Randy Moss: Why Didn't Other Teams Claim Him Off Waivers?

paul fergusonCorrespondent INovember 4, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 29-20.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Randy Moss is one of the most explosive receivers in the game, and one of the most dominant receivers of the last decade.

He spent the first part of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, with Daunte Culpepper as his quarterback, and Cris Carter as his wing man. Later in his career, he went to the Raiders, where he was not very productive, and no one even cares who his quarterback was.

Moss then went to the New England Patriots, where Tom Brady was his quarterback. He had some very productive years, as a part of the Patriots undefeated season, with Wes Welker alongside him.

In 2010, he has been relatively unproductive, and the Patriots did not think he was producing enough. Halfway through the year, they decided to trade Moss back to the Vikings in exchange for a third-round draft pick.

After lasting only a couple of games with the Vikings, the Vikings cut him without warning. 

They gave no warning, and more importantly, no explanation. They just cut Randy Moss, one of the most explosive receivers of our time. They placed him on the waiver wire, where any team had the opportunity to claim him in reverse order of the standings.

The Tennessee Titans were 22nd in the waiver priority, and 21 teams passed on Moss allowing the Titans to make their offense even more explosive.

How did Randy Moss, one of the most explosive receivers in recent history, a man whose last name was made into an action verb, because of his stellar play, released by so many teams, and then not claimed by 21 straight teams.

Why didn't other teams claim Randy Moss?

Here are two reasons why other teams passed on Randy Moss.


1. Teams wanted to give their young receivers a shot (Examples: WSH, SEA, NYG, PHI, NO)

Randy Moss is an old veteran, and even though he is still capable of putting up big numbers, teams did not want to take a chance on an older player, on the downside of the age decline. More and more teams are going with their younger receivers, and not signing the older ones.

Washington has some young receivers and they do not want to slow down the development of them. Seattle has Golden Tate, and he is coming along nicely. New York has "Jet Blue" in Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham. Philly has Jackson and Maclin, New Orleans has Colston, Moore and Henderson.

These teams do not want to stunt the growth of their younger wide receivers, and Moss would certainly demand attention.

Moss wants the ball, and he deserves to be on a team that will throw him the ball, and these young receivers do not deserve for Moss to come in and take catches away from them.

This is one reason other teams probably did not claim Randy Moss.


2. Can't Handle The Drama (Examples: CHI, CIN, OAK, BAL, KC)

Randy Moss is drama. Wherever he goes, drama follows. Rumors are out that the reason that Moss was released by the Vikings in the first place is because he complained loudly about free food that was brought into the locker room for the players.

Moss probably generates the most drama with the exception of Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, who are wide receivers for the Bengals. This is one reason the Bengals did not claim Moss, because they are already filled with enough drama.

Cutler and Moss wouldn't get along in Chicago, Oakland has already been on the Moss train, Moss might hinder Flacco's growth in Baltimore and he might stop a good thing going in Kansas City.

Moss creates drama, and some teams just can't handle the drama.

If your favorite team passed on Randy Moss, more than likely it was because they had young receivers developing already, or because he creates too much drama.

We will see how the Randy Moss experiment goes in Tennessee.

Can Jeff Fisher control him?

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Paul Ferguson is an intern at Bleacher Report.

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