Moss plans to end career without agent

New England Patriots receiver Randy Moss has ended his business relationship with agent Tim DiPiero, and DiPiero said that Moss plans to go without an agent for the rest of his career.

"I am writing to confirm reports that I am no longer Randy's agent," said DiPiero in a statement sent to media members. "Randy has talked to me for awhile about finishing his career without an agent and recently told me that as a veteran entering his 13th season, he no longer believed he needs an agent. He told me he would be sending me official notice of his decision which he did last week. It has been a privilege representing him all these years and to have had a close-up view as we all watched a high school kid, who was this incredible "phenom," grow into a man and one of the greatest NFL players of all time."

ProFootballTalk.com first reported the news.

The main question for the Patriots is: What does this mean for Moss' future with New England?

Moss' contract expires after the 2010 season (he signed a three-year, $27 million contract after the 2007 season), and DiPiero, who has known Moss since the wide receiver's high school days, would have been the point person on free-agent talks with clubs next year. It was DiPiero who handled the longer-than-expected negotiation with the Patriots in 2008, balancing Moss' desire to remain in New England with the aggressive pitch made by the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Patriots, however, have more pressing contract situations with Tom Brady and Logan Mankins, so it would seem unlikely that an extension for Moss would come before the end of the 2010 season.

In February, Moss told reporters at a charity event in Florida that he thought this upcoming season would be his last in New England.

"I don't think they are going to extend my contract here," said Moss. "I understand the beast, the nature of it. I think that just with what I think and what I know I don't think they're going to re-sign me back. So, after this season if there is not a lockout I'll be looking for a new team. I got a lot of respect for the Patriots and what they did for me and my family. So, the only thing I can do is just play this year out and see what my future holds after that. "

Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com.