2012 NFL Free Agents: 5 Teams Randy Moss Would Thrive with
The future Hall of Fame receiver took off the 2011 season to re-evaluate his career and apparently it's not over yet. Moss still has the speed and hands to be a productive player in the league and many teams could benefit from his services even for just a single season.
Here are five teams Moss could play well with and help in 2012.
1. New England Patriots
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Moss revamped his career with the New England Patriots from 2007-2009 and a return to Foxboro is just what the doctor ordered for another successful run in 2012.
Playing with an elite quarterback like Tom Brady will make any receiver look good but Moss was playing like he was back in his heydays with the Minnesota Vikings. In his first season with the Patriots, Moss caught 23 touchdown passes for 1,493 yards. If that isn't a good enough reason to sign him then I don't know what is.
Imagine what Moss could have done for the Patriots in the Super Bowl if he was still with the team. It makes you wonder if he could have caught some of those dropped passes and potentially win the game.
2. Oakland Raiders
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A return to Oakland in Moss's future? Why not? The Oakland Raiders are a much better team as of late and they finally have a quarterback who can throw the ball around.
Carson Palmer was pretty productive in Cincinnati with big name receivers like Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens so there's no telling how he could do with Moss. A deep threat like Moss would do well to complement the Raiders strong running game and give Palmer another weapon on offense.
Defenses would have a hard time trying to cover two deep threats in Moss and Darrius Heyward-Bey.
3. San Diego Chargers
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The San Diego Chargers may be in need of deep threat receiver if Vincent Jackson decides he wants to move on in 2012. Philip Rivers loves to throw the ball deep to tall athletic receivers and Moss fits that bill quite nicely.
Having Moss with Antonio Gates and Malcom Floyd would give Rivers three fairly decent options to throw to and help him return to his elite quarterback status.
Head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith are on the hot seat to make the Chargers better in 2012 and if signing Moss is an option then why not go for it?
4. St. Louis Rams
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The St. Louis Rams are in desperate need of receiver help for Sam Bradford and although they may address that in the draft, it would also be wise to sign a veteran receiver like Moss to take some pressure off him.
Moss has performed well in domes before and playing in the Edward Jones Dome may remind him of his Vikings days. Playing in ideal field conditions would give an aging player like Moss the extra advantage as well.
The Rams haven't had a star receiver in St. Louis since Torry Holt graced the field and adding Moss would give the fans something to get excited about once again. The Rams already have an established running game with Steven Jackson so all that's really needed is a decent passing game and Moss can come in and give them that right away.
5. Philadelphia Eagles
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There's speculation that the Philadelphia Eagles will retain DeSean Jackson in 2012 but for how long is the true mystery. Bringing Moss to the Eagles would make for an interesting insurance policy if Jackson is forced out of Philadelphia.
Michael Vick has improved the passing aspect of his game and having a receiver like Moss would only make him better. Jackson has tremendous speed but his lack of size makes accurate throws a must for Vick. Moss also has good speed but his size allows him to get up above defenders and make plays. Having Moss would take some pressure off Vick to make pinpoint throws thus decreasing his interceptions in 2012.
Other than Jackson, the Eagles have no real receiver threat so the decision to sign Moss is a necessary one.