A trade that would send Randy Moss from the New England Patriots back to the Minnesota Vikings is 99 percent complete, a league source told NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi, and is expected to be finalized Wednesday.
The Patriots would receive a 2011 third-round draft pick in exchange for the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, who started his NFL career with the Vikings in 1998. Had New England allowed Moss to leave in free agency next offseason, it would have received a third-round selection in the 2012 draft as compensation.
Moss, who's in the final year of his current contract, is scheduled to make $6.4 million in base salary this season. He wants a new deal, but he wouldn't receive one from the Vikings as part of the trade, Lombardi reported.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, who also appears on NFL Network, first reported the trade discussions Tuesday.
"I don't know anything about it," Vikings coach Brad Childress said, according to Comcast SportsNet New England. "I'm watching film. I'm just sitting here watching the Jets and Patriots play."
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