The Jets were prepared to face Randy Moss twice this season. The second time just comes a bit sooner than they expected.
Moss will make his second visit to New Meadowlands Stadium on Monday night, only this time he’ll be wearing a Vikings uniform. The Patriots traded Moss to the Vikings today for a third-round pick in 2011.
Moss faced the Jets in Week 2, scoring a touchdown in a 28-14 loss.
The 33-year-old Moss was a first-round pick of the Vikings in 1998, and starred for the team through the 2004 season. Moss was traded to the Raiders in 2005, but played only two seasons in Oakland before being dealt to the Patriots in April, 2007.
Moss expressed frustration in training camp that the Patriots had not extended his contract, but later said he wanted to finish his career in New England.
Moss had only nine catches for 139 yards and three touchdowns for the Patriots this season. He did not have a catch in Monday night’s 41-14 win over the Dolphins in Miami. In the Week 2 loss to the Jets, Moss caught a 34-yard touchdown from Tom Brady by beating cornerback Darrelle Revis. The Jets’ star defender suffered a hamstring injury on the play and hasn’t played since.
Revis is expected to play on Monday night, just in time to face Moss a second time.
Moss, a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver, is in the final year of his four-year contract with New England. He is expected to reach accord on a contract extension with the Vikings.
"When you have done so much and put so much work in, it kind of feels like I am not wanted," Moss said before the season began on Sept. 6. "I am taking that in stride and playing my final year out and whatever the future holds is what it holds, but it is kind of a bad feeling -- feeling not wanted. It is not like my production has gone down."
He later apologized for the timing of his comments and said he wanted to finish his career with the Patriots.
Brady has been a big supporter of Moss. They connected on 23 of Brady's record 50 touchdown passes in 2007.
"Randy is important, was important, will be important, especially from my standpoint as a quarterback," Brady said during a recent interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI. "I love Randy and I'd love to play with him for a long time."
The Vikings have been hurting at wide receiver this season, with Sidney Rice likely out until late this month or early November because of a hip problem. Percy Harvin has a problem with migraine headaches, and the Vikings attempted to trade for Chargers holdout receiver Vincent Jackson.
Brett Favre, who had previously lobbied for Moss when he was with the Packers, has struggled this season, already throwing six interceptions.