Belichick shares thoughts on Moss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In his Tuesday news conference, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked his reaction to receiver Randy Moss announcing his retirement.

"I think I've said many times, Randy was one of the great players that I've had the opportunity to coach," Belichick answered. "I don't know that I've seen him make that announcement, maybe I missed it. Has Randy been quoted on that?"

Told that Moss' agent made the announcement, Belichick said, "I don't want to speak for Randy but of course I think he was a great player. I think that will be recognized in time at some point, really how exceptional of a player he was. He made a lot of contributions to our football team in the time he was here. I enjoyed coaching him. I enjoyed our relationship off the field as well as on the field."

Asked about the Patriots' interest in bringing Moss back in 2011, which was alluded to in comments made by ESPN analyst Cris Carter on Monday, Belichick said he "wouldn't comment on any of the reports."