Randy Moss just wants to be loved.
In a news conference Sunday and again on "SportsCenter" two days later, Moss expressed dissatisfaction in his situation with the New England Patriots. He's entering the final year of his contract and reiterated his belief he won't be back next year.
Moss said around New England "there's a lot of people who don't want to see me do good," and "I don't think, me personally, I'm appreciated" by Patriots management.
The comments sent National Post columnist Andrew Brandt down memory lane, back to a time when two teams and legendary quarterbacks were fighting over Moss.
Brandt handled contracts for the Green Bay Packers from 1999 through 2008 and tried to negotiate a deal to pry Moss from the Oakland Raiders. The Patriots also were in hot pursuit. Brett Favre and Tom Brady were in all-out courting mode.
Moss was coming off a disappointing 2006 campaign of 42 receptions, 553 yards and three touchdowns. The Raiders wanted to unload him, but he was scheduled to make $9.75 million in 2007 and $11.25 million in 2008.
A new contract was necessary, and Moss insisted on a one-year deal that would allow him to have a big comeback season and then hit the free-agent market.
Brandt wanted to protect the Packers with a second year, but the Patriots acquiesced to Moss' demand and closed the deal, a development that might have played a role in Favre's first retirement and eventual trade to the New York Jets.