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NFL Free Agency: The 8 Best Possible Landing Spots for Randy Moss

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IMay 24, 2011

NFL Free Agency: The 8 Best Possible Landing Spots for Randy Moss

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    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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    It's hard to believe that one of the NFL's most dangerous and productive receivers in history was bounced around to three different teams in 2010. 

    While he's always had an attitude, Randy Moss' talent usually trumped anything he could pull on or off-the-field.

    Now, the free agent Moss looks destined to play on his fourth different team in just a year's time.

    Which teams are the best fits? Here are eight scenarios that make sense for Moss and could possibly happen.

New York Jets

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings lines up on offense against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    This connection has really started to get legs, as Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that the Jets have "legitimate interest" in signing Moss.

    With three receivers—Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Brad Smith—that are free agents this offseason, bringing on Moss makes some sense for the Jets.

    Even so, the ideal situation for New York would be to re-sign that trio. If the Jets felt either Holmes or Edwards were leaving, however, Moss would make a viable replacement.

New England Patriots

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    FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 and Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots take a breather on the bench during the NFL season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachuset
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    There are some who will say this could never happen again, but they are probably the same people who thought it could never happen in the first place.

    Moss has confessed his love to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick on several occasions, and there didn't seem to be any hard feelings between the two after Moss was traded to Minnesota. 

    If there is any team that can still get the most out of Moss, it's likely New England.

    I say it's still unlikely that Moss returns to the Patriots, but it's still a landing spot that works for both parties.

Washington Redskins

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    NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 21:  Randy Moss #84 of the Tennessee Titans has a touchdown pass called back for offensive pass interference against the Washington Redskins at LP Field on November 21, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Redskins won 19-16 in overt
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    If money is the No. 1 issue to Moss, then Washington might be his best bet. 

    Owner Dan Synder wouldn't be afraid to open the checkbook for Moss, and he'd likely be in a leading role in the Redskins offense. 

    However, Moss also needs to realize that Washington doesn't have a starting quality quarterback. He went through that scenario in Tennessee and likely would steer clear if given the choice.

    Still, you can't deny the effect of the dollar, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Redskins overpaid for Moss to come to Washington.

St. Louis Rams

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    ST. LOUIS - NOVEMBER 30:  Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings stiff arms Travis Fisher #22 of the St. Louis Rams on November 30, 2003 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams defeated the Vikings 48-17.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    The Rams are a really intriguing landing spot for Moss. 

    Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels worked extensively with Moss in New England, including the 2007 season when Moss caught 23 touchdown passes, and the Rams might be in the market for a game-changing receiver.

    And while the Rams offense isn't going to be what the '07 Patriots was, Moss could help out that unit.

    Sam Bradford has never had a weapon like Moss during his time in the NFL, and those two could make a tough combination in the wide-open NFC West.

Seattle Seahawks

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    MINNEAPOLIS - DECEMBER 12: Marquand Manuel #33 of the Seattle Seahawks is called for pass interference on this play with Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings on December 12, 2004 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Seattl
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    The Seahawks expressed an interest in Moss when the Vikings released him in November of last year, so you'd have to assume they'd take another look now that he's on the open market again. 

    But does he fit with Seattle? 

    While the Seahawks have an unsettled situation at quarterback, Moss could bring a vertical threat to that offense.

    Either way, I think Pete Carroll will once again take a long look at bringing Moss to Seattle.

Chicago Bears

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    CHICAGO - DECEMBER 14:  Wide receiver Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings gets chased by cornerback Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears during the game on December 14, 2003 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 13-
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    It's almost impossible to picture Moss in a Bears uniform, but this is a situation that makes some sense on paper. 

    Jay Cutler is one of the better deep-throwers in the game, and it's well-documented what Moss can do in a vertical role within an offense. 

    Also, Chicago could be a solid bet if Moss wants to be close to a championship. The Bears were one game from the Super Bowl in 2010, and he'd really help their problem at receiver.

San Diego Chargers

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 12:  Wide Receiver Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots can't hold onto a pass against Cornerback Quentin Jammer #23 of the San Diego Chargers during the first half of their NFL Game on October 12, 2008 at Qualcomm Stadium in San
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    The Chargers could be in play for Moss if fellow free agent receiver Vincent Jackson finds a new home for 2011. 

    Moss could help replace some of things that Jackson brought the Chargers offense, and Phillip Rivers is one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL. 

    I'm not sure if conservative GM A.J. Smith would take the risk, but Moss-to-San Diego is an appealing combination on paper.

Miami Dolphins

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    MIAMI - NOVEMBER 14:  Wide receiver Randy Moss #84 of the Tennessee Titans is seperated from the ball by Chris Clemons #30 of  the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    The Dolphins were another team that expressed interest in Moss in November, but that could have only been to prevent him from returning to New England. 

    With Moss back on the open market, would they attempt to block that from happening again? Doubtful, but it's something to think about. 

    If he did head to South Beach, however, Moss would team with Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess to create a solid trio for the Dolphins. 

    There'd be no more excuses for Chad Henne either.

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