Randy Moss: 21 Teams Who Should've Placed a Waiver Claim and Didn't

Elliott Pohnl@@ElliottPohnl_BRFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2010

Randy Moss: 21 Teams Who Should've Placed a Waiver Claim and Didn't

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    Randy Moss has been claimed by the Tennessee Titans off waivers Wednesday, bringing an end to roughly 24 hours of speculation as to where he would land in the NFL.

    According to multiple reports, the Titans were the only team to put in a claim on Moss.

    It's difficult to believe all 21 NFL teams ahead of Tennessee in the waiver priority would all decide to pass on landing a Hall of Fame receiver still capable of making an impact.

    Needing another receiver with Kenny Britt expected to miss several games with a hamstring injury, Moss should be a good fit for Jeff Fisher's team.

    The Titans aren't the only NFL team that needed another receiving threat.

    Here's a look at why the 21 teams ahead of Tennessee should have staked a claim on Randy Moss.

No. 21: Buffalo Bills

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    The Bills didn't claim Moss, choosing instead to take a chance on Shawne Merriman off waivers.

    The acquisition of Merriman makes a great deal of sense.

    Buffalo is still looking for enough bodies to fit into the 3-4 scheme on defense, and Bills' general manager Buddy Nix drafted Merriman while working for the Chargers as Director of Player Personnel.

    At the same time, the Bills certainly could have benefited from adding another weapon in the passing game.

    Even though Steve Johnson and Lee Evans have been outstanding in recent weeks, Ryan Fitzpatrick needs all the help he can get with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller struggling to get the running game off the ground.

No. 20: Dallas Cowboys

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    The team that famously passed on Moss in the draft had a chance to make a big splash by claiming the unemployed receiver off waivers.

    With his team searching for any kind of a spark at 1-6, Jerry Jones doesn't have much more to lose.

    Wade Phillips isn't the only one thanking his lucky stars Moss didn't wind up in Dallas.

No. 19: Carolina Panthers

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    Carolina would have been a logical destination for Moss.

    A series of unfortunate circumstances has forced the Panthers to rely heavily on rookie receivers Brandon LeFell and David Gettis.

    If nothing else, Moss would have brought a proven, experienced weapon to Carolina's anemic attack.

No. 18: San Francisco 49ers

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    San Francisco already has a No. 84, but even a disinterested Randy Moss would have been a huge upgrade over Josh Morgan.

    Sure, the 49ers have Vernon Davis and Frank Gore.

    However, between Morgan, underachieving youngster Michael Crabtree and Ted Ginn, the receiving corps leaves a lot to be desired.

    Mike Singletary's motivational tactics certainly would have been tested by Moss's presence.

No. 17: Denver Broncos

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    Speaking of coaches who love "character guys," Denver's Josh McDaniels runs a tight ship in Denver.

    Unless McDaniels starts winning games, that ship might soon set sail down the Rio Grande all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

    The Broncos can't run the ball, so giving Kyle Orton another weapon alongside Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Lloyd would have made sense.

    At the same time, it's difficult to see a marriage between Moss and McDaniels.

No. 16: Detroit Lions

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    The Lions could always use a little help opposite of Calvin Johnson.

    Nate Burleson has stepped up and tight ends Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler have also been big contributors, but an offense with Moss and Johnson on the outside would be difficult to defend.

    Had the Lions made a claim, there is no guarantee Moss would have reported to the team.

No. 15: Cleveland Browns

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    Perhaps no team in the NFL needs receivers more than the Cleveland Browns.

    Regardless of who is playing quarterback, the Browns have had difficulty generating big plays in the passing game during the last two seasons.

    Mike Holmgren certainly knows what Moss is capable of.

    Apparently the bad outweighed the good.

No. 14: Cincinnati Bengals

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    Boy, would this have been fun.

    Already with two volatile star receivers and plenty of depth on the outside, Cincinnati steered clear of Moss.

    It really wouldn't have been surprising for the Bengals to give Moss a second chance, just as they have done with so many players in recent years.

No. 13: San Diego Chargers

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    There is no Vincent Jackson, and there will be no Randy Moss in San Diego.

    The Chargers have enough weapons, but they don't really have a receiver capable of stretching the field.

