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Randy Moss is the second-leading receiver in Vikings history with 574 receptions, 9,142 yards and 90 touchdowns. Associated Press photo

HE'S BACK! Vikings complete trade for Randy Moss, several sources confirm

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HE'S BACK! Vikings complete trade for Randy Moss, several sources confirm
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The New England Patriots completed a trade that sent Pro Bowl WR Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings this morning, ESPN, the NFL Network and Boston Herald reported.


Randy Moss has played for the Patriots since 2007.

The Vikings sent a third-round pick to the Patriots in return for Moss, who becomes a key weapon for Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre.

Moss returns to the team where he spent the first seven years of his career. Moss caught 574 passes for 9,142 yards and 90 TDs from 1998-2004 in Minnesota.

It leaves the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady without the stretch-the-field wideout who set an NFL single-season record of 23 receiving TDs in 2007.

Moss did not get a contract extension from the Vikings as part of the deal, NFL Network reported.

The receiver will return to New England on Oct. 31, when the Vikings visit Foxborough to the play Patriots (a game that occurs only once every eight years). Fox was already scheduled to broadcast that game nationally at 3:15 p.m. CST.

Moss' final game in a New England uniform on Monday turned out to be his only in more than three years in which he did not catch a pass. The Herald reported that Moss had asked the Patriots to trade him after Week 1, when he had an outburst about his contract following a win against Cincinnati. Moss later apologized and said he and coach Bill Belichick had cleared the air.

Moss, whose deal expires after the season, said after Week 1 that he wanted to stay with Patriots but added he thought this would be his final year in New England.

Moss is set to appear on Monday Night Football for the second straight week when the Vikings travel to play the New York Jets next week. He'll likely be matched up again with Jets CB Darrelle Revis, who hasn't played since tweaking his hamstring on a TD pass he allowed to Moss in Week 2.

Pioneer staff reports