Randy Moss Rumors: Could Star Receiver Sign with Denver?

Dan Allen@@DanVAllenCorrespondent IIFebruary 15, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on from the sideline against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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After sitting out all of the 2011, record-holding receiver Randy Moss has announced that he wants to return NFL in 2012.

Now, the question is, where will Moss go now that he can sign with any team?

One team that could definitely use a stud wide receiver is the Denver Broncos.

Since the mid-season trade that sent Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Lloyd to the St. Louis Rams, the Broncos have been lacking a true No. 1 receiver.

Unorthodox quarterback and media darling Tim Tebow has had a good duo in Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, yet the passing game was never very effective in 2011. After the departure of incumbent quarterback Kyle Orton, the passing game diminished.

Denver ranked among the worst teams in the league passing, and games like the postseason loss to the New England Patriots displayed the offense's faults.

Randy Moss is definitely a No. 1 receiver, if you've ever seen one. With a career that includes almost 15,000 yards receiving, 153 touchdowns and ten seasons of 1,000 receiving yards or more, Moss has quite the pedigree to be a team primary target.

Although 35, Moss reportedly can still run a 40-yard dash in under 4.4 seconds. After all, it was never Moss's athleticism that was under attack during the last several seasons. Moss was criticized for losing the will to play, and he sat out the 2011 season as a result.

The acquisition of a dominant wideout would be electrifying for the Denver offense.

Since Tebow is still developing as a passer, having a receiver who has the combination of speed, height, vertical ability and excellent catching skills would instantly make the young quarterback more effective.

With a receiver to reckon with in Moss, Decker and Thomas would get less attention and, therefore, more open looks.

The run game would also open up with the defense's attention shifting to a rejuvenated passing attack. With defenses no longer able to stack the box, both the running backs and Tebow would benefit from an increased ability to run the ball.

A more efficient offense could stay on the field longer and effect the defense by keeping them off the field more often. Denver was atrocious on third downs, with the third worst conversion percentage in the league. This was due in large part to the inability to complete third-and-long attempts through the air.

The roadblock to a deal with any NFL team for Moss is his well recorded attitude issues throughout his career.

He's been easy to quit on a team that's not winning, and he's often a very selfish player. Many consider Moss to be a locker room cancer.

A team like Denver may be wary of signing a player that is a major distraction, especially since Tebow's prominence in the media already serves as a distraction.

If Moss shows that he's dedicated to playing for a team that's not an immediate contender, Denver should make a run at signing him this offseason. With Moss, the offense would undoubtedly improve tremendously and give the Broncos a legitimate chance to win the division once again.

However, as always with Moss, the attitude issues would probably scare away an organizations—Denver included.

Will Moss be in a Denver uniform next season?

Most likely not.

Instead, Denver may pursue other (potential) free agent wideouts like Marques Colston, Dwayne Bowe and Reggie Wayne who have had little off-the-field issues in comparison

All this is true only if Denver is willing to spend the money, of course.