With reports surfacing early Monday morning that Moss stated that he's making a comeback to the NFL, I immediately thought of all the upcoming speculation of a possible reunion with Tom Brady and the Patriots.
There have been no concrete rumors of New England showing any interest in Moss, but I would like to put an end to those before they even start. I can confidently state that I do not believe that Moss will be a New England Patriot in 2012 or for the remainder of his career.
Following Moss' rather disappointing 2010 season, a contract year for him for that matter, he failed to draw any interest from any teams last offseason and announced his retirement.
Let's think about this for a second. There is a reason why no team signed Moss last offseason. Possibly because teams felt that Moss had reached the end of the line, as he's 35-years-old, or simply, teams didn't want to deal with his rather bold personality.
In 2010, Moss played four games with the Patriots, four with the Minnesota Vikings and eight with the Tennessee Titans. He scored only five touchdowns while reeling in 28 passes for 393 yards. It's definitely safe to say that Moss was a non-factor for those three teams in 2010.
One thing that could draw some speculation about Moss returning to New England is that Josh McDaniels has returned as the team's offense coordinator.
After spending one-and-a-half seasons as the Denver Broncos head coach and last season as the St. Louis Rams' offensive coordinator, McDaniels is back with the Patriots as the team's offensive coordinator—a job that he held from 2006-2008.
McDaniels' most notable season was back in 2007 when he called the plays for New England's record-setting 16-0 season. That season, Brady threw for an NFL-record 50 touchdowns, while Moss caught an NFL record 23 touchdowns.
McDaniels, Moss and Brady do have an impressive resume together, but that was nearly five years ago and Moss could have very well reached the end of the line for his career. His skills appear to have diminished to a point where no team wants anything to do with him, hence his retirement from football last summer.
If Moss does return to New England, then I suppose I'll be forced to eat my own words. However, as of right now, I want to make my opinion clear: I confidently believe that there is zero chance that Moss will be heading back to New England as a member of the Patriots.
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