Randy Moss: 10 Playoff Contenders That Should Take a Look
Only Randy Moss could be a part of what can only be described as a unique experience thus far in the 2010 season.
Often criticized by the media because of his lackadaisical demeanor both on and off the field, Moss has proven poisonous for not one, but TWO teams this year.
Originally of the New England Patriots, the veteran wide receiver bore the burden of an uncertain future and the constant press around the subject, ultimately causing him and Bill Belichick to part ways after three relatively incident-free years.
Scooped up by the struggling Minnesota Vikings off the waiver wire, they, too, grew tired of his child-like behavior with the media (near the end of his Viking tenure, Moss refused to speak to reporters per league rules) and his inconsistent play at wideout, dumping him after only a four-week return tour in Minny.
Devoid of any leverage regarding a new deal, Moss will have to weigh the opportunities he is sure to receive in the coming days from prospective suitors. Because of his volatile nature, the 13-year pro has to be treated with kid gloves, not to mention Moss must land on a team stable enough to weather the media baggage he carries.
Without further ado, here are 10 playoff contenders in which Randy Moss could fit.
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Kansas City Chiefs
Sitting atop the AFC West division at 5-2, the Chiefs could afford the luxury of acquiring the type of game-breaking talent that Moss brings to the table.
The missing piece of the Kansas City puzzle lies in their passing game, which ranks dead-last in the NFL, as quarterback Matt Cassel has yet to return to his 2008 form.
As if right on time, Moss' availability presents GM Scott Pioli with the dilemma of dealing with a headstrong receiver, but one who also caught 11 touchdowns passes from Cassel in '08 and would complement the Chiefs' strong running attack with his downfield presence. Todd Haley could have a field day with another big-play threat at his disposal as Moss would allow him to open up a rather generic passing game.
If the Chiefs have any hope of achieving success in what is rounding out to be a formidable AFC playoff race, then they should look to the future Hall of Famer for answers to resuscitate a dying KC offense.
From one West division to the other, the Randy Moss Extravaganza takes us to the Seattle Seahawks of the NFC.
Blessed with a bottom-10 pass offense, plus a 6-to-8 TD/INT ratio, Pete Carroll could inject some life into the 'Hawks possible playoff-bound season with the acquisition of the 33-year-old receiver.
With Golden Tate still refining his game and Deion Branch now a resident of Massachusetts, Seattle could come out the victors of a Branch-for-Moss swap if they decide to sign the 6'4" playmaking wideout.
The twilight years of Matt Hasselbeck are upon us, and time is running out for the Seahawks to make another deep postseason run; the timing is perfect for a major signing within the organization to provide hope for a perennially-invested fan base.
Staying in the West (not by choice), Ken Whisenhunt's Arizona team is still competing for a division title, despite a revolving door at the quarterback position.
The attention that longtime buddy Larry Fitzgerald (Fitz was a Viking ballboy when Moss first hit the scene) has been receiving of late would cease to exist if 'Zona could reach out and sign Moss.
Derek Anderson, despite his deficiencies, can get the ball down the field (a Moss special) and the conundrum of matching up with Moss and Fitzgerald for an opposing defense has to be a scary proposition.
Now that Steve Breaston is finally living up to the expectations his speed put on him, those trio of receivers in Arizona could put the Cardinals back on the NFC map.
Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars
These two AFC South rivals have glaring problems at the wide receiver spot because of ineffectiveness and injuries, alike.
For Tennessee, the injury to Kenny Britt (he is doubtful for this upcoming week) and the lack of a top-tier receiver make it easy for opposing defenses to key on Chris Johnson. Moss, who would form a devastatingly tall duo at WR once Britt comes back, could benefit from the gunslinging mentality of Kerry Collins or the constant barrage of deep balls from Vince Young in the passing game.
With David Garrard fully recovered, the Jags are hoping to build off of their recent success (Garrard threw four TDs last week) and continue to fine tune the NFL's sixth-worst passing attack.
Along with Mike Sims-Walker and Marcedes Lewis, not to leave out MJD, Moss could finally fill Jacksonville's hole at the No. 1 wideout spot, left vacant once Jimmy Smith retired, in the Jacksonville offense.
No matter who is under center, the Titans and Jaguars could challenge for the South with another playmaker on offense, and Moss has the abilities to fit the bill for both teams.
Amid the controversy stemming from Donovan McNabb's fourth-quarter benching, only the signing of Randy Moss could turn the media's attention away from the recent QB controversy.
Although Santana Moss has always remained productive, he seems fit for a secondary role behind a receiver like Randy Moss.
McNabb is no stranger to ego-driven receivers and his experience with T.O would serve him well when dealing with Moss.
If Mike Shanahan could get a handle on his raucous locker room, then Washington should look long and hard at Moss, especially with the red-hot Giants ready to pull away atop the East.
Stop reading if you didn't get the Moss-Marshall connection.
Plain and simple, a young Dolphins team relying on the arm of Chad Henne would be able to deploy Moss downfield, opposite All-Pro Brandon Marshall, and give him a chance to exact revenge on New England once again this season.
An opportunity to dethrone the Pats is sure to be high on Moss' wish list, and Miami offers an ideal destination. Tony Sparano's organization is run efficiently from top to bottom with little qualms heard aloud, and Moss would not be able to dissolve the strong foundation that Sparano has built.
The risks surely do not out-weigh the reward of teaming B-Marshall and Randy Moss in their passing game. Let's hope Miami can give us the privilege.
The options are getting thinner for Randy Moss as we head down this list, but the Bears are one of the few realistic landing spots for the 13-year vet.
Mike Martz is always looking to retool his offense and the explosive ability of Moss must bring '99 Rams flashbacks to the offensive guru's head.
The support Moss will provide for the Chicago offense may not show up in the box score, but his presence on the field would ease some pressure off of a floundering offensive line and could help spark a resurgent Bears running game.
Jay Cutler used to throw to an All-Pro in Denver (see No. 6) and there's no reason why the Chicago organization couldn't at least kick the tires on bringing in a talented receiver like Moss to aid them during a brutal winter stretch.
New Orleans Saints
Sean Payton has to be thinking about it.
The idea of Moss in the Saints offense must have Payton foaming at the mouth, at the very least.
Armed with a Super Bowl-winning star in Drew Brees, New Orleans could be the place to provide Moss with the internal support and hard-working mentality he needs to succeed.
As they slowly get healthy on offense, the firepower that could come from a Moss-laced Saints passing game could be historic and impossible to defend come playoff time.
They had to have at least thought about Moss, right?
New York Jets
Revis vs. Moss would be reserved for practice only.
If No. 84 ever donned the green and white, Patriot Nation would burn the history books and show no traces that the 2007 season ever occurred.
Moss has the nerve to cross Belichick, and he would relish the chance to stick it to his former head coach.
Mark Sanchez doesn't need the weapons, but gluttony exudes from the Jets locker room whether it's Rex Ryan's stomach or Jason Taylor's New York media tour.
Moss to the Jets: That would be something.