    Moss could have given San Diego's offense a lift and possibly even spurned another late-season playoff push.

No. 12: Arizona Cardinals

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    The Cardinals don't have a glaring need at wide receiver, but offsetting Larry Fitzgerald with Randy Moss would have created nightmare matchups for opponents.

    Arizona clearly needs a quarterback more than anything else.

    Maybe the Vikings will place Brett Favre on waivers.

No. 11: Washington Redskins

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    Before the Shanahan family heaps more blame on Donovan McNabb, they should take a look at what he has to work with at wide receiver.

    Had it not been for the controversy surrounding McNabb, you have to wonder if Daniel Snyder would have made a move for Randy Moss.

    He would have fit right in with the soap opera in Landover.

No. 10: St. Louis Rams

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    The Rams have a nice thing going with Sam Bradford leading the way.

    At the same time, injuries to Mark Clayton and Donnie Avery have forced the Rams to rely on unproven receivers.

    Even though it's worked so far, Bradford could have used a proven weapon.

    The Rams reportedly discussed claiming Moss on waivers, but opted against the move out of concern Moss would not report.

No. 9: Oakland Raiders

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    Al Davis evidently wanted no part of taking another chance on Randy Moss.

    After Moss created more headaches than anything else during his stint in Oakland, the Raiders weren't likely to have any interest in Moss.

    With a receiving corps still a work in progress, Moss would have brought stability and helped free up an improving running game.

    That is, if he would have reported.

No. 8: Jacksonville Jaguars

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    The Jaguars could use a boost in attendance, and adding Moss might have at least helped end the weekly threat of blackouts in Jacksonville.

    With an improving group of young receivers led by Mike Sims-Walker, it's no surprise the Jags passed on claiming Moss.

No. 7: Seattle Seahawks

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    The Seahawks were expected to take a long look at claiming Moss off waivers.

    Based on multiple reports Wednesday, Pete Carroll had little interest in adding another potential problem-child at wide receiver.

    After Carroll parted ways with prima donna T.J. Houshmandzadeh earlier this year, it's not completely surprising Moss wasn't claimed by Seattle.

    Mike Williams has been a revelation, but the rest of the receivers are average at best.

No. 6: Philadelphia Eagles

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    DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Randy Moss?

    That would have been something.

    The Eagles don't have a glaring need for Moss, but Andy Reid's passion for throwing the ball would have made Moss a nice fit in Philly.

No. 5: Miami Dolphins

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    Aside from Brandon Marshall and slot-specialist Davone Bess, the Dolphins are still one threat away from being able to consistently compete against the NFL's best defenses.

    Since the running game has struggled all season, Miami has suddenly been forced to pass the ball more than expected.

    Miami reportedly had at least a little interest in Moss, but evidently not enough to make a claim.

No. 4: Houston Texans

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    Kevin Walter has been a colossal disappointment and Jacoby Jones has been banged up.

    With scoring points being the key for the defensively-challenged Texans, adding another weapon could have helped Houston get over the hump and maybe even make noise in the playoffs.

No. 3: Chicago Bears

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    It's just so fun to imagine the prickly Jay Cutler interacting with the irritable Randy Moss.

    Throw Mike Martz into the mix and you have a volcanic threesome.

    Aside from the chance to see sideline scuffles, Cutler's huge arm coupled with Martz's passion for throwing deep could have led to considerable success for Moss.

    Cutler could use another receiver capable of stretching the field besides Johnny Knox.

    The more you think about it, the more a claim by the Bears would have made sense.

No. 2: Green Bay Packers

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    Donald Driver is nearing the end of the road, placing added pressure on James Jones and Jordy Nelson.

    Already without Jermichael Finley, Aaron Rodgers can't afford to lose many more weapons.

    The fan-fallout from bringing in Moss probably was enough to prevent the Packers from seriously considering claiming him.

No. 1: New Orleans Saints

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    As fantasy football owners know all too well, the Saints have an abundance of wide receivers and there just aren't enough balls to go around.

    On the surface, it might appear bringing in a player with Moss's ego could have been a disaster waiting to happen.

    Still, adding depth in the form of a future Hall of Famer is never a bad thing.

    Sean Payton likely would have found a way to keep Moss tuned in while getting him involved in the offense.