Curran: No Moss in Patriots' future


Curran: No Moss in Patriots' future

By Tom E. Curran
Last May, Randy Moss jettisoned his longtime agent Tim DiPiero. The logic, Moss explained, was that he believed a new agent would help him maximize his off-field earning power. "To all the agents out there, I am a free man!" Moss told IanRapoport ofThe Boston Herald. "I am looking for a new agent. I got this football thing under control, but going into my 13th year in the league, Im still marketable. "Im looking for an agent thats going to get me out there with my marketing ability," Moss added."I can shoot commercials. Thats what Im looking for right now that off-the-field money. I really wasnt into commercials, because I wanted to concentrate on one objective, being a better football player year-in and year-out. Now, late in my career, Im still thinking I have some marketing opportunities out there. I need an agent or agency thats going to get out there and find those business deals off the field.Turned out, he didn't really have the football thing under control. And that meant that, even though he hired the very successful Joel Segal in July to represent him, Moss has neither the football nor the off-the-field money he was looking for. It's been a stunning turn for the likely Hall of Famer and it's got to be considered a longshot for Moss to ever be more than a spare part with some team. He's just too dangerous to build around. And the mindset articulated above is proof of that. Earlier this week, Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network theorized that a chastened Moss might be returning to New England. The truth is, Moss' 2010 resume makes him radioactive. A year after catching 83 passes for 1,264 yards and a league-leading 13 touchdowns, he caught just 28 balls for 393 yards and five touchdowns. After the Patriots had had enough of Moss, they traded him to Minnesota and he became the leaking gasoline truck that blew up Brad Childress' tenure there. One team claimed him on waivers - the Titans. Moss caught six balls in eight games, gave tepid effort and - while he isn't the reason Jeff Fisher's no longer Tennessee's coach - Moss contributed to the Tennessee malaise that led to Fisher's departure. Moss' main concern isn't playing football, it's making money. And anyone who's been listening for the last decade has heard Bill Belichick lob the praise "football is important to him" realizes how ill-fitting Randy Moss would be here. Never mind the fact that, after the Jets game last year, quarterback Tom Brady basically froze Moss out for his final two games in New England. Brady was tired of throwing picks on balls intended for Moss (he threw two against the Jets; he had just two more the rest of the regular season). Moss could say all the right things and make all the promises. But in the end, he's too dangerous to employ. Tom E. Curran can be reached at Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”