Patriot's Biggest Offseason Need: Believe It Or Not

James KeenContributor IIFebruary 25, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots looks on from the sideline in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Do you remember a time when someone would ask "Who is Tom Brady's favorite receiver?" and the answer would be "Which ever one is open!"? I do. I also remember a guy that showed his frustration in Oakland, by taking plays off and lacking enthusiasm to the point that people were starting to think he had flamed out after nine season's in the NFL. It was the same guy that was traded to New England in 2007 to go on to have a record breaking season catching 23 touchdown passes to help lead the Patriots to the Super Bowl in route of an undefeated season.

It's funny how success and winning can completely disguise a player's character and lead people to believe that they've grown up or changed. The reality is that Randy Moss hasn't changed. We were just blinded by his play and the Patriots success. In the recent season of 2009 Moss was accused of taking plays off out of frustration. Even more recently he's made public comments about not being with New England much longer because they don't like to pay anyone. It's starting again folks, and it's only the beginning.

There's no denying the skill of Randy Moss. There's no denying the skill of Larry Fitzgerald, Marques Colston, Andre Johnson, and even Calvin Johnson. Are they better than Moss? Maybe now, but probably not in Moss's prime. But the biggest difference is that these other elite receivers keep their mouths shut, don't take plays off, and work towards the ultimate goal. Moss recently stated "If they want to give me a new contract I would entertain that, but I don't really think that I'm going to be a New England Patriot next year. So, I'll play this year out and then look for whatever the future is next." This doesn't sound like a guy who's too enthusiastic about playing for the Patriots next season.

New England has always been a topic of discussion in talks around the NFL, but up until a few years ago it was always positive until the Spygate incident. With a guy like Randy Moss on your team and being one of, if not the most popular team in the NFL, can lead to some really bad publicity and cause a lot of problems for the Patriots.

In my opinion, the Patriot's biggest offseason need is to get rid of Randy Moss. Who wants a guy playing for them that's already assuming that he'll be entering his last season in a Patriots uniform? It would be different if he felt that maybe they didn't think he was talented enough or lost a step or two, but it's clearly about money. Maybe if he said something like "I know I didn't play well this past season and if I don't step it up, I don't see my self being a Patriot next season." He didn't say anything like that because he did play well. And instead of stating he would do every thing could to remain a Patriot the rest of his career, he is basically saying that they just won't be able to afford to keep him.

Everyone has seen the difference in Dallas this past season when they released the cancer on their team in Terrell Owens. The odd truth about New England is that they've had more success with guys that were there to win championships and not worry about money. Other than Tom Brady they haven't really had any big "stars" until Moss. Maybe a few on defense but never on offense. They need to get better on defense of course, but they also need to get back to running the ball better and get rid of Randy Moss before it get's worse.

If they were smart they would release Moss soon, or use him as trade bait come draft day when he still hold's value. If you play the season out and things start getting worse, not only will it ruin the entire season but they will get nothing for him. His trade value will greatly drop and if they can't get rid of him they'll definitely get nothing for him after the season due to free agency. Other than getting rid off Moss they have to get younger at running back. Between Laurence Maroney (24), Sammy Morris (33), and Kevin Faulk (33) the average age is 30 years old. I'm sure they will address this in the upcoming draft.