Randy Moss: Philadelphia Eagles and NY Jets Two Most Intriguing Options for Moss

Zachary D. RymerMLB Lead WriterFebruary 13, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 29-20.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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When Randy Moss chose to retire last year, it seemed inevitable that he would announce his intent to attempt a comeback in the NFL.

That announcement came on Monday via a Ustream.tv video in an appearance meant to celebrate Moss' 35th birthday.

“Faith, family and football, that’s my M.O., bro,” Moss said, per Pro Football Talk.  “Your boy be back for the upcoming season.”

Well, at least we know that his year away from football hasn't robbed Moss of his way with words.

The bigger concern is whether or not Moss has anything left, which is something nobody knows. It could turn out that he has nothing left, which would invariably turn this comeback attempt into a pipe dream.

There are, however, interested parties. For now, anyway.

According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, a source close to Moss claims that the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Jets "are at least curious" about Moss. 

I have to say, I'm not at all surprised that those two teams would find their way into the picture this early in the game. It makes an odd sort of sense.

I also have to say that it's pretty easy to picture Moss on either team. He would fit right in.

On the Eagles, Moss would be yet another explosive receiving option for Michael Vick. He already has the always-steady Jeremy Maclin to throw to, and the word from Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer is that the Eagles are going to use the franchise tag on DeSean Jackson.

Assuming Jackson isn't traded, Moss could step in and be a secondary home-run threat, a luxury that would make Philly's offense even more dangerous than it already is.

On the Jets, Moss would be the deep threat that the team didn't have in 2011. Mark Sanchez was better than people would have you believe, but he was limited in terms of what he could do because he didn't have a home-run hitter to help open things up. Moss could be the missing link.

Now, all of this is contingent on Moss still having his blazing speed, and that's where things get iffy. He wasn't very explosive when we last saw him in 2010, and he's a year older now, not to mention a year removed from the game. His comeback attempt could go the way of Terrell Owens' comeback attempt.

If Moss does check out, though, the Eagles and Jets would have to be right at the top of his list of preferences. Both teams underachieved in a big way in 2011, but they should both be better in 2012 after making a few necessary adjustments. Moss may not get better opportunities to go ring-chasing.

Things will be a little different if the New England Patriots come calling, and Cole and several others have suggested they might. If Moss wants to win a ring, the Pats would be the team for him.

But come on. I think you and I both know that ship sailed way out of sight in 2010.

If Moss feels like getting back at the Patriots, one supposes the Jets would be even more alluring.


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