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    Culpepper Interview about Moss...

    It looks like Daunte isn't so sure whether Moss will be back next year...
    It also looks like Daunte kind of doesn't want him back...

    By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer
    February 9, 2005
    KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) -- Though Daunte Culpepper can hardly imagine the Vikings' offense without Randy Moss, the Pro Bowl quarterback knows he might have thrown his last pass to his favorite target.

    Moss' future in Minnesota is in doubt after the least impressive season in his seven-year career. After years of ignoring the receiver's eccentricities and excusing his misbehaviors, the Vikings seem to be fed up with Moss -- and even Culpepper understands.

    ``He's my good friend, but you almost get to thinking that maybe enough is enough,' Culpepper said after Wednesday's practice for his third Pro Bowl appearance in five seasons. ``And maybe the Vikings organization has had enough.'

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    Moss caught just 49 passes for 767 yards this season, though he still scored 13 touchdowns. A hamstring injury limited him for much of the year, and he went five games without catching a pass midway through the season.

    Moss then infuriated his teammates and coaches by walking off the field early while the Vikings attempted an onside kick in the regular season finale at Washington.

    And though he played with a sprained ankle in the postseason, he drew more ire -- and a $10,000 fine from the NFL -- for pretending to moon Green Bay fans after scoring the final touchdown in Minnesota's playoff victory at Lambeau Field.

    Moss was left off the NFC's Pro Bowl roster for just the second time in his career, and Culpepper hasn't spoken to him since Minnesota's season ended with a 27-14 playoff loss to Philadelphia last month.

    ``It's not my decision, what happens with Randy,' Culpepper said. ``The Vikings organization makes that decision, and whatever they do, that's what's going to happen. I wouldn't be surprised, no matter what happens.'

    Many league observers believe the Vikings will attempt to trade Moss, if they haven't tried already this offseason -- though his hefty contract and extensive collection of baggage could make it difficult. So far, team officials have denied the widespread rumors about ongoing trade talks regarding Moss, saying the team hasn't completed its offseason personnel meetings.

    Vikings center Matt Birk, who will play in his fourth Pro Bowl in seven seasons, said the club sometimes must ``take the good with the bad' when Moss is involved.

    It's difficult to say what a trade might bring to Minnesota. When the San Francisco 49ers traded Terrell Owens last winter, they got a second-round pick from Baltimore -- but when that deal was invalidated by the league, they got only defensive lineman Brandon Whiting from Philadelphia.

    But Owens was still under contract to San Francisco only because of a paperwork mistake that prevented him from becoming a free agent, while Moss is in the middle of a lucrative long-term contract. The Vikings almost certainly would need a solid veteran and a high draft pick to be persuaded to give up one of the NFL's best playmakers.

    Culpepper and Moss have been together throughout the quarterback's career, but Culpepper has been frustrated by Moss' unique style. Culpepper even has been seen yelling at the receiver occasionally.

    Still, Moss' abilities are a big reason why Culpepper has become a star in the Vikings' powerful offense. Culpepper set franchise records with 4,717 yards passing and 39 touchdowns while completing 69.2 percent of his throws.

    ``We had a great year, and nothing about Randy's situation should take away from that,' Culpepper said. ``I was blessed. It just shows that hard work pays off.'

    And that's why Culpepper is ambivalent about Moss' possible departure. He believes Minnesota should keep together as much of that offense as possible, reserving its biggest changes for the defense.

    ``There are a lot of things we can do to improve on defense, and some of that you might be able to do with a trade,' Culpepper said. ``We've also got a lot of guys who can get the job done if we just play together. That's the most important thing: all of us playing together as a team.'

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    Culpepper Interview about Moss...

    Just watched The BEST DAMN SPORTS Show...Culpepper was on there and his statements kind of differed from the above. He seemed a little more positive about keeping Moss.

    I am gonna have an anxiety attack or somethin!

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    Culpepper Interview about Moss...

    Maybe because the first was in print, where they can skew his tendencies?

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    Culpepper Interview about Moss...

    gotta love the media :roll:

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    Culpepper Interview about Moss...

    I saw the interview on The Best Damn Sports Show Period and in no way did it seem to me that Daunte wanted Randy gone. He seemed very upbeat and confident that Moss would stay a Viking.

    The media is really trying to start a story here. I think they like the buzz they get when fans of other teams think they could land Randy Moss on their team. Dream on!
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    Culpepper Interview about Moss...

    I have to agree that the media is trying to start something. I saw an interview of Culpepper shortly after Linehan departed where he basically lobbied for Moss to stay. The media is trying to start some crap.

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    Culpepper Interview about Moss...

    F the media!!!
    BANNED OR DEAD...I'LL TAKE EITHER ONE

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    Culpepper Interview about Moss...

    here here cajun

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    Culpepper Interview about Moss...

    They are always trying to make the Vikings look all distorted and $hit. It's as if the media wants us to look like the dumb team of the league. I'm sick of the media and all of their crap. Screw the media.
    Things you would NEVER hear a Green Bay Packer fan say:
    1."No kids in the back of the pick-up, it s just not safe."
    2."I ll take Shakespeare for 1000, Alex."
    3."Duct tape won t fix that."
    4."Checkmate."
    5."Nope, no more for me. I m driving tonight."

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    Culpepper Interview about Moss...

    And people wonder why Moss doesnt speak to the media. He knows they are going to twist his words. Lets face it folks, we are getting a new owner with a new spirt in the Vikings, we win the super bowl WITH Randy Moss!
    You republican whore!

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