NFL: How Randy Moss Returning to New England Patriots Shakes Up the AFC

Steven BaldassariContributor IIIMarch 2, 2011

Courtesy of the NFL
Courtesy of the NFL

Randy either hate him or you love him. The funny thing is, he either hates or loves you too!

One thing is for certain: Randy Moss loves the New England Patriots.

In an interview with KFAN 1130 AM in Minnesota on March 16, 2011, former Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss made it clear that he still has a special place in his heart for the New England Patriots.

"If you ask me where my heart and where I'm happy is ... I love Tom Brady and I love playing for coach Belichick," Moss said.

During the Vikings: Randy Moss Postgame Press Conference on 10/31/2010, Randy Moss had the following to say: "The captains, [Vince] Wilfork, [Tom Brady], [Jerod] Mayo, Kevin Faulk, I miss those guys. I miss the team. It was hard for me to come here and play."

"It has been an up-and-down roller-coaster...Coach Belichick gave me an opportunity to be a part of something special and that is something I really take to heart. I actually salute Coach Belichick and his team for the success that they have had before me, during me and after me."

Moss went on: "So I am actually stuck for words, just because there are a lot of memories here. To the New England Patriots' fans, that ovation at the end of the game, that really felt heartwarming. I think I actually shed a tear for that."


"Like I said, it has been an emotional roller-coaster...The New England Patriots have always been a special organization... I don't know how many more times I am going to be up here in New England, but I am going to leave the New England Patriots and Coach Belichick here with a salute."

"I love you guys. I miss you. I'm out."

As recently as September 7, 2011, Tom Brady was quoted on Boston's radio station WEEI saying,

"Would it surprise me? You never know in the NFL. I talked to Randy just before the start of training camp. I love Randy. He's one of the greatest wide receivers in the history of the game, one of the greater players I've ever had the chance to play with.

Unfortunately, I don't make personnel decisions. If I did, I'd still have all my friends here -- Troy [Brown], David Patten, Deion [Branch] never would have left. I've seen so many guys move on, then guys come back. Who knows? You never know what situation we'll be in here next week, for that matter."



Brady went on to say, "I can't get into [Moss's] brain at all. I love the guy. He's a great friend of mine. If he ever did have the opportunity to come back, I'd certainly welcome it with open arms."

In case the skeptics out there think the Patriots shouldn't resign Randy Moss, below is a table listing his career statistics.

The statistics speak for themselves. One thing that stands out is how few receptions he made last year. Yes, Moss did drop more receptions last year than normal but even great players slump at times. With Moss it was a question of motivation not a slump. Regardless, you don't stop throwing him the ball.

Career Stats   Receiving
 Season Team G Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng YAC 1stD TD
 98-99 Minnesota 16 69 1313 82.1 19.0 61 3.6 51 17
 99-00 Minnesota 16 80 1413 88.3 17.7 67 4.7 52 11
 00-01 Minnesota 16 77 1437 89.8 18.7 78 3.9 58 15
 01-02 Minnesota 16 82 1233 77.1 15.0 73 5.9 59 10
 02-03 Minnesota 16 106 1347 84.2 12.7 60 3.2 66 7
 03-04 Minnesota 16 111 1632 102.0 14.7 72 4.0 76 17
 04-05 Minnesota 13 49 767 59.0 15.7 82 4.2 43 13
 05-06 Oakland 16 60 1005 62.8 16.8 79 2.9 46 8
 06-07 Oakland 13 42 553 42.5 13.2 51 3.0 29 3
 07-08 New England 16 98 1493 93.3 15.2 65 3.0 74 23
 08-09 New England 16 69 1008 63.0 14.6 76 5.2 46 11
 09-10 New England 16 83 1264 79.0 15.2 71 3.8 62 13
 10-11 New England 4 9 139 34.8 15.4 35 4.4 6 3
 10-11 Minnesota 4 13 174 43.5 13.4 37 1.4 10 2
 10-11 Tennessee 8 6 80 10.0 13.3 26 2.0 4 0
 Career 202 954 14858 73.6 15.6 82 3.9 682 153



In short, Randy Moss feels under-appreciated. He does not believe that the bad reputation he has received is warranted.

Yes, he is going to "play how he wants to play, do what he wants to do," but he is also going to do his job and "take the top off the defense." That, my friends, he has done with the best in NFL history. You can bet your chips that if Moss ever returns there will be no more letting up on his end. He will have one thing on his mind and one thing only and that is to win a Superbowl. Doing that would shut everyone up who said he was a washed up problem.

Putting pride aside and thinking about how valuable he could be to the Patriots, especially for the discounted rate at which they could sign him, New England would be foolish to not sign Randy Moss if the opportunity presents itself. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Robert Kraft would agree and that you will see him and the Patriots resign and reunite with the Moss in the near future.

If New England is hesitant or declines to sign the veteran Randy Moss because of the Chad Ochocinco offseason signing, then the New York Jets may seize the moment and pursue Moss themselves. Darrelle Revis may have called Randy Moss a slouch in the past, but the Jets cornerback has already gone public saying that he would not mind having Randy Moss as a teammate.


“I would not have a problem with Randy Moss playing on our team,” said Revis, who was in Manhattan to do a promotional appearance for Range Rover. “He’s a great player he makes a lot of great plays throughout his career.”

Furthermore, Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum held his annual pre-draft press conference at the team's Florham Park facility Thursday. On Friday, he followed up with a 15-minute spot on Pro Football Talk Live, addressing the Jets’ team needs in more depth.

“Not knowing who will be back on the other side (after free agency), I certainly think depth in the front seven, some youth there. Offensive line, we think we can use a couple players short and long term,” said Tannenbaum. He went on to say, “At receiver, that could be a place we’d like to add somebody. Really I don’t think we can go wrong.”

On the matter of whether the Jets are interested in WR Randy Moss or not Tannenbaum had the following to say, “I can't comment on that. He's going to be a free agent, so I can't comment on whether or not we have an interest in him.”

At this point all we as fans can do is wait and see how things develop but one thing is for certain, this is just the tip of the iceberg pertaining to the frenzy surrounding where Randy Moss will sign and sign he will. Stay tuned for more information as it develops.