Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio had very little to say about the team's interest in reacquiring Randy Moss, who was expected to hit the NFL waiver wire Tuesday.
Caserio, who was conducting his weekly conference call with the New England media, cited league rules that discourage teams from talking about rumored transactions. This could potentially mean, as of Caserio's media availability at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Moss had yet to be officially released by the Vikings.
"I really don?t think we talk about hypotheticals until anything is official from the league," Caserio said. "We really don?t proceed. [The NFL] encourages teams to do that, to not make any sort of comment about any player until the transaction is official. We'll comply with the rules and regulations as mandated by the NFL, and once the transaction does come across the wire, then we'll proceed accordingly in whatever direction we're going to go."
Because the NFL's trading deadline has passed, every player who is released at this point in the season is subject to waivers, which are sorted in terms of record. Since the Patriots have the best record in the NFL, they have the last waiver priority.
"We'll do what we do every day with the waiver wire," Caserio said. "We'll assess the names that come through, and whatever names, whoever those players are, we'll evaluate the situation and then make a determination about what we feel is best for the team. We'll treat every situation, every player, every name that crosses the wire no different than we do any other day, whoever those players are."