In professional sports, it's kind of an unwritten rule that athletes don't discuss their contracts or contract negotiations once the season starts. Randy Moss chose to ignore that rule Sunday, which makes you wonder just how effective he'll be for the New England Patriots this season.
Admittedly, the Patriots won their season opener and Moss had a nice game (5 catches, 59 yards). But rather than enjoy the fruits of a 38-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, he used the occasion to tell a captive media audience that he doesn't expect to return after this season.
Among his more interesting remarks, according to the Boston Herald:
"If you got a boss, you would like to feel appreciated. I'm not saying that I'm not appreciated here, but I would like to feel that sometimes. This is the last year of my contract and there hasn't been anything discussed, there has not anything said, not a letter, not nothing. I'm not saying that I want to stay here, but I love playing here. If the future of my job lets me go to another team, then that's what it's gonna be. Right now I have a contract with the New England Patriots, I'm going to play my last year out and do it to the best of my ability."
Oh, there was more:
"I've been here for three years and this is my fourth season. When it comes to football, I take my business seriously. I think there are some people, I don't want to say the organization, but I think around here in the New England area, there are some people who don't want to see me do good."
It's not a good thing when players put their own self interests above the team's. While his teammates may say they have no problem with Moss trying to get the most he can in terms of money, you can bet more than a few are angry that he's doing it now, at the start of the season.
And it's certainly not a stretch to wonder if Moss, who has shown streaks of moodiness and disinterest during his 13-year pro career, will give the Patriots his best effort every week. This should provide a clue:
"Every week is not going to be a good week. Some weeks I have two and three guys on me sometimes. So I don't want to wait until Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, have a bad game then have people saying that I don't want to be here. Basically, I'm not here to disrespect the organization. I'm not disrespecting my teammates, but this is my first time talking and I wanted to get that out there."
Consider it out there. Now what?