Randy Moss Waived: Will Any Team Claim Him?
The Vikings traded a third round pick to the New England Patriots for Moss on October 6. Apparently, they grew fed up with the mercurial receiver in under a month. The amount of love he gave to New England in his press conference following the Vikings-Patriots game on Sunday must have grated Brad Childress.
This move will go down as a great blunder for the Vikings.
It will also go down as a low point in Randy Moss' career, which is difficult to say considering he spent two dreadful years in Oakland.
Moss has just 22 catches for 313 yards and two touchdowns this season while splitting eight games with New England and Minnesota.
The storylines involved with this story are numerous and a source for much drama. What does Brett Favre think of this? Why exactly did Brad Childress do this? But the most important question of all is where Randy Moss will play out the 2010 NFL Season?
As he has been placed on waivers, Moss and his contract can be picked up by any team in the NFL. The Buffalo Bills have first dibs because they own the worst record in the NFL. From there, Moss' claim passes down the list of teams from worst to first.
Interestingly enough, the New England Patriots have the last chance to claim Moss.
While it is fun to speculate on whether the Patriots would claim Moss if 31 other teams passed, it is unlikely that that many teams would sit around and let a receiver of Moss' caliber slip through their grasp.
Moss might not be the same dominate receiver he was in his prime, but he is still one of the greatest receivers in the history of the NFL. Undoubtedly, numerous teams would like to take a shot at snagging Moss. From bottom-dwellers to contenders, Moss would improve so many teams that it is unlikely for him to stay inactive for long.
If Moss does manage to pass waivers, the Vikings would be responsible for paying him and he would be an unrestricted free agent.
But a team that doesn't have a shot at the playoffs might be wary of claiming Moss. His past troubles playing for a non-contender in Oakland serves as enough of a red flag to keep teams like the Bills, Panthers, Browns, Lions, etc...away from Moss.
Other teams, such as the Bengals, could not possibly sustain a team with three receivers with egos like Moss, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. That scenario is overkill.
One team that immediately jumps to mind, that can satisfy Moss with a great quarterback, a chance at the playoffs and a low enough waiver claim to snatch Moss from other contenders, are the San Diego Chargers.
Imagine Philip Rivers throwing to Randy Moss? San Diego is still in the AFC West race following their victory of Tennessee. However, their 3-5 record means they can claim Moss before other playoff contenders.
Other teams that could potentially use Moss and claim him are the St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins.
One more team that should be singled out here is the Oakland Raiders. Moss might not have enjoyed his time by the Bay in his first stint, but with the momentum of the Raiders he might be willing to try a return trip.
It's far too early to tell what will be the outcome of this shocking move. But Randy Moss, one of the most dangerous weapons of this generation, is once again available.
Many middling teams that are still in the playoff hunt could use his services and it seems highly likely that one of them will jump at thew chance to add Moss.
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