Amidst trade rumors, Moss prefers to stay a Viking

OWINGS MILLS -- Star-crossed wide receiver Randy Moss stated a preference Thursday night to remain with the Minnesota Vikings amidst swirling trade rumors that include the Baltimore Ravens and other NFL clubs.

"I don't really get caught up, 'cause this is a business," Moss told KFAN Radio in Minnesota. "If I get traded from here, I'm gonna probably be a little sore, a little mad, but not at the organization, probably just because I'm leaving here and [losing] the love that I've developed here of growing to love the game and Minnesota.

"If I get traded, I get traded. If not, then I'm going to do whatever I can do in my will to hopefully get something started here."

The Ravens, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets have been mentioned as potential Moss suitors in multiple reports.

Meanwhile, Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper told reporters at the Pro Bowl that it might be time for Moss to leave after another controversy-filled season.

"He's my good friend, but you almost get to thinking that maybe enough is enough," Culpepper said, "and maybe the Vikings' organization has had enough."

Moss drew the ire of teammates when he walked off the field with two seconds remaining in a Jan. 2 loss to the Washington Redskins. He was fined a week later by the NFL for pretending to moon Green Bay Packers fans after a touchdown.

The Vikings have repeatedly denied that Moss is on the trading block, but the speculation simply hasn't died. Under NFL rules, no trade can be consummated until the free agency signing period begins March 2.

"I just came out of our first extensive personnel meeting of the off-season," Vikings coach Mike Tice told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "And the first line -- players to be traded -- was blank. I love Randy Moss. Where all this trade stuff is coming from, I don't know.

"To me, it's a moot point. Randy and his agent are not demanding a trade and we are not looking to trade him. We are not shopping Randy Moss."

The Ravens have a strong connection to Moss in coach Brian Billick, the Vikings' offensive coordinator during Moss' rookie year. They also have a major need at wide receiver after finishing 31st in passing offense.

The price for Moss reportedly would be either two first-round draft picks or a package of picks and a defensive starter. Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas has been mentioned as part of a potential trade scenario.

Because of NFL tampering rules, the Ravens' front office isn't allowed to publicly discuss interest in Moss. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said he would welcome a trade for Moss in an ESPN radio interview.

Moss' quarterback sounds like he's ready for a change.

"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."

NOTE: Raiders receiver Jerry Porter said he expects to test free agency despite a five-year, $20 million contract offer from Oakland. Porter voided the final year of his original six-year rookie contract.

Other top receivers scheduled to be unrestricted free agents include Cincinnati's T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Pittsburgh's Plaxico Burress.

As well as a being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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