Randy Moss and NFL Free Agency: 10 Potential Destinations for the Former Patriot
If and when the 2011 NFL season resumes and free agency gets back on track, Randy Moss will have a few options available to him as a free agent.
Moss made news Wednesday by saying, according to Mike Reiss' Twitter account, "If you ask me where my heart and where I'm happy is...I love Tom Brady and I love playing for coach (Bill) Belichick."
Does this portend a return to the Patriots for Moss, or is it simply a case of him looking to drum up interest?
Regardless of that or the current NFL CBA dispute and impeding lockout, players still need to talk to teams and gear up for what could be the 2011 season, so Moss may be on the move.
Once a No. 1 receiver on any team, Moss will most likely be relegated to a No. 2 role, but regardless of his title, here are 10 potential landing spots for the star wide receiver.
10. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills are always on the lookout for a minor deal to keep their name in the headlines.
Case and point, the Terrell Owens singing back in 2009.
Entering the 2010 season, the Bills receiving corps featured Lee Evans and then a bunch of question marks after.
At the bare minimum, receivers Roscoe Parrish, David Nelson and Stevie Johnson were complete surprises, but now it’s time to bring in some veteran presence to lead this group of young athletes.
If Moss can portray a positive image on these guys, recurring problems such as crucial drops from Evans could possibly be remedied with less pressure on him to perform as Moss lines up next to him.
Adding Moss to the Bills mix will also spread the field open for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, while also relieving pressure off Buffalo’s young team.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a bright future ahead of them, especially in the wide receiver department.
Fourth-round pick Mike Williams plays with the same "go-hard" mentality Randy Moss uses to compete, and adding his veteran presence to the mix will only help Williams grow as an NFL receiver.
Signing Moss as a free agent will fill in the mentor role for Williams and the rest of the Bucs' young receiving corps, while also adding another playmaker to the mix as they try and surprise people in 2011.
If the Bucs can get over the hump and enter “BEAST MODE,” Moss would be a great addition to lead this young team into the playoffs.
8. St. Louis Rams
Interested in Randy Moss the first time he hit the waiver wire, the St. Louis Rams could be the perfect resting place for Moss as he closes out his career.
The Rams’ new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' system will need a fresh start, and reuniting with Moss could add that proven receiver to lead the way.
They'd be taking an obvious risk with Moss’ character and attitude issues, but the tight-knit Rams offense will need more production from guys other than Brandon Gibson and Danny Amendola, and Moss should be their target.
Future star QB Sam Bradford would also welcome the addition of Moss, as he will have a solid backup plan to dish it to in case he gets in trouble in the pocket.
7. Cincinnati Bengals
With questions still surrounding the return of Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson, Randy Moss could help remedy the Bengals' lack of receivers entering the 2011 season.
Cincinnati obviously has no problem taking in controversial stars, and Carson Palmer should enjoy the addition of a downfield threat since the awful death of Chris Henry.
Lining up opposite tall Jordan Shipley, Moss will be able to spread the field out and give Palmer better options as he sits back in the pocket looking deep.
6. San Diego Chargers
Randy Moss hasn’t really made any huge off-field noise in recent past, so this makes him a viable candidate to join conservative GM A.J. Smith and the San Diego Chargers.
As Vincent Jackson is on his way out of San Diego, Moss would be able to thrive in an offense where he could be a No. 1 receiver.
Philip Rivers obviously has the talent to win games without the best receiving corps, but just imagine the big-play potential of Rivers heaving it downfield for Moss.
If Moss can keep his head on straight as he rounds out his career, consider a Moss-Chargers union a real possibility.
5. Kansas City Chiefs
Teaming up with Dwayne Bowe, Randy Moss to the Chiefs would create a legitimate receiving threat in Kansas City.
With Matt Cassel leading the way, Moss would become familiar again with the quarterback’s preferences and create the deep threat the Chiefs have been missing.
With less pressure on Bowe to be the sole receiving threat in Kansas City’s game plan, we would probably see less crucial dropped passes and more getting back to having fun playing the professional game.
It wouldn’t seem logical for the Chiefs to take a chance on Moss if they see Bowe becoming a true No. 1 receiver in the immediate future, but adding Moss to their line should create more opportunity for Bowe to become a bona fide playmaker.
4. Washington Redskins
After Santana Moss, the Redskins used a crop of young guys to supplement their receiving needs.
With Randy Moss on the depth chart, he could potentially help Anthony Armstrong focus on precise route running, while Moss would handle the deep route aspect of Washington’s offensive game.
When the Redskins lose the other Moss this offseason, Randy will be able to help stretch the field for Coach Shanahan’s offense while also creating a genuine threat for 2011.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
As we saw in the 2010 Super Bowl, the Pittsburgh Steelers are lacking that flash of talent at wide receiver besides future star Mike Wallace.
Hines Ward has seen his best days behind him and Antonio Brown is way too inconsistent to build their franchise around.
The Steelers play no-nonsense football and Moss would have to conform to the "Steelers way" if he wants to play for a championship-caliber team.
Moss’ veteran leadership could mesh well with the receiving crop of the Steelers and eventually create a powerful receiving attack in the Steel City.
2. Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks are really in need of a No. 1-type of receiver, and Randy Moss could very well be their guy.
Coach Pete Carroll has the patience and skill set to deal with Moss’ attitude and could potentially be the best coach Moss has played for.
With better receivers aligned with Mike Williams, Matt Hasselbeck will be able to return to a consistent form, and give the Seahawks another opportunity to surprise in the playoffs.
Moss-to-the-Seahawks is a real possibility, and I’m going on record now by saying look out, NFL, the Seahawks have the potential to do big things.
1. New England Patriots
Making it no secret that he would like to rejoin Tom Brady in Foxboro, Randy Moss may be gearing up for his return to the Patriots.
While with New England, Moss enjoyed great success in what was a career-reviving move after wallowing in the Oakland Raiders offense for years.
Adding Moss to their crop of talented receivers would immediately keep them in the conversation for Super Bowl contenders and keep them on the right path for years to come.
This could potentially be a reunion made in heaven.
Christopher Howland is a Correspondent and Intern at BleacherReport.com.