Chicago Bears Take a Pass on Randy Moss
Randy Moss has been claimed off waivers by the Tennessee Titans after being officially released by the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday afternoon.
It was easy to see that the Chicago fanbase wanted Moss in a Bears uniform. And the offense clearly needed him. Jay Cutler excelled with a big, powerful wide receiver who was somewhat of a diva in Denver when he was lighting it up with Brandon Marshall. Many felt he could do the same with future Hall of Famer Randy Moss.
But Moss slowly fell down the waiver list to the Tennessee Titans, who currently rank 22nd on the NFL Official Waiver List. He didn't even receive so much as a sniff from the Chicago Bears (who would've received Moss had they put in a claim, being five spots lower on the list at No. 17), who are currently a bottom-10 team in every conceivable offensive area.
One of the Chicago Bears' biggest holes going into the offseason was possessing a legit playmaker at the wide receiver position. That and the offensive line, of course.
And while Johnny Knox, Devin Hester and the makeshift group of receivers haven't been completely inept, they look exactly like what they are this season—a group of second and third receivers led by a supposed No. 1 receiver in Devin Hester, who is looking more and more like he simply can't make the conversion to a full, reliable receiving threat.
And yet the Bears do nothing. To date, they have passed on Anquan Boldin (had for a third-round pick), Superbowl MVP Santonio Holmes (fifth-round pick), Cutler's old Pro Bowl teammate, Brandon Marshall (two second-round picks—a small price to pay knowing what Cutler and Marshall did together), Terrell Owens, T.J. Houshmazilly... whatever, and now Randy Moss.
And while, yes, the receiving corps can't fix the offensive line, it could guarantee that when Cutler does have time to throw every once in a while, his targets would be running the correct routes and lining up in the correct spots. Seventy-five percent of Cutler's interceptions this season have come from his receivers, mostly Knox, running incorrect routes or not being in the correct spot. Three in particular were awful routes run by Knox just this past week against the Redskins.
The Bears also never made a play for offensive linemen Alan Faneca, Logan Mankins, Marcus McNeill or any of the other line talent that was available either through free agency or via trade.
To put all your eggs in the Cutler basket and then not give him any legit targets or a line to protect him is ludicrous to me, and I don't understand it at all. The Bears haven't learned that trusting in their own homegrown talent leads to disaster (Benson, Harris, Anderson—need I go on?). Randy Moss simply puts the icing on the cake.
Regardless how long you think it would take Moss to learn the Martz offense, or fit in inside the locker room, it's insane that the Bears wouldn't try to acquire one of the best wide receivers in the league for little more than a $3 million contract pickup.
But then again, we are talking about the Bears. Sensible decisions just seemingly aren't in the cards for this team.
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