Randy Moss: Why St. Louis Rams Must Sign Troubled Wide Receiver

Justin KeithCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 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.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Randy Moss is one of the best wide receivers in NFL history.

He is also one of the most troubled and maligned figures in the game in recent memory.

Moss retired after a disastrous 2010 season in which he was traded from New England to the Minnesota Vikings. He was later released by Minnesota only to be picked up by the Tennessee Titans.

Moss seemed to have a good thing going in New England with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, but in typical Moss fashion, he wore out his welcome.

After a year out of football, Moss has decided it's time to come back into the game.

However, he may find it difficult to find a team that is willing to take the risk of signing a troubled figure such as himself.

That being said, Moss will be motivated to prove he can still play football and will be working for another well-paying contract after this season.

Any team that is willing to take on Moss on a one-year deal may be rewarded by a season of top talent at wideout.

The St. Louis Rams would be a perfect fit.

Although Jeff Fisher was the coach for the Titans when Moss was on the team at the end of the 2010 season, Fisher is a well-respected guy who could handle Moss for one season.

I see this as a low-risk, high reward move for the Rams.

Sam Bradford desperately needs a playmaking wide receiver to help carry the load on offense along with himself and running back Stephen Jackson.

Moss could provide the spark the offense needs.

Brandon Lloyd is a free agent and will likely explore the market. This means the Rams' only Pro Bowl-caliber wideout may be leaving St. Louis after being traded to the team from Denver during the 2011 season.

Moss would have to be one of several wideouts that the Rams bring in to help out Bradford. However, if he is motivated, he could be their best option and at the cheapest price.

Moss also seems to play exceptionally well in his first season with teams. Indeed, he has put up over 1,000 yards receiving in each of his debut seasons in a new city.

In his first season with Minnesota as a rookie, Moss had over 1,300 yards receiving and scored 17 touchdowns. After leaving Minnesota and going to the Oakland Raiders, Moss put up 1,005 yards receiving and eight scores. In his first season with Tom Brady, Moss had over 1,400 yards receiving and scored a record 23 touchdowns.

St. Louis could benefit from this trend.

If Moss was able to put up half of those numbers in his first season with the Rams, it would be a success.

He would be a big target in the red zone for Bradford and give them the ability to blow the top off defenses.

When he wants to, at least.

Jeff Fisher is one of the best coaches in the NFL and could certainly handle Moss and his diva attitude.

If it doesn't work out, the Rams could just waive Moss and the financial commitment wouldn't be a handicap for the rest of the offseason for the Rams.

Moss in St. Louis works, if only for one season.