Randy Moss Cut: Top 10 Suitors, Raiders and Patriots Are in the Mix
The Randy Moss show has been nothing short of entertaining, although most will call his antics selfish and childish. Moss is now a part of waivers for the first time in his long career and many will have the opportunity to bring in and potentially tame the unhappy athlete. Realistically though, these ten teams make the best sense for Moss and don't be shocked when if his reunion with a certain blue and red team isn't far off.
10. Indianapolis Colts
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This is most certainly a long shot, which is why they are number ten on the list. But don't be shocked if Moss gets the call, if the injury replacements the Colts have don't get the job done against the Texans. Moss would help the Colts just as much as he would hurt them and I am sure that the last thing Colts' fans wanna see is Moss in their uniform. But with Addai, Collie, and Clark down, their only true elite option is Reggie Wayne and he is hobbled slightly as well.
The Manning-Moss combination would be interesting to see, but could the Colts settle the massive ego of the man named Randy?
9. Cleveland Brows
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The Cleveland Browns are one of the worst offenses in the league, but recently, Colt McCoy, has swooped in to save the day. McCoy led the Browns to a victory over the current Super Bowl champions, the Saints, at home pretty convincingly by a score of 30-17. Despite this recent spike in production, the Browns lack a true number one receiver for their up and coming quarterback.
Tight End Benjamin Watson currently leads the team in receiving, but if they were to add Moss the offense could click on all cylinders. With Moss, teams would be forced to shy away from Massaquoi and Cribbs and give them more space to get open. Unfortunately though, if you factor in Moss' ego, there is a chance that he doesn't want to play for the Browns and gives zero effort if he is claimed, but it is an interesting prospect to look at nonetheless.
8. Miami Dolphins
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This isn't as much of a longshot as you may think because the Dolphins realize how much the Patriots would love to bring the star receiver back to the team. Not to mention that the Dolphins are in the playoff hunt and Moss and Marshall would be one of the best receiving cores in the game. Marshall would lose double coverages and force teams to single cover both talented receivers, which could make Chad Henne one happy camper.
The boost in the arm that Moss gives the Dolphins is the same reason why Moss worked so well in New England. Moss plus single coverage equals easy pickings and the Dolphins block move could turn itself into a division championship.
7. San Diego Chargers
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With the recent injuries to their receiving core and the effectiveness of Vincent Jackson when he returns still looming, the Chargers are the next logical choice for Moss to land. The Vincent Jackson debacle has been awful for the Chargers and their team has fallen to a 2-5 record partly because of it. Even though VJax has come back and will play at least the last five games of the season, no one really knows how well he will play because he is still disgruntled and upset. One person who can definitely relate though is, Randy Moss, for obvious reasons.
Why bring Moss onto this under-achieving team? The answer is simple, the Chargers are in the AFC West and are technically never fully out of the divisional race. Yes, they are 3 games back to the Chiefs, but Moss' presence on the team could breath life back into them in enough time to make that postseason push. Not to mention, there is no way Jackson will be a Charger next year; and if they can sign Moss to an extension, he can fill the void left by VJax.
6. San Fransisco 49ers
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Another team in dire straits looking for a way out, the San Fransisco 49ers, are next on the list to bring Moss in. Under a new, replacement leader, Troy Smith, the Niners worked their way to a victory of the pass happy Denver Broncos. The Niners are still 2-6 though and with the way things are going, it looks as if Mike Singletary is on his way out if something doesn't change fast. Maybe that big change could be Moss, who would fall into an offense that is one step away from being strong.
Troy Smith has two, young and elite options in Crabtree and Davis, but with the edition of Moss, he adds a deep threat and adds a new facet to the offense in the process. Not to mention, with Moss there, teams would be forced to choose between him and Gore to cover on a regular basis which isn't a choice anyone wants to make. The only thing is, this may only be a rental, because if things don't work out and Singletary is fired, Moss would just leave the sinking ship before he was drowned too.
5. Washington Redskins
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The potential problems arising between Shanahan and McNabb could be all but destroyed, with the addition of Moss and the the best option given to McNabb since Desean Jackson. Though some could look at this as a potential McNabb-Owens situation, others could see its potential if the two could mesh well together.
McNabb's new trio of receivers could be dominant with Moss, Moss, and Cooley and gives the NFC a whole new threat. Unfortunately though with the Giants easily sitting in first, the Redskins are gunning for a wild card spot and Randy could drop one right into their laps. Not to mention, there is a big chance that Moss won't return after this season.
4. Oakland Raiders
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A reunion with the Raiders may be the last thing that Randy Moss wants to happen because he can't help remember what a black spot his time there put on his career. However, the Raiders are a different team and are in search of their first divisional title and playoff berth since 2002 and he could be pivotal in getting them there.
The recent resurgance of the Raiders offense has come in chunks and with a combined total of 92 points over the last two games, fans have been giving what seems like a glimpse of how dominant the old Raiders were. Adding Moss, gives Jason Campbell a real target to throw to for the first time in his career, McFadden and Bush would have more running room, and would add veteran presence to this young and exciting team all at the same time. Could it be time to dust off the old #18 jerseys?
3. Seattle Seahawks
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The Seahawks have had their talons in every big name receiver to hit the market and have been unable to come up with anything. They were even mentioned as one of the teams interested in Randy before he was dealt to the Vikings. The Hawks are in first place thanks to their division being so lackluster and could actually pose competition in the playoffs if they add Moss to their mix.
Mike Williams has blown up in recent weeks and putting a combination of Golden Tate and Deon Butler in the slot is nothing short of impressive. Moss though would likely be used as a distraction and his numbers would take a large hit, which probably won't fare well into his TO-like ego and he could have another outburst if he isn't thrown to enough.
2. Tennessee Titans
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The Titans have been a run-first team for the most part, but the addition of Moss would fill in the blank left by the injury suffered by Kenny Britt. Moss is the perfect deep threat and is an older, more experienced version of what the Titans had in Britt. Jeff Fisher is also a good enough head coach to where he could probably settle down Moss' antics.
Vince Young needs his deep player and without the production of Britt, this team could actually falter and begin to lose games. The team has so much potential to be dominant and with the defense playing as well as it is, the Titans could be headed to the AFC Championship.
1. New England Patriots
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Moss back to the Patriots looks like as much of a done deal as possible, if he can pass through all 31 teams and land back in the place where his career was revived. Brady, Belicheck, and the Patriots would all be happy to have him back and Moss apparently wants to be there. He wanted to be there so bad, he practically gave an entire press conference on how much he admires them.
Bringing back Moss with the addition of Branch looks like a win-win for the Patriots and if they could just sign him to a deal, maybe he would be as happy as he was in 2007 and just go off again. The Patriots dominance will continue if he rejoins them and they would have a team that could rival that of the undefeated one once again.