Moss Gets 8-Year Extension

The Vikings and Randy Moss got an extension done with less than a week to go until training camp, ending pages of speculation about the wide receiver's future.

The Vikings announced an eight-year contract extension with wide receiver Randy Moss today. Details of the extension are becoming available, and Vikings officials admitted that the announcement is surprising a lot of outsiders.

It didn't surprise the recipient.

"I've been planning on this day for a long time and it is finally here and now I can concentrate on one thing and that is football," Moss said in a written statement. "Security for me and my family is now here. Last but not least I would like to give a big thanks to God for making my talent and my name stand out and being able to keep me healthy so that I could be in this position."

The Vikings were making an effort to get the extension done before training camp opens July 29 or at the latest before the regular season started, but many believed it wouldn't happen and that negotiations could get contentious after the season.

That is no longer an option.

"We all appreciate all the great things that Randy Moss has done for the Vikings in his first three years," said Vikings vice president of football operations Dennis Green. "This new contract ensures that Randy will be performing at the same outstanding level for the Minnesota Vikings for the next eight years. Randy is only 24 years old and is only going to get better as time goes on."

Green admitted in his press conference that getting the deal before the season and training camp started is helpful in keeping the team focused on football.

The contract is worth about $75 million with a signing bonus of $18 million and is backloaded toward the final years, according to our sources. That will enable the Vikings to plan for negotiations next spring with players like Kailee Wong and Matt Birk, who each signed one-year tenders this offseason as restricted free agents. Green also mentioned taking care of Robert Griffith, whose contract is set to expire after 2001. Plus, the team will have to start looking at extending quarterback Daunte Culpepper's contract if he produces another Pro Bowl season in 2001.

Green continued to say the team will sign those players they feel they need to keep around and that Moss' contract wouldn't prohibit that.

Viking Update will have all the additional details of the contract in tomorrow's update.

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