MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Vikings owner Red McCombs said he is no longer optimistic receiver Randy Moss and the team will agree on a new contract before the 2001 season.
McCombs told the Saint Paul Pioneer Press on Wednesday that contract talks with Moss' agent, Dante DiTrapano, have "died down."
"I doubt a deal will get done before the season starts," McCombs said. "If it doesn't get done before then, we're going to wait until the end of the season to get a deal done."
Neither Moss nor DiTrapano could be immediately reached for comment.
DiTrapano said recently that Moss wants to become the highest-paid player in the NFL. Moss, who has 43 touchdowns and 4,163 yards in his first three seasons, is set to make a base salary of $3.5 million in 2001, the final season of a four-year contract.
Moss is scheduled to play basketball tonight for the Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs in a United States Basketball League game against the Long Island Surf. The game is in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
It was not known whether Moss bought insurance in case of injury.
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