Randy Moss and the Miami Dolphins: Pros and Cons

Danny DolphinAnalyst INovember 3, 2010

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - OCTOBER 7:  Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss answers questions from the media during a press conference at Winter Park on October 7, 2010 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

With Wednesday’s 4:00 p.m. ET waiver deadline looming, Randy Moss will soon learn his new surroundings. That is, if a team puts out a claim for him, as expected.

Miami currently sits 18th on the waiver priority list.

Teams like the Rams, Chargers and Seahawks could make a play for the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver before Miami would have their chance. The highest team on the priority list to make a claim gets Moss’ services.

Let’s weigh the pros and cons of Moss landing in Miami.



  1. He gives them a much-needed deep threat.
  2. He would open up the field for Brandon Marshall and the running game.
  3. We would learn a lot about just how good Chad Henne is with an elite receiving corps at his disposal.
  4. The only investment would be money. He could be released at any time if things went sour.
  5. Claiming Moss would block him from going to a division rival (Patriots, Jets).
  6. He’s a playmaker.


  1. Would the offense utilize his talents? They rarely go deep.
  2. He’s been a distraction with every team he’s played on.
  3. He doesn’t always play hard.
  4. At this point in his career, at age 33, does the talent outweigh the baggage?



Although Moss is often unpredictable, putting out a claim to acquire his talents this late in the season without giving anything up is a no-brainer.

It’s iffy as to whether Miami even has a chance to land him, with 17 other teams higher up on the waiver priority list. In due time, we will know if Moss is to become a Dolphin.

If it were up to Brandon Marshall, he’s all for it.

“Let’s go. Let’s get him, let’s get him, let’s go get him,” said Marshall on the Michael Irvin Show on WQAM on Tuesday. “I don’t know what we’ll do, but I welcome him with open arms.”