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New England Patriots Links 9/15/10 - Maroney Traded; Moss Wants To Retire A Patriot

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Karen Guregian and Ian Rapoport report the trade took Laurence Maroney by surprise.

Reached by phone at the airport before his flight to Denver, Maroney described himself as disappointed - "because I didn’t see this coming," he said - with the trade.

"It is what it is," Maroney told the Herald. "It was just one of those situations. I had some great opportunities there. I felt like I had some good times running the ball, and some not so good times. I got hurt. I could never really get going.

"But I loved playing there. Now I have to move on to Denver."

Karen Guregian simplifies Randy Moss's remarks into this: He wants to continue playing for a coach and team he dearly loves and then retire as a Patriot.

"I really don’t know from Mr. Kraft’s perspective. Hopefully, he’s not too (ticked) with me," Moss said. "Bill just said, ‘Is everything OK?’ I said, ‘Yeah, coach. I’m not mad, I’m not bitter.’ And he understood in a certain sense where I was coming from. Not fully, don’t get me wrong. But the business side of it, he does understand. So, I told him, ‘Coach, you probably won’t hear from me again the rest of the year talkin’ about my contract. It’s just something I wanted to get out there and now that it’s in the air, and off my chest, you won’t hear no more about it from me after this.’ "

"Bill has his own mystique about him," Moss said. "He did seem like he was very supportive of me. He might not seem like he’s a very supportive guy to y’all. But I love playing for Bill. I love him as a man, I love him as a coach. He might not show his love inside, most of the time. When it’s all said and done, I love playing for the man."