It was bound to happen sooner or later.
The New York Jets are continuing their now-annual routine of making heads turn during the offseason. For the past two years, it was Rex Ryan predicting a Super Bowl victory—a prediction that has yet to pan out.
In the midst of the NFL Lockout, Ryan is making noise again. No, he hasn't made a bold prediction just yet. Instead, according to NFL.com's Vic Carucci, he's mentioned interest in Randy Moss.
Yes, the former Viking-turned-Raider-turned-Patriot-turned-Viking Part Deux-turned-Titan has apparently grabbed Ryan's attention. To which I respond: "What?"
I guess I can understand where Jets management is coming from. The team is facing expiring contracts for Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Brad Smith—three players who were key in the Jets' past two playoff runs.
Holmes says he doesn't want to sign a one-year deal, opting instead for a long-term contract. Odds are that the Jets are going to be unable or unwilling to keep both Holmes and Edwards, which leaves a wide receiver slot wide open.
More importantly, if the Jets get Moss, it means that the dark, evil franchise to the northeast won't.
Ryan has striven to defeat Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots every chance he can, and has walked away from the battles with a 3-2 record. The Jets defeated the Patriots at Foxborough in the AFC Divisional round by a score of 28-21.
But that isn't enough. It's clear Rex's agenda contains two things: Winning a Super Bowl and sweeping New England. As such, it should really come as no surprise that Ryan wants his hands on the free agent Moss.
Now that I've built up an argument for Moss, I refer to my previous statement: "What?"
The man is entering his 14th NFL season at the age of 34. He spent the 2010 season on three separate teams. He was traded from New England to Minnesota after a Week Four matchup versus the Miami Dolphins in which he had zero catches and a dropped touchdown.
After a resounding four-week return to the Vikings, he was cut after criticizing management and teammates, with reports of a dispute with a local restaurant owner surfacing after the move. He finished the season on the Titans and recorded six catches for 80 yards in his Tennessee stint.
What part of that is desirable?
The only positive I see in this is that the Patriots won't have him. I don't recall New England ever expressing interest in bringing him back. If they don't want him, Gang Green shouldn't either.
If last year was any indication, Moss won't put all his effort in for a team if he's the least bit unhappy. It's clear Moss was happiest in New England, so of course it makes sense to put him in a jersey where he'll be competing against them twice a year.
If the Jets aren't able to keep both Holmes and Edwards, it's no question a wide receiver needs to be brought in to fix the problem. Moss isn't that solution.
He'll make a bigger hole.