- John Clayton, NFL senior writer
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Moss, who wasn't franchised by the Patriots, became a free agent after midnight Thursday. Though talks continue with the Patriots, the numbers aren't close enough for him to close his ears to other opportunities.
To facilitate a trade for the Patriots last spring, Moss took a $7 million paycut -- from $10 million to $3 million -- but shortened his contract to one year. The Patriots had the option of franchising him but decided to work out a contract with him.
As a free agent, Moss is available to the highest bidder. He would like to stay in New England with Tom Brady, but he could be available for the right offer. It is not known how many teams and which teams contacted him.
John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com
The Patriots and Randy Moss aren't close to a deal and Moss is starting to listen to offers from other teams.