Raiders coach Tom Cable said Monday that he won't rule out placing a claim on Randy Moss once the veteran wide receiver is officially waived by the Minnesota Vikings.
"We have an interest in anyone we think can help us," Cable said.
Just four weeks after Moss gushed about returning to Minnesota, the Vikings decided to dump the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver after a loss to New England that had Moss wistful about his Patriots days during a bizarre postgame rant. It was another shocker in a tumultuous season for a Vikings team that began the year with Super Bowl aspirations.
Moss' name not listed on the league's official waiver wire, but his agent, Joel Segal, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that it's "merely a technical thing" before the move is official.
Vikings coach Brad Childress issued a statement Monday night, saying, "This decision was made based on what we thought was in the best interests of the Minnesota Vikings, both in the short and long term. We wish Randy the best as he moves forward in his career."
When asked if attempting to claim Moss was a distinct possibility, Cable said, "Well, I wouldn't (rule it out). I don't think you ever do if you think it can make your team better."
Moss played for the Raiders in 2005-06, but he asked to be traded before the 2007 season. The Raiders shipped Moss to the New England Patriots in 2007 for a fourth-round draft pick that turned out to be cornerback John
Raiders managing general partner Al Davis directed blame at coaches Norv Turner and Art Shell for the way Moss' Raiders tenure failed to produce the kind of results it did for the Vikings in his first stint there and for the Patriots.
"Randy Moss was great here for us," Davis said Sept. 12, 2009. "We couldn't satisfy Randy. That was our fault. He's a truly great player. The idea when you get a great player is to make him happy and satisfy him."
Teams have 24 hours from the time a player is waived to place a claim. The team with the worst record that places a claim for a player would get the rights to that player and assume the contract.
Moss has $3.38 million left on the $6.4 million he is due this season. There are 13 teams ahead of the Raiders in the pecking order, based on their current records.
The Vikings (2-5) acquired Moss from New England less than a month ago for a third-round draft pick.
About an hour before the news came out, Childress took 12 consecutive questions during his regular news conference about Moss, his effort, and his mindset in response to a rant by Moss after Sunday night's 28-18 loss to the Patriots.
Moss, who was fined $25,000 last week for failing to cooperate with the media and make himself regularly available for interviews, stepped to the podium after the game but announced he wouldn't take any questions. He repeatedly expressed admiration for coach Bill Belichick and his former team and criticized the Vikings for not taking enough of his game-planning advice.
Moss had only one catch for 8 yards against the Patriots. In four games for the Vikings, he had 13 receptions for 174 yards and two touchdowns.
Childress didn't mention the move when he talked to reporters and said Moss was staying back in the Boston area for a few days to spend time with family. Asked whether he regretted acquiring Moss, the coach said "not at present."
Moss expressed eagerness to connect with Brett Favre when he arrived and talked about how much he still loved Vikings fans some 5½ years after his departure.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.