Make sure you check out Ed Werder’s latest report over on our NFL page. According to Werder, the Minnesota Vikings delayed submitting the paperwork on receiver Randy Moss’ departure on Monday because owner Zygi Wilf was contemplating firing coach Brad Childress and keeping Moss on the roster.
Ultimately, Wilf decided against that move. Late Monday night, Childress issued a statement semi-confirming Moss’ departure. He was formally waived Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Childress portrayed the delay as a byproduct of “the process that’s involved” in waiving a player of Moss’ magnitude.
“…[I]t's just a matter of letting the people know that need to know,” Childress said. “And when we came out with the statement, that's when all that had been done. That's why he didn't show up on the waiver wire that day, just because there is a process that's involved.”
A team spokesman said Friday that Wilf has no plans to speak publicly about the situation, even after spending most of this week at the Vikings’ Winter Park practice facility talking privately with players. Friday, Childress said he had “no sense” about Wilf’s intentions.
“I just know he came in and was able to chat with a few of our players,” Childress said.
Childress, by the way, said Friday he expected some "catcalls" Sunday at the Metrodome. I guess that's one way of describing it. Stay tuned.