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Patriots' Moss feels 'not wanted' without contract offer

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots receiver Randy Moss, speaking for the first time since camp began, expressed frustration because the team has not offered him a new contract.

Moss, 33, entering the final year of a three-year deal, is scheduled to earn $6.4 million this season and said he thinks he deserves a new pact based on his production the past two seasons.

"When you have done so much and put so much work in, it kind of feels like I am not wanted," Moss said in an exclusive interview with "I am taking that in stride and playing my final year out and whatever the future holds is what it holds, but it is kind of a bad feeling -- feeling not wanted. It is not like my production has gone down. I am speaking from an individual standpoint. I don't know about Tom [Brady's] or whoever else's contract.

"I am a little older and understand the nature of the business -- the older you get the more your skills supposedly diminish, but I think I am getting wiser in how to use my physical skills. That's the frustrating part when you put so much heart and desire into things and feel like you are not wanted."

Last season, Moss caught 83 passes for 1,246 yards and 13 touchdowns. In 2009, he had 69 receptions for 1,008 yards and and 11 scores. Those seasons came on the heels of a 2007 campaign when he registered 98 catches for 1,493 yards and 23 TDs.

Like Brady, also 33, Moss is entering the final year of his deal and the Patriots would have to spend a lot to keep both players. The team usually prefers that players play out the final year of their contract before giving them a new one. That was the case last season with nose tackle Vince Wilfork, who received a new contract in the offseason after his six-year deal expired.

The team still has not reached an agreement with OL Logan Mankins. He remains a restricted free agent because of the absence of a new collective bargaining agreement even though his five year contract expired at the end of last season.

The Patriots open Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.


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