not worried about that. I doubt if it’s in Minnesota. I can’t really say I’m going to be a Minnesota Viking in a couple of years. Hopefully, I would like to win one for coach Green, but I really can’t tell the future.”
The Vikings open training camp Sunday, and owner Red McCombs had said he wanted to have an extension before the regular season opened.
Moss had one year left on a four-year deal that would have paid him a base of $3.5 million this season.
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