7. Return to Minnesota in 2010
There might not have been a stranger season for the Vikings than the one they experienced in 2010. The year was filled with a number of odd events, including the brief return of Randy Moss.
After expressing that he felt, “unwanted,” by the New England Patriots earlier in the season, the team decided to ship the receiver back to Minnesota just four weeks into the year. In exchange for Moss, the Vikings sent a 2011 third-round draft pick to the Patriots.
At first, the majority of Minnesota’s fans were pumped to see the talented receiver back on their team’s sidelines. Moss was coming off a productive 2009 season and he was going to have the opportunity to catch passes from legendary quarterback Brett Favre.
However, as was the case for most of 2010, things did not exactly go according to plan with Vikings and the receiver. Moss’ second stint in Minnesota only lasted four games before head coach Brad Childress thought of the not-so-brilliant idea to waive the receiver without consulting the team’s ownership.
In Moss’ four appearances with the Vikings in 2010, he caught 13 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns (including Favre’s 500th).
Childress was fired a few weeks later and the Vikings were left wondering what could have been if the veteran receiver had stuck around for the remainder of the season.