Randy Moss: Cris Carter's Harsh Words Won't Deter Interested Teams

Alex KayCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2012

Cris Carter mentoring a young Randy Moss
Cris Carter mentoring a young Randy MossRonald Martinez/Getty Images

Randy Moss and Cris Carter have a love/hate relationship, with the two spewing vitriol one minute and then complimenting one another the next.

It’s not going to matter what Carter has to say though, as teams will be interested in Moss regardless of what his former teammate and borderline Hall of Fame receiver is running his mouth about.

Carter addressed the subject of Moss’ possible return to the NFL yesterday on ESPN Radio, according to Tim Yotter of Scout.com

He was highly critical of the man he went to two NFC championship games with in their four years together on the Minnesota Vikings:

“The one thing you have to address with Randy Moss is not a conditioning thing,” Carter said. “It's not an age thing. It needs to be addressed. I believe it's the elephant in the room. It's that thing called quit. And Randy, not like any other superstar I've met, he has more quit in him than any of those other players. So I need to address that. I think that's what (New England Patriots coach Bill) Belichick did when he brought him over from Oakland. He told him he wasn’t going to allow it, wasn’t going to have it.”

He went on to say Moss has a “quit mechanism in him that’s huge and needs to be addressed before he signs with any team.”

Those were sharp criticisms from the same analyst who said Moss could run a 4.3 jumping out of bed earlier in the day.

Fans of Randy can rest assured that most teams will not take Carter’s comments into account when judging if their squad should sign him.

His agent, Joel Segal, appeared on ProFootballTalk Live on Tuesday afternoon and let it be known that three teams have already made inquiries about his client, and he expects many more to come calling at the NFL combine next week.

He wouldn’t mention which specific franchises were already interested, but speculation and team needs could easily have the Patriots, Eagles, Bears and Browns among the early suitors.

This is great news for the single-season touchdown reception record holder, who took to Twitter to express his disappointment in Carter’s comments.

He later backed off the biting Hall of Fame statement and let him know it wasn’t personal.

Regardless of what is said between these two gentlemen, the only thing that matters for Moss’ comeback is how he performs in tryouts and interviews with potential franchises.