Randy Moss returning to the Vikings

Randy Moss: He's back.
Randy Moss: He's back.
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Wide receiver Randy Moss is going to be a Minnesota Viking again.

Quarterback Brett Favre will finally get to pair up with a guy he's had his eye on for years.

Fans will have to come to terms with a guy not known for being Minnesota Nice.

And Sidney Rice is surely wondering, again, what in the hell he was thinking by putting off that hip surgery.

ESPN says the Vikings will pick up the third year of Moss's three-year, $27 million contract with the New England Patriots, where he's said to be unhappy and ready to move on. The Vikes will give up a third-round draft pick as part of the deal. In the meantime, they've already dealt defensive end Jayme Mitchell to the Cleveland Browns to make room on the roster.

Randy Moss, SI cover boy as a Viking.
Randy Moss, SI cover boy as a Viking.

Favre must be dancing a jig, especially since he's been unable to find any magic with wide receiver Bernard Berrian in Rice's absence. Then a Packer, he implored Moss to come to Green Bay after the Raiders decided to turn him lose in 2007, and again in 2008 when Moss's one-year contract was up in New England.

But Minnesota will also be getting a mercurial presence if Moss returns -- "an irked soul," as we reported in a 2002 cover story called "What Makes Randy Run."

A first-round draft pick in 1998, he was a Pro-Bowler his rookie year and racked up stunning numbers during his seven years on the team. Yet he found himself in the headlines for other reasons: Bumping a traffic cop in downtown Minneapolis and getting arrested; smoking dope; walking off the field early in a game against the Redskins; and infamously pretending to moon fans at Lambeau Field in 2005 while helping the Vikings beat the Packers during the playoffs (video below).

Moss was traded to Oakland a few months later.

Still, he may be a perfect fit for a team stuck in a 1-2 rut. He could take the field against the New York Jets Monday night. And he has a chance to show the Patriots they should have shown him a little more respect when the Vikings travel to New England on Oct. 31.

Moss is set to report for duty in Minnesota today.

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