2012 NFL Free Agents: Randy Moss and Veterans Who Need to Retire

Jessica Marie@ItsMsJisnerCorrespondent IIFebruary 19, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 26:  Receiver Randy Moss #84 of the Tennessee Titans warms up prior to the start of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 26, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Surely there are plenty of teams interested in Randy Moss after his uber-informative USTREAM chat this week.

The veteran wide receiver, who has been out of action for the better part of the last two years, says he is making a comeback, but whether or not any NFL team should risk signing him is the real question.

The truth is that Moss is an aging wideout with a history of little else besides attitude problems whose best season came in 2007, when he helped the Patriots post an 18-1 effort after failing epically against the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

It’s true that the Tom Brady-to-Moss connection was one for the books. During his one full season in New England, the receiver posted a career-high 23 touchdowns as part of one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history, but as expected, his time in New England turned sour shortly thereafter, and he was shipped out of town just four games into the 2008 campaign.

Moss proved that, as a part of the no-talk, all-business New England system, he could put his superhuman athleticism to good use and turn himself into the powerhouse receiver scouts always hoped he’d be.

But the attitude always gets in the way, and why should anyone expect it to be any different the next time around? This is a guy who, after being traded to the Vikings and subsequently pummeled by the Patriots a few weeks later, publicly declared his love for the winning team in a postgame news conference.

That attitude, coupled with the fact that he’s 35 and has been out of work for two years, makes Moss too much of a risk to gamble on. He was great once, but he’s just not worth it anymore.

Here are a couple of other players who should call it quits before 2012 training camp:

Kevin Faulk, New England

While we’re on the topic of the Patriots, let’s talk about Kevin Faulk, who has played in just nine games over the last two seasons, carrying for a grand total of 102 yards and zero touchdowns. The veteran is certainly beloved in Patriots Nation, but he’ll be 36 by the start of training camp, and it doesn’t look like things will be getting any easier for him. Now may be the time to hang up those cleats.

Hines Ward, Pittsburgh

It’s always hard to say goodbye to players who were so dominant during their heydays, but Hines Ward's glory days are far behind him. The wide receiver, who has amassed 85 touchdowns and over 12,000 yards over the course of his 14-year career, has seemingly lost the burst of speed that used to make him such a dangerous threat.