Randy Moss Waived By Vikings: Five Potential Destinations For Moss

Brandon Jefferson@pengriffey_jrContributor IINovember 1, 2010

Randy Moss Waived By Vikings: Five Potential Destinations For Moss

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    Randy Moss' return to the Minnesota Vikings was short lived. After four games, the Vikings have released Moss

    The release comes after another one of Moss' post-game rants. This time Moss expressed his concern with Minnesota not listening to his advice on plays the New England Patriots were likely to run in Sunday's game, and talked about how much the Patriots franchise meant to him.

    Moss is now available to be claimed off of waivers for the next 24 hours. All 31 NFL teams have the opportunity to claim Moss.

    Which teams should be giving Randy Moss the time of day? Keep reading to find out.


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5. Cleveland Browns

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    You know who would listen to any advice Moss is willing to dish about the Patriots' tendencies? Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini.

    Mangini and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick have a bond that goes back to when Mangini was a 23-year-old ball boy for the Browns when Belichick was the head coach there.

    Mangini became the Patriots defensive coordinator in 2005, and then left for the rival New York Jets in 2006 to be their head coach.

    The two coaches have formed a rivalry over the past four seasons, Mangini is 2-4 overall against Belichick's Patriots since he left.

    Why would Cleveland be interested in Moss? It just so happens that the Browns next game after their upcoming bye week is against none other than the New England Patriots. I'm sure Mangini would love to try and get his hands on Randy if he could.

4. Washington Redskins

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    The Washington Redskins have been inconsistent to start of this season. They have impressive wins against teams like the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles, but also have head scratching losses to the St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions.

    The current buzz is around the benching of star quarterback Donovan McNabb that happened during Sunday's loss to the Lions.

    McNabb is definitely a great quarterback but he lacks targets in Washington. Santana Moss and Chris Cooley are the only two players to have more than 20 catches for the Redskins.

    McNabb's best year as a quarterback came when his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, acquired big-play target Terrell Owens. McNabb led that team to the Super Bowl.

    The addition of Randy Moss could be just what the Redskins need to keep them in contention for the NFC East title.

3. New England Patriots

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    Why not go back to New England? It has been reported that Moss was well received inside of the Patriots' locker room. And he took Sunday's press conference to spell out the admiration he still has for the organization.

    Moss and quarterback Tom Brady already have chemistry and Moss knows the plays so there won't be any adjustment period necessary.

    The Patriots haven't faltered without Moss, but their offense hasn't been as high powered as it once was. New England has found success in their run game.

    However, wide receiver and Brady favorite Wes Welker has been seeing more attention in opponents' defensive schemes. Welcoming back Moss would change that quickly. 

2. Tennessee Titans

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    Chris Johnson and Vince Young of the Tennessee Titans are two of the best athletes at their respective position. 

    Now imaging if the Titans added Moss to that offense, they would have three players capable of making game-changing plays anytime they touch the ball.

    The Titans have the 10th-ranked rush offense in the NFL, and adding a deep threat and top-10 receiver in Randy Moss will only help their offense become more potent.

    A play action to Chris Johnson will keep linebackers and safeties alike rooted in their spots, giving Moss enough space to make a play downfield.

    The Titans are in the thick of the AFC South race siting in second with a 5-3 record. They will jump ahead of the loser of tonight's Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts game. Moss could push this team over the top and get them to the playoffs.

1. Carolina Panthers

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    The Carolina Panthers have played horrendously this season. They are 1-6 and scored over 20 points once all season (in their 23-20 win against the San Francisco 49ers).

    The Panthers have the 31st-ranked pass offense in all of the NFL, only averaging 165.9 yards per game. Their run game isn't too great either, ranking 28th with 85.6 yards per game.

    Adding Randy Moss with playmakers like DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Steve Smith will have defensive coordinators going crazy with schemes and adjustments.

    The main flaw with Carolina has been quarterback play, as both Matt Moore and rookie Jimmy Clausen haven't impressed much this year.

    Having options in Moss and Smith may help ease the pressure that Moore and Clausen deal with, and the idea of having those two receivers on the same field is very intriguing.


    Brandon Jefferson is a student at High Point University and a Bleacher Report Writing Intern. You can follow him on Twitter @Dotcom_2.