According to various reports, the Minnesota Vikings have waived Randy Moss one day after his return to Foxboro to play the Patriots. After the game Randy delivered a press conference for the ages in which he unequivocally stated his love for the New England organization. Rumor is the Vikings weren’t happy with his press conference and they weren’t happy that he didn’t fly home with the team and instead stayed in Boston to be with his family. Some have said that because Moss wasn’t officially on the waiver report today, that the Vikings may have reconsidered but Moss said he doesn’t want to be apart of that locker room so long as Brad Childress is in the locker room.
Many in the New England area, (who were so quick to bash Moss after he left) are already yelling for him to come back. We know Randy would love to come back “home” but does the Kraft family or Coach Belichick want him back? Moss would have to clear waivers of every team in the league even before the Patriots make their decision to claim him. It is not often that a Hall of Fame caliber player is just there for the taking.
Moss is a game changer. If he isn’t lighting up the stat sheet, he at least forces defenses to shift their focus solely on him. In New England he freed up Wes Welker to do the damage he caused. Since Moss left Welker has been a non factor. Once Moss arrived in Minnesota, Percy Harvin was the beneficiary. Harvin lit up opposing teams because all the focus was on covering Moss.
Moss still has tremendous value on the field. But he has shown his true colors this season, in being outspoken about getting a long term contract to his liking. No team has stepped up and offered him that and for some reason he is feeling as if his employment is insecure. Here is a look at the 32 teams and whether they will give Randy a chance. Teams in bold are teams that I feel actually have an interest in Moss.
No win teams
Buffalo- They are 0-7 and playing for draft picks. No point in them taking the salary on as a 9 week rental.
One win teams
Carolina- The Panthers are trying to rebuild and bringing the aging veteran will do them no good
Dallas- I’d venture to say the Cowboys would give Moss a look to make up for not drafting him years ago. But they already have plenty of depth at wideout in Miles Austin, Roy Williams, and Dez Bryant. I wouldn’t put anything past Jerry Jones.
Two win teams
Cincinnati- They already have two head cases at wide out that have caused Carson Palmer enough grief. They don’t need a third.
Cleveland- The Browns aren’t going anywhere this season and theres no need to bring in more salary.
Denver- The Broncos passing attack isn’t the problem. They need a running game.
Minnesota- They had enough of him after three weeks and caused this post happen.
Detroit- As much as I would love to see Randy and Megatron on the same team, it’s not going to happen.
San Francisco- The NFC West is the worst in football and is still up for grabs. San Fran needs another wideout opposite Crabtree to compliment Gore and Vernon Davis.
Three win teams
San Diego- Phillip Rivers is dying for someone to throw to other than Antonio Gates. Yes Vincent Jackson is coming back but who knows what kind of shape he will be in?
Arizona- The Cardinals don’t have anyone that can get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald so what’s the point in bringing in Moss?
Four win teams
Miami- The Dolphins have a strong receiving corps in Marshall, Hartline, and Davone Bess. Marshall has already complained about not getting the ball enough. This wouldn’t be a good fit.
Indianapolis- They have been hurt by the injury bug losing Clark, Collie, and Garcon. Giving Peyton Manning Randy Moss opposite Reggie Wayne would be devastating to the rest of the AFC.
Houston- The Texans problems aren’t on the offensive side of the ball. No need for Moss here.
Jacksonville- The Jaguars need a top receiver. Mike Sims-Walker is not going to cut it if the Jaguars want to make a run at a wide open division title.
Oakland- Will Al Davis want to bring back Moss? The Raiders are in the conversation for a division title. We know Al Davis loves big names.
Philadelphia- The Eagles have a strong receiving corps with Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
Washington- Donovan McNabb desperately needs someone to compliment Santana Moss. Santana is more of a possession receiver and would greatly benefit from Randy’s presence. Daniel Snyder would be more than happy to fork over any amount of money to anyone.
Chicago- I’m more than positive Mike Martz is salivating at the present time praying upon prayer that Moss falls into the lap of the Chicago Bears. With his system, Johnny Knox, Devin Hester, and Earl Bennett don’t cut it for QB Jay Cutler.
Seattle- I don’t think I can name 5 guys on this roster. But they already did part ways with Deon Branch with the theory being they had depth at the position already.
St Louis- Rookie Sam Bradford lost his number one receiver Donnie Avery in the preseason, then lost his number one during the season in Mark Clayton. Now his number one is Danny Amendola. Yeah, the Rams could use Moss.
Five win teams
New York Jets- The Jets would do anything to stick it to the Pats especially after the Pats swooped in and claimed Danny Woodhead. They don’t necessarily need him but they will take him just to mess with New England.
Baltimore- The Ravens are doing just fine right now. Boldin is a beast, Rice is coming back into form, and the defense is stellar.
Pittsburgh- The Steelers would be an interesting landing spot for Randy. Mike Wallace has been ok opposite Hines Ward but Moss would make Pittsburgh very dangerous.
Tennessee- Kenny Britt went down with a hamstring injury a week after exploding onto the scene with 3 touchdowns and over 200 yards receiving. The Titans have never had a big name receiver and may be intrigued by Moss.
Kansas City- The Old Patriot regime would surely like to bring in Moss opposite Dwayne Bowe to give Matt Cassell another weapon.
New York Giants- The Giants have no need for another receiver as they already have Nicks, Smith, and Manningham.
Green Bay- While the Packers are walking wounded, their receiving corps hasn’t been hit by the injury bug yet.
Atlanta- The Falcons may give Moss a look to alleviate some of the pressure on Roddy White. White is targeted the most week in and week out. Imagine the stress Moss would induce upon defensive coordinators opposite Roddy?
Tampa Bay- Normally, I’d suggest Randy Moss to the surprising Bucs. But I feel Raheim Morris and company are confident they can get to the playoffs with their team as is.
New Orleans- Drew Brees can make anyone good and receiving isn’t the problem in The Big Easy. They need their backfield to get healthy.
And that leaves us with…
New England-I don’t see Moss passing all the aforementioned teams in the waiver process. No shot in hell. But if for some reason he does I do think Belichick would take Moss back with the understanding that there is no contract extension. I do think that the Pats don’t need him back. In fact I have long said that the Pats are a better team without him. And they have backed me up on that going 3-0 without him. To be honest however, I would like to see Randy back in Foxboro just because I’m a sucker for the drama of it all.
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