Try to contain your excitement while reading this…
Randy Moss is coming back to the NFL.
“I just wanna go to a team and play some football,” Moss said in an announcment to “true Moss fans” on his 35th birthday via his Ustream.tv channel this morning. “The real Moss is on his way back to the NFL,” he said. “I didn’t want to make no splash, that’s why I left it on Moss TV.”
Well, good thing he made the announcement on “Moss TV” seeing as how he didn’t want to make “no” splash. I’m sure the 12 people who tuned in will keep the situation on the down low for Randy.
I know some are thinking, ‘Hey, for one year I’d see if Moss has anything left in the tank.’ But let’s be realistic for a moment: Which team really wants him?
First and foremost, nobody was interested in his services two years ago when he managed to get booted off two teams in one season. So why would anyone be interested now? Because he’s older and wiser?
There are plenty of receiver-needy teams that might be willing to kick the tires on Moss this offseason. But general managers of these receiver-needy teams would be better off trying to develop young talent than shoehorning Moss into the lineup for one season. After all, one year of Randy Moss isn’t going to solve any team’s receiver issues.
Winning has been the only thing that has kept Moss from being a distraction over his career. Chances are he would keep quiet for one last chance to play for a winning franchise, a la Plaxico Burress last season. Thus, Moss may be worth the risk for a good team like the 49ers, who oh-by-the-way will be searching for a wideout this offseason.
But have you seen the receivers that could be available this year? Vincent Jackson, Wes Welker, Reggie Wayne, DeSean Jackson, Dwayne Bowe, Marques Colston, Steve Johnson, Brandon Llyod, Robert Meachem, Mario Manningham, Laurent Robinson and Mike Wallace (restricted) are just a handful of the receivers whose contracts are expiring this offseason. Early Doucet, Harry Douglas, Legedu Naanee, Eddie Royal, Andre Caldwell, Roy Williams and Jerome Simpson could be available as well.
So why on earth would any team take on a potential headache like Moss when they could get a younger, potentially much better receiver on the open market?
I think it’s great that Moss is feeling rejuvenated on his 35th birthday. But if he wanted to play football so badly then he should have shut his mouth and trusted that the Patriots would give him a new contract in 2010. Instead, he pouted (just like he did in Oakland) and managed to completely fall off the radar.
“Faith, family, and football, that’s my M.O., bro,” Moss said. “Your boy be back for the upcoming season.”
We’ll see, Randy.
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