Earlier on Wednesday, the Patriots made their official announcement on the Randy Moss trade. Now, the Vikings have done the same, welcoming home the receiver who starred for them from 1998 through 2004.

According to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, according to NFL sources, the other piece to the Vikings-Patriots trade that sends Randy Moss to Minnesota is that the Vikings will get New England's seventh-round pick in 2012. For more on this story, check out weei.com/patriots.
 

The Patriots have confirmed the trade of Randy Moss to the Vikings, and have just issued the following release, complete with a lengthy statement from coach Bill Belichick:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today the trade of WR Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings for an undisclosed draft choice.

Former Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown was a guest on the Dale & Holley show on Wednesday morning to analyze the Randy Moss trade to Minnesota. Brown believed that Moss wanted to stay in New England, but said "at the end of the day, he chose the business side of things."

 

NFL.com analyst Pat Kirwan joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the Patriots' trade of Randy Moss to the Vikings. "For the future it makes sense, because they weren't going to re-sign him, so they're getting what they always like to get, second- and third-round picks, in this case a third. Who knows whether they parlay it for a first," Kirwan said. "It does beg the question, 'What are they thinking about for this season?' I felt this way when they moved Richard Seymour the last time."

 

ESPN's Chris Mortensen joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the rumored Randy Moss trade to the Vikings. Mortensen said his sources are telling him the deal will go through Wednesday, and the analyst tried to explain why the trade will be made.

 

The rumored trade between the Patriots and Vikings would send Randy Moss to Minnesota for a third-round draft pick, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter. The story quotes a source as saying, "I'd be shocked if it doesn't happen," and predicted the deal will go through Wednesday.

 

Moss, a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver, is in the final season of his four-year deal with the Patriots. He was acquired from the Raiders for a fourth-round draft pick prior to the 2007 season.

 

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The Patriots and Vikings plan on completing a "blockbuster" deal on Wednesday that will send wide receiver Randy Moss to Minnesota, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Moss, 33, is a seven-time Pro Bowler who was drafted by the Vikings in 1998 and spent his first seven seasons in Minnesota before being traded to Oakland in 2005. Moss found new life in his career after being dealt to the Patriots in 2007 for a fourth-round draft pick — in New England, he set an NFL record with 23 touchdown receptions in his first season with the Patriots.

According to Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com, the Patriots are in "serious" trade talks that would send Randy Moss to Minnesota.