In 2012, The Minnesota Vikings Will Gather No Moss

Randy Moss has done two separate stints with the Minnesota Vikings. . .or only one, if you've chosen to banish his most recent experience with the Beloved Purple to the same realm to which we've banished Godfather III, Caddyshack 2, and the time that Gary Cherone spent as the lead singer of Van Halen.

But if Vikings' General Manager Rick Spielman is to be believed, there won't be another encore performance in 2012.

"We'll be moving on," Spielman said today during an interview to discuss the draft, free agency and next week's scouting combine.

"Randy was a great player, but we'll focus more on trying to get a younger team."

And this makes sense, obviously. For as great and talented as Randy Moss is. . .or, more accurately, was. . .there isn't going to be a place for him on the roster of the 2012 Minnesota Vikings. There will be a host of wide receivers in free agency that the Vikings could potentially take a run at, and the 2012 NFL Draft is pretty deep at the wide receiver position, too, from all indications. This is likely going to be one of the youngest teams in the NFL next season, and the need for a 36-year old wide receiver that may or may not feel like busting his butt on every play is minimal at best.

I'm sure that won't stop a certain segment of the population out there from holding out hope that it will happen anyway, but the word from the horse's mouth is that it's not happening.

